There are many costs that come with moving house and most people forget to factor them all in. If you remember to include all these costs and be prepared for any emergencies, you will be able to stick to a strict budget for your move.
Compare My Move has put together some tips on how to avoid hidden costs when moving house, from asking for a breakdown of your quote to choosing the right time to move; they’ve got everything covered.
Use a Comparison Website
Firstly, you should compare conveyancing solicitors before rushing into choosing the first one you come across.
By comparing conveyancers, you will be guaranteed to receive the cheapest deal from a selection of fully regulated licensed conveyancers and conveyancing solicitors.
You can also use a comparison website to compare quotes from estate agents, removal companies, property surveyors and even storage companies. It’s always worth getting at least 3 quotes.
Ask for a Breakdown of Your Quote
Once you’ve received a quote from your removal, surveying companies and conveyancers, you should ask straight away for a breakdown of all the costs involved.
In this way, you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for and will be able to query any costs you’re not sure about. You’ll know instantly if they have added in an extra cost for a service you don’t need.
Use Your Own Packing Material
You can save a lot of money by opting out of a packing service from the removal company.
Use strong cardboard boxes that you’ve saved from deliveries or collect free boxes from local supermarkets, shops and Facebook Marketplace.
Make the most of your towels and bed sheets by wrapping plates and glasses in them.
Ask friends and family if they have any spare cardboard boxes and bubble wrap to help with your packing.
Choose the Right Time to Move
Choosing the right time of year to move will help you save a considerable amount on your removal costs.
Winter is the least favourite time of year to move, meaning prices are cheaper than any other time of year. Friday and weekend moves are popular, so prices are higher to match the demand.
Keep Space Outside Your House for Removal Van
If the outside of your house is blocked and there’s nowhere for the removal van to park, you could be met with an extra cost. This is a fine that could be easily avoided by ensuring there is a clear space outside your property. You could let your neighbours know in advance, so they know not to park outside your house that day.
If you stick to these simple tips, you’ll be sure to avoid any hidden costs when it comes to moving house.
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