Money Saving Alternatives to Moving House [2024]

Featured Partner Post

If you’ve recently looked around your home and realised it’s no longer quite what you need, the idea of moving probably came to mind. After all, if the place you’re living in is no longer the right fit, you’ll be keen to find a place that is.

Well, in some cases moving is the best answer, but moving is also expensive, disruptive, and stressful, and if you don’t want to go through that experience and you like where you live even if it’s not quite how you want it, staying put and making changes could be a better option.

With that in mind, here are some things you can do that are cheaper than moving house (and will still give you great results). Read on to find out more. 

Moving boxes and furniture in an empty room, suggesting relocation or unpacking as per a moving house checklist.

1. Reorganise

It could be as simple as decluttering and reorganising your home that does the trick, and it’s well worth trying this idea out before you decide to put the for sale board outside your house. The fact is that over time we gather up loads of possessions, and they can take up a lot of space, making the house feel smaller and making us feel stressed. If you were to declutter and get rid of all these extra unwanted items, you’ll suddenly have more space, and you’ll feel better about the place in general too.

Once you’ve decluttered, it’s a good idea to reorganise things and have a bit of a fresh start – it’s like moving but you get to stay where you are and make it look different, which is far easier. You could rearrange your furniture, for example, or add some extra storage solutions to keep things tidy, or perhaps change rooms around so your dining room becomes the living room and vice versa. Small changes can make a big difference. 

A woman organizes various bathroom items in a white, segmented storage drawer to avoid moving mistakes.

2. Renovations

Yes, this is going to be a more expensive option than the other things on the list, but it’s also a lot cheaper than moving, and if it’s space that’s causing the problem, this could be the best way to deal with it. 

When we buy a place to live, we’re usually thinking of the here and now and what’s going to suit us, and we’re not necessarily thinking of the future (and sometimes we might be, but our budgets won’t stretch to a property that will suit us later on). However, things change and needs develop, and it could be that you need an extra bedroom or a home office, for example – or just a nice place to spend some quiet time. By adding things like conservatories and extensions or transforming your loft, for example, you can give yourself the space you need for a fraction of the price of moving house (and you’ll also boost your own home’s value as a handy bonus). 

Modern dining room with a wooden table, teal chairs, exposed brick wall, and large windows overlooking a garden, perfect for those considering a home upgrade.

3. Design and Decorate

Sometimes you might need to freshen things up and look at it with new eyes, and a bit of DIY could be what makes the change you’re looking for – it’s certainly worth a try because DIY will help to sell your home if you do decide to move after all. 
Think about your kitchen and bathroom and update them as a priority because they’ll give the entire house a fresh feel. A new coat of paint or wallpaper, new carpets, and simple repairs can also work wonders.

A cozy living room with a pink sofa, a white rug, a wooden coffee table, and freshen living room accessories like a blue lamp on a side table.

4. Outdoor Improvements

If you’re garden space is looking dishevelled it doesn’t cost much, apart from your time and some plants to make it look better. Think about adding colour with flowering summer plants and ensure your borders are neat and tidy and the lawn is mowed. Adding a space to relax, dine or entertain is seen as a positive home improvement now and you’ll enjoy the mental health benefits of spending more time outdoors too. If funds and space allow you could even invest in a hot tub, adding the appropriate hot tub privacy to really enhance and elevate the outdoor area.

Outdoor patio area with out and out garden furniture and a large umbrella on a sunny day.

5. Room Repurposing

Is your home working for you and your family in the way that you need? It’s very common that we become blind to our surroundings over time, and don’t always notice when our design and decor isn’t suitable. If your circumstances have changed in the last few years, you may find you need more office space. What if you could repurpose a spare bedroom into a work from home space – would that make your home feel new and exciting? Do you have a kids’ playroom that sits unused and unloved? Why not turn it into a teenage den, or even your new exercise room? All of these changes are easy to undertake and can make your home feel fresh and renewed, removing the need to move home.

A modern home office setup with a Flexispot desk bike chair, computer monitor, and decorative plants.

Moving house isn’t the only way to achieve a fresh start. By investing in low cost home improvements, you can transform your living space without the financial and emotional stress of relocating.

These alternatives can make your current home feel new and exciting.

We highly recommend embracing these affordable options to create a more comfortable and personalized home before making the decision to move.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram

Featured Partner Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.