If you actually want to be able to afford the new home or office you are moving into, it’s essential to be able to relocate without emptying your bank account. There are some handy tips you can follow to save you both money and time when moving, and hopefully take some of the stress out of an ordinarily quite haphazard event.
1. Organise. You may not need to go so far as to hire a personal assistant to help you stay on top of things, but it is absolutely crucial to be organised. It is wise to do a quick survey of your home several weeks before D day, to estimate how many boxes you will need and even work out a general plan in your head about how it will all work. When packing, make sure you label your things. This will save you a heck of a lot of time on the other end of the move, for both unpacking and directing your movers to know which room to put each box in.
2. Unclutter. If all those hours of watching Hoarders has taught me anything, it’s that there’s no benefit to clutter. Moving house or office is a fantastic way to rid of some of the trinkets, knick knacks, and general junk you may have accumulated from years of impulse buys and obligatory Christmas gifts from distant relatives. Having less stuff to move means having to pay less to move it, saving you enough cash to start re-cluttering your new home from scratch.
3. Cancel & Forward. In the excitement of moving, it can be quite easy to forget something as mundane as cancelling your electricity and water. Even though we use it daily, it’s not usually at the forefront of our minds until something goes wrong with it, or we get a bill. If you forget to cancel it before you leave, you will remember when your next bill comes in. There’s the risk of the new tenants using it under your name, or that you’ll keep being charged even though no one lives there anymore. Either way, it’s always a smart move to make sure it’s cancelled. It is also wise to forward as many accounts as you can onto your new address, including your bank, any subscriptions you have, your children’s school, your workplace, and anywhere else you can think of. Leaving a forwarding address with the Post Office is also wise.
Follow these tips and you’ll be guaranteed a more time and money efficient moving day!