As regular readers of The Newby Tribe will know, just after Christmas last year, we were in the middle of moving 100 miles north for a job relocation. The tree was taken down on Boxing Day, presents were wrapped up and we spent 2 days moving to a new part of the country, just in time for New Year. Stressful is not a strong enough word! However, it all worked out well, mainly because we were lucky enough to have a relocation package to get us moved. Now, 7 months later, we are looking at making our second move in under a year. We initially moved to a rented house as we had no idea what the area was like, but having fallen in love with it, we are now ready to move to our own house. This time round we will be funding it all ourselves, but as we are only moving locally we have put together some top money saving and time saving tips, which will hopefully help it feel like a bit less of an upheaval!! So here are our top tips for moving house locally.
This may sound like an obvious one, but it’s a tip we have taken from when we moved house first time round! As soon as you know that you are going to be moving house, start to declutter. Look round at everything that you own, and in particular all the things in drawers, and be ruthless. There is nothing worse than paying to pack and move things that you don’t ever use or really want. You could even make a bit of money by selling your unwanted goods on online or with selling apps. We managed to make about £500 by selling various DVD’s, games consoles and toys that were no longer wanted!
When we moved at Christmas, we made the decision to have the removers pack for us. Whilst this made the moving day relatively unstressful, it was also super expensive! So when we move house locally, we are planning on packing ourselves. When I first considered this I was a bit worried about how to find the number of boxes we needed. I had thought that I’d have to resort to heading to the local supermarkets to pick up free boxes, but thankfully with a bit of research I came up with a better idea. I hadn’t realised that you could go along to Storage companies and buy boxes directly from them! The best thing is that you can actually buy a house removal pack of boxes for around £80 which is significantly cheaper than getting removers to pack for you!
Use Friends And Family
One of the best things about moving house locally is that you can call on family, friends and even neighbours to help you out. We will only be moving a few miles from where we are, so we are asking friends and family to come along with their cars to help move some of our boxes. We will make sure that we have a lovely meal for everyone in the evening in the new house – sort of like a house warming party – and might even be able to persuade them to help us unpack!
Use A Man And A Van
The most obvious thought when you start to move house, is to consider getting removers in to do it for you. After all, isn’t that what we all do? Well, if you are moving house locally there are some better choices. A removal firm can run into the thousands, even for a local move, but think about getting a Man And A Van instead! They tend to come in much cheaper, are much more willing to be flexible with what they do and, in my experience, are incredibly helpful on the day! I used Shiply to help find quotes for a Man And A Van for moving house, and managed to save a heap load!
But I guess the biggest tip is, don’t stress too much! Although moving house locally can be almost as stressful as moving a long way, ultimately knowing you don’t have a huge drive ahead of you makes it so much more bearable!
Have you got any great tips about moving house, locally or otherwise? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!
Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Shiply.