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How to Budget for Your Move and Keep Costs Low

by Mark Whitcroft

Moving home in later life can be an expensive process, but it doesn't have to be. There are ways to budget for your move and keep costs low so that you can focus on making your transition as stress-free as possible.

Here are some tips for keeping your budget in check when moving home:


  1. Make a budget plan:
    Start by making a budget plan that includes all the costs associated with moving home. This should include the cost of hiring a removal van, paying for storage, insurance and any other costs that may arise during the process.
  2. Declutter:
    One of the best ways to keep costs low is to declutter before you move. This means getting rid of items that you no longer need, use or love. This will reduce the amount of stuff you need to move and also make packing and unpacking easier.
  3. Shop around for quotes:
    When looking for a removal comopany, make sure you get quotes from several different companies. This will give you an idea of what to expect when it comes to cost and will help you find the best deal.
  4. Get help from friends and family:
    If you have friends or family members who are willing to help you with the move, take advantage of their offers. This can help you save money on moving costs and can also make the process less stressful.
  5. Rent or borrow instead of buying:
    Instead of buying new boxes consider renting or borrowing them from a friend or family member. This can help you save money and reduce waste although many moving companies factor all these costs into their service.

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  1. Don't pay for things you don't need:
    Make sure you only pay for the services you need when hiring movers. For example, if you're able to disassemble and reassemble furniture yourself or have help from family and friends, you can save money by not paying for that service.
  2. Consider self-moving:
    If you're physically able, consider self-moving. This means renting a lorry and moving your belongings yourself. This can save you a lot of money, but it does require a lot of physical effort.
  3. Negotiate with service providers:
    When dealing with service providers, don't be afraid to negotiate the price. If you have multiple quotes, you can use this to your advantage to get the best deal possible.
  4. Don't forget aboutthe extras:
    Don't forget about miscellaneous costs such as utility transfers, parking fees, and new furniture purchases. Make sure to include these costs in your budget to avoid overspending.

Moving home in later life can be an expensive process, but with a little planning and some budget-saving tips, it can be a stress-free experience. Make a budget plan, declutter, shop around for quotes, get help from friends and family, and take advantage of free moving resources to keep your costs low. With these tips, you can focus on making your move as smooth as possible.