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5 expert approved tips for saving money when moving home

Moving home comes with a wide array of emotions. From excitement, to nostalgia and apprehension, the process can often feel a little overwhelming and also expensive. 

With unforeseen costs such as removals, cleaning and storage, many new homeowners may be met with some hefty expenditure that is likely to make a dent in pockets. 

With this in mind, experts at Essential Living have revealed the best ways to save money and cut costs before you move in to make the whole moving process quicker, more affordable and less stressful.

  1. Choose your move-in date wisely

Before you even begin to think about moving into your new home, make sure you’re minimising costs by choosing the cheapest days to move in. 

Fridays and weekends typically witness high demand for removal services, potentially leading to increased transportation costs. It's advisable to explore various companies to find the most economical options without compromising reliability. Nothing is more frustrating than paying for a specific day and time, only to face disappointment due to unreliable service.

Consider the season you choose to move, as this can also directly impact removal costs. Summer, with its longer and brighter days, is often the preferred time for house moves, but it also coincides with peak demand, leading to higher prices from removal companies. Opting for autumn can potentially lower costs while still offering favourable weather conditions for the move.

   2. Decide what you really need

Buying or renting a new home is an exciting step to take, but it does require a pretty hefty sum of money. One of the best ways to reduce financial stress upon moving into your new home is by getting rid of any items you no longer need, as this will save you money and also free up space. 

Consider selling any furniture that doesn’t match your new interior or any appliances you had in your old property that you no longer need. 

It’s beneficial to start this decluttering process in advance, this will prevent a last-minute rush where items are hastily thrown into boxes due to time constraints as the move-in date approaches.


Try using the 20/20 decluttering rule to help you get rid of things you don’t need anymore. Consider letting go of an item if you can replace it for less than £20 in less than 20 minutes. This should help dwindle out the items you need and the items you don’t.

   3. Go through your cupboards

As you start packing up your home,  you'll discover a multitude of items in your cupboards that need to be consumed or transported with you. The same goes for your freezer, which probably has a few weeks of meals already prepared for you. 

Rather than going out and spending money on food before your move, make use of the pre-prepared freezer and cupboard food to minimise waste and cut costs. It’s also beneficial to assess how much food you need to use up before your move so that you’re not paying removal companies lots of money having to lug boxes of tins and containers. By using up your own food, you’ll also be less tempted to spend money on a takeaway once all your appliances and cutlery have been packed up.

   4. Do as much as you can yourself 

Although hiring a removal company can save you a lot of time, energy and stress, it will also cost you more money. By packing up your boxes on your own, you’re able to slightly minimise costs. 

Ask friends and family to help you move your boxes, eliminating the need to hire professional movers and incur additional costs. Additionally, consider renting a van for transporting your boxes to your new home, further reducing expenses associated with removal services.

It’s also a good idea to disassemble bulky furniture such as desks, drawers, beds, wardrobes and tables so you can fit more items in a single trip, meaning you’ll be spending less money on petrol.

   5. Avoid spending money on a cleaner 

Whether you’re moving out of a student, rented or your own house, cleaning your home before new people move in is a must. This involves getting rid of mould, giving the surfaces a good old clean and removing any dirt, dust and grime. By no means do you need to spend money on a professional cleaning company to do this!

All you need to do is spend a little money on some cleaning products before giving your home a thorough, deep clean.

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