Whatever your reasons behind the big move – moving to a new home can be an incredibly stressful and costly experience. Especially if you’re moving with children. It does not matter whether you are moving to a new country entirely, or to a house down the road – you’re going to be spending a lot more money than you imagine. As a result, it is essential that you set yourself a budget, that aligns with your personal finance goal, and cut costs whenever you can.
With that in mind, here are some top tips for saving money when moving!
How To Save Money When Moving with Children
Do your research.
Sometimes, to save money, you might accept the first deal you find when searching for a new home. However, if you have not done the appropriate research, how will you know what deal is best?
Therefore, you must research thoroughly before making a purchase, especially one as large and life-defining as a home for yourself and your family. Look at the average property price in the area, and what amenities you can offer. Find out how much money a similar property would cost in your current town or city – is the move financially viable? Can you support yourself in your new destination?
You should also use more than one search engine when looking for a home, as different websites will have different offers. Take the extra time to scour the internet for a good one – and you won’t regret it.
Don’t throw, sell.
When moving, you may be tempted to simply throw away a lot of your old furniture and belongings – especially if you are on the lookout for a ‘fresh start’. However, doing so could mean that you are throwing money down the drain. Although you may have grown bored of your leather sofa, somebody in your local area may be on the lookout for just that – and will be willing to pay to take it off your hands.
Start by posting about your products on local groups, such as Facebook Marketplace. You’d be surprised about the offers you can get, which means you have more cash in your pocket to put towards your new home. If you are unable to sell your belongings, and they are in good condition, you can also donate them to charity instead of throwing them away. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Deep clean your home yourself.
Sometimes, when you move out of your home, your rental provider will require a deep clean to take place – and may ask that you foot the bill. However, you can eliminate this extra cost by doing the deep clean yourself. Though this may be tiresome, it is much better for your purse strings and won’t take too long if you put your mind to it.
DIY your new furniture.
New furniture can be expensive, and though it is perfectly fine to treat yourself to some new items here and there, you may also want to cut costs by DIY-ing some furniture. Start small and simple, with something like a bedside cabinet, before working your way up to larger items. Alternatively, you can source second-hand furniture at a lower price and give them a new lease for life with a coat of paint. Remember, any items that you DIY will be completely unique to your and your family – and you can add extra-special personal touches to them.
Grab your paintbrush.
Your new home will likely need a bit of work here and there to turn it from a house to a home. Perhaps a new coat of paint in the living room or new tiles in the bathroom. Make a list of everything you need to do before the move. Figure out what tasks you can tackle yourself, and which ones you’ll need additional help on. Whilst its best to leave difficult tasks such as rewiring and piping to the professionals, you can save yourself money by doing the painting yourself.
Grab your paintbrush and get going – who knows what masterpieces you can create!
When moving, you may desire to start anew, which means you also want everything in your home to be new. However, this means that you will rack up expensive bills quickly. As a result, you shouldn’t say no to hand-me-downs outright. Instead, see what people have on offer! In the same way, you may be selling old items on Facebook Marketplace. Have a look at what people are selling in your new town. You should also plan a trip to your local thrift store – who knows what they will have an offer!