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Moving on a budget – how not to get broke when moving to your first home

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Once you manage to process the good news that you’re about to move from your parents’ house, and the shock and excitement give way to acceptance, your brain will get occupied with overwhelming plans of the money you need to spend. 

It’s normal for your mind to go into overdrive with questions like, Do I afford to move into a new house? How can I move when I have little money? First, you must look for ways to move your belongings from your parents’ house to your new one without completely emptying your savings account. It may sound like an impossible mission, but the internet provides you with hundreds of tips and tricks that can keep your account safe. 

But the closer the move day is, the more stressed out you’re because you don’t think you have the needed abilities to pull off a move with a limited budget. How to relieve the stress when you know that moving into a new house is an expensive affair? Check the following tips, and you may learn a thing or two. 

Estimate how much it costs to move

Before you make moving plans and start packing things, you need to know how much the move will cost you. It’s difficult to know the exact final sum, but you can contact a removal company to provide you with an estimate

Some relocation costs aren’t obvious, and therefore, you need to research to understand what to expect from the process. Each move implies some inevitable unexpected expenses, so save some money from when things go downhill. 

Let’s take it one step at a time. To create a moving budget, essential in the process when your budget is limited, you need to get estimates from multiple removal companies (from three to five) to determine the average price for the service. Ensure that each venture optimizes the costs according to your specific needs. Some companies list questionaries on their websites you can fill out, and they send you a personalized quote. Make sure the company you hire is top-rated. Once you decide upon a removal company, request on-site cost estimation to calculate the price accurately. Don’t accept an estimate over email or phone because it can be inaccurate or misleading. When you know the cost of relocating your belongings, you can establish the moving budget and keep an eye on expenses to prevent overspending. 

Compare estimates

Working with a limited budget isn’t nice and implies more effort and planning. It’s fundamental to compare services to find the best price. However, it doesn’t mean the best price is also the lowest because the services’ quality is more important than the cost. When comparing the estimates, check the additional services they provide (packing, disassembly, unpacking, re-assembly, storage) and research how much the individual services cost if you would hire another provider. 

Don’t forget to look for extra fees and charges, and request more information if you have any questions

When you get an offer that seems too good to be true, be cautious because most things that seem too cheap to be real are scams. Try to figure out why the company is willing to offer such discounts, and why their prices are lower than the average ones. Get in touch with previous clients and ask them about their experience with the removal company. Most times, a very low estimate brings only trouble. 

DIY work can save you a lot of money

Once you know how much it costs to move your belonging from your parents’ house to your new crib, you need to handle the other tasks and do it without breaking the bank. Your lack of money means you must explore all options and pick the one that shows mercy to your bank account. Ask your friends and family to help you pack your belongings, and use your personal car to move some of the boxes. Having friends who previously moved can prove useful because they can provide you with advice. 

When you arrive at your new house, clean it yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you. You can handle any repair and restore job as long as it doesn’t imply altering the electrical or piping systems. And don’t forget to ask the removal company if they can offer a discount if you unpack and re-assembly your furniture and appliances. 

Moving to a house comes with many expenses, mainly because you need to buy equipment and electronics. To save money, check for rent to own electronics solutions because they allow you to pay for the equipment you use gradually. Pick the option that best suits your needs.  

Take only what you need

When you move across the country, it may not be a wise choice to take your book collection or vintage chair because they’re bulky and can easily get damaged on the way. Also, moving all your belongings from one house to another can leave your bank account bleeding. As you’ll probably see from the estimated removal companies send, three factors influence the final price: the overall weight of the things you need to move, the distance between your present and new house, and the extra services you hire. You cannot change the move distance, no matter if you try to find alternative routes because the removal company will always prefer the safest route. But you can reduce the boxes’ weight and cut down some of the services you get.

When you’re living under the same roof for years, you can quickly accumulate things you don’t really need, but when you want to move, you’re tempted to put everything in the boxes and take it with you. But before packing every single piece of clothing and decoration, consider the costs. Make a complete house inventory, and leave home anything you don’t plan to use in the following months. You’ll definitely visit your parents and you can take your favorite book then. 

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