There’s just no beating the wonderful sense of adventure and renewal that comes with mioving house. You’ve fallen in love with your new home, walked through its empty corridors planning where you’ll put all of your belongings and fantasized about the many days and nights of family bliss to come.
There’s also no denying that the transitional period can be a stressful one. Chances are you’ve moved house at least once in your life, so you know just how stressful it can be, especially if you have little people in tow. While there are many things to consider, many take the fact that this will be a financially challenging time for granted, little knowing the options available to you to bridge or mitigate the expense.
Let’s look at some now so that you can look forward to a peaceful and exciting move!
Don’t hire movers. Rent a van
While hiring movers is certainly convenient, it can also come with a hefty price tag. If you’re able bodied enough to haul the numerous boxes around then it’s definitely worth considering hiring a van and doing it all yourself. Van rental costs are tiny in comparison to those of hiring a removals company, even if you’re using a smaller, local firm. It’s more physically demanding and you might need to arrange childcare for a day or two (you don’t want the kids getting under your feet when you’re hauling a wardrobe), but the physical effort you’ve put in will make it all the more rewarding when you’re finally settled.
Consider a bridging loan
Bridging loans are designed to provide short-term funding in the interstice between a debt coming due and a line of credit becoming available. Check out Belgravia Bridging Loans for more information. The rates can be favourable depending on how much you need to borrow and they can be invaluable in managing the awkward financial period between moving from your old house to your new house, especially if you have significant capital tied into your old house or if there’s likely to be a period in which you’ll be making two sets of payments.
Sell stuff you won’t be taking with you
When you’re moving, you’ll likely be going through your possessions, ruthlessly culling anything that you feel might be dead weight prior to your move. While many tend to simply relegate their belongings to the rubbish bin, there’s decent money to be made in selling them. If you have time before the big move, consider putting some of your stuff on eBay. You might just be pleasantly surprised by what you could make.
Never EVER buy boxes
There’s no denying that boxes are an essential part of moving house, but paying your hard earned money for them?!? Absolutely not! Weeks prior to your move you should be picking up as many boxes as you can as you go about your regular shopping activities. Shops will be more than willing to let you walk away with them (saves them having to put them in the recycling), and you’ll be doing the environment a favour too!