Moving house can be costly, so anywhere that you can save money will be beneficial when starting your new life in your new home. There are a lot of things you can do to help save the pennies when moving homes, we’ll take a look at a few below.
Look out for grants and discounts you could qualify for
A lot of homeowners in the UK could be eligible for different grants and discounts for elements of your property. For example, if you have an old boiler that is more than seven years old you could qualify for a new one through the government backed boiler scheme. Having a new energy efficient boiler installed in your home can not only save you money on the price of the boiler itself and fitting costs but also annually it can reduce your energy bills and lower your carbon footprint. Find out if you could be eligible for a free boiler grant through the Free Boiler Grants Scheme website now.
If you’re moving into an older property or you want to put your own stamp on your new property you may be looking at getting new windows. If your home is based in Glasgow or other areas around Scotland Clydebuilt Home Improvements can help you. There are local incentives available based on your location which means your new postcode could qualify you for a huge £2,500 discount on your new windows. This could be really helpful in saving you money on home improvements and making your home your own on a budget, leaving you with extra money to spend on other parts of your house.
Declutter before you move
By getting rid of items you no longer need in your old home, you will be able to cut down the cost of removals. Firstly, if you intend on hiring a removals firm, you might be able to reduce the size of the lorry you need by decluttering your home with bigger items. Secondly, if you’re hiring a company to do your packing, giving away smaller items can reduce the number of boxes you need and subsequently the amount of time the packers will need to complete the job. Also, by selling some items you don’t need or use anymore you can make some extra money to help pay for your removal costs.
Switch energy suppliers when you move in
Moving house is a busy time in your life and there is a lot for you to think about. This can mean that changing your energy supplier at your new home is the last thing on your mind. However, you don’t need to stay with the previous owner’s suppliers and if it will be better value for you to change then the sooner you do so, the sooner you can start saving money. Also, don’t forget to take meter readings straight away when you move in, so you’re not paying for energy used by the property’s previous owners.
Time and preparation are key
Preparing in advance is essential for any successful house move, so make sure you have everything planned within plenty of time and that you are able to stick to agreed timings with your removals company. It is likely that you will charge extra if your move takes longer than originally stated so ensure you:
- Finish packing in good time
- Disconnect washing machines, dishwashers, and any other electrical items
- Have your solicitor ready to stick to completion timescales
- Get all of the paperwork you need filled in and ready to complete on time
- Arrange suitable parking and access for the removals team, both at your old home and your new one
Buying a new home is expensive but by following these tips you could make essential savings that will make moving easier on your finances and generally less stressful.