Unless you’re a budding art collector or a classic car enthusiast, buying a home and relocating there will probably be the biggest purchase you make in your life. It’s a huge expense with lots of costs to consider on top of the property itself. If you make some smart decisions when moving, you could save some valuable pennies and pounds. Here’s Movehub’s seven top tips on keeping your costs down and moving cheaply:

1. Compare moving quotes until you find the right one for you

Not all moving companies are the same, so it’s a good idea to take some time to research what each different one has to offer and what type of service works best for you and your move. Movehub’s quote comparison is the perfect way to pick the best company for you. All you need to do is fill in the form at the top of the page with a couple of details about your move, and you’ll get quotes from up to six removals companies

Once you’ve compared the quotes and picked the right company for you, you’ll know for sure that you haven’t paid over the odds and you’ve got the right team for the job.

2. Give yourself time

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that if you leave things to the last minute, you’ll be paying out more to make sure everything on your to do list is done in time for your move. If you know you’re a bit of a Last-minute Larry, now’s the time to change your ways and get organised!

At the beginning of your moving process, sit down and write a list of everything that will need to be done to make your move happen. Do you need to set up a phone line or wifi in your new home? Do you need to buy tickets or rent a car for moving day? If you get organised early, you can set up reminders and mark days on your calendar to do these tasks sooner rather than later, when you can take advantage of cheaper prices and deals. Panic buying at the last minute will definitely hurt your stress levels as well as your wallet.

3. Sell your stuff

There’s a lot of advantages to selling some of your stuff before a move, you might even enjoy the process of getting rid of some old things that will help you make a fresh start in a new home. If you’re selling some big pieces like furniture, perhaps because you’re downsizing or moving to a furnished home, it’s better to make decisions before the move, than spend extra money on removals to take these large items with you, just to sell them later down the line.

For everything else, why not spend a fun day with a pitch at a car boot sale? If you keep this money-saving tip in mind when you’re packing, you could find that you set aside a sizeable pile of books, records, clothes, ornaments and antique pieces to be sold. If you’re lucky, you might even make a tidy profit!

4. Hire professionals

This tip may seem counterintuitive, but hiring professionals for some of the most important jobs when you’re moving, could be a wise decision in the long run. It may be cheaper to just rely on your family and friends to help you with your move, but if you really weigh up the pros and cons, it’s easy to see why choosing to hire people for the job is the better option.

Professionals will help you get your move done and dusted far quicker and with very little likelihood of any accidents or breakages to your belongings. They will take the pressure off of you when it comes to coordinating moving day and if anything unexpected happens, you can bet they’ve tackled it before and will help you smooth out any problems. Family and friends can be a great support when you’re moving, but it’s best to ask them to help with tea-making and babysitting duties, rather than any heavy lifting.

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5. Pack carefully

Packing up your house can feel like an endless task and one you’ll want to put off at every opportunity. Still, Try to be strict with yourself and not avoid some dedicated packing time. The more care and attention you put into this, the less chance there will be that you’ll have any broken items that you might need to pay to replace.

When you’re moving home, there’s always a risk that you’ll find some unfortunate casualties when you start to unpack the boxes, but if you’ve taken the time beforehand to get stuck in with the bubble wrap and the newspaper, you’ll hopefully reduce the chances substantially. No one wants to be faced with a box of broken wine glasses when you’re trying to toast your first evening in your new home.

6. Move at the right time

Like a lot of industries, removals and the other things involved with moving house get busier in the summer months and are quieter in the winter. If you’re lucky enough to be able to manage your timings when it comes to moving home, it’s a shrewd insider tip to move in the off-peak season, from September to May.

Remember to check local and national school holidays and avoid these times to reduce the risk of getting stuck in traffic jams or paying a premium for your travel costs. Finally, choose a weekday rather than a weekend for your move, if you’re able to take time off work. You’ll find driving and parking easier and you’ll get your new home up and running quicker if you organise a midweek moving day.

7. Pick storage wisely

Occasionally, it’s necessary to use storage facilities, especially if your move is long-distance or a big change, like downsizing from a family home. Once you’ve planned the move and decided what will come with you to your new home and what won’t, you’ll be able to make sure that you’re choosing the correct type and size of storage, to ensure you don’t waste any money. It’s a good idea to take some time to research your options for storage, take a look at our guide to Storage in the UK.

For those setting their sights on moving abroad, check out our cheapest ways to move abroad.

For further information, read our complete guide to moving house