If you’re thinking of organising your removals to another European country, and are looking to save money when moving, we have a few tips for you.
Most people would agree that relocating to another country isn’t exactly cheap. Most moving companies and removers will charge you a hefty sum to move your belongings from one country to another. And most importantly, they’ll charge you for the empty return route, thus burning a hole in your pocket.
It’s true that moving home often is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here at European Moving we never add extra costs for the return route of our vans which allows us to keep costs low and offer a reliable yet affordable service to our clients.
What else you can do to save money when moving home? Keep reading to find out!
Save money when moving by saving on packing
Undoubtedly, packing is considered to be one of the most dreaded chores. However, what most people don’t know is that packing your personal belongings can also turn out to be quite expensive.
Professional packing materials such as wrapping paper, bubble wrap and padding materials can cost a small fortune. If you are considering buying professional wrapping materials make sure to research the prices at different shops, brick-and-mortar as well as online so that you find the best deals. It is also worth paying a visit to your local pound shops.
Note that most moving companies and removers can provide a packing service for an additional cost, so if you want to save money you would be better off packing your belongings by yourself. A good way to save money on packing is by asking family, friends or even the nearby supermarkets for free card boxes, newspapers and wrapping paper. You can even post on various social media groups – you’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help and pass on packing supplies they no longer need for free.
Here’s a recap of the most important things you can do to save money on packing:
1. Get creative and use things you already have at home
2. Source free packing materials
3. Get rid of all the things that you don’t need
Book with a low-cost moving company
Imagine you can move your belongings to your new home for a reasonable price by booking with a low-cost company? Would you choose the more expensive option only because they say they offer a premium service?
The main reason that low-cost removers can offer a cheaper price is that they have an extensive partnership network of transport providers who readily accept longer or shorter routes all across Europe optimising empty capacity.
Another great benefit that removals firms such as European Moving offer are the early bird discounts. For example, if you fill out our online form, we’ll send you a moving quote within three days. And even better, if you book your move with us within five days of receiving your quote, you’ll get a 10% early booking discount.
Three tips when choosing an affordable moving service:
1. Do your research well in advance and don’t go with the first removals company you come across
2. Try to avoid moving around holidays as it’s usually more expensive
3. Get familiar with any hidden charges
Save money on cleaning
Hiring a professional cleaning company may seem tempting but will be bad for your budget. So roll your sleeves up, put some music on and turn the cleaning into a less painful activity. Ask friends and family to give you a helping hand. Pick up cleaning products from discount supermarkets to save some extra money.
Save on parking fines
Avoid any parking fines by ensuring that you’ve organised all parking permits needed for your departure and delivery destination in advance. Bear in mind that getting parking permits may take longer than you think, so inform the authorities in advance and get all required documentation.
Another thing to keep in mind is the distance. Be sure to be at your property when the removers arrive, so you can start loading your boxes right away and avoid wasting time. Keeping the van waiting on the road might lead to additional charges, known as holding fees, so make sure that you’re familiar with all extra fees that may incur under specific circumstances. This will save you both trouble and money and will help make your move smoother and less stressful.
Declutter and get rid of all the things that you no longer need
Your quote depends not only on the distance but also on the volume/weight of the things you’re moving. That’s why you might want to consider what things are worth taking with you and what you should leave behind by giving them away to someone who really needs them.
Old clothes sitting in the back of your wardrobe or the furniture gathering dust in your closet– moving all these things will add to the price of your move but most likely they will end up unused. So why waste money and effort on packing, storing and unloading them? You’ll agree that it’s much more reasonable to find them a new owner or simply throw them away if they’re damaged beyond repair.
You may also want to consider selling some of the items you don’t need. This way you will earn some extra cash which can be put aside to pay for your moving costs.