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How to Save Money While Shifting House
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How to Save Money While Shifting House

Moving to a new house can be expensive and a stressful. You have to take care of lot of things such as packing and moving all your stuff, clearing the bills etc. However, planning things in advance can help you all the last minute hassle.

Here are few tips to help you save some money when moving house:

1. Plan in advance:

If you have enough time to shift to a new house, then plan everything in advance. If you have the liberty to choose the time of shifting then off season (winter) is the best time. Most companies cut down their rates during this time.

Also, usually people prefer to move on weekends. So, of course, prices on moving services are going to be higher then. If you want to save some money, then move in weekdays, when prices are often a bit lower.

2. Hire a moving company:

If you are planning to hire a professional moving company then collect all the relevant information about the company like their shifting charges, additional fee for extra weight etc. Do make it a point to find out if there are any hidden charges that you might have to pay. Ideally you should read review on the Internet about their service quality before making up your mind.

To save money, take their quotation in advance and ask specific questions regarding moving. It will help you to get the detailed price list of the company's service. Compare the prices of different companies to find the best suitable moving company. Also, do not forget to ask for a discount.

3. Downsize your load:

Though moving houses is a tiring task, but it also gives you a chance to clear the clutter. Downsize your load by discarding the useless stuff either by throwing, leaving behind or donating. Decide the stuff you want to carry with you and what you can sell.

A great way to discard some of your unwanted stuff is by posting an ad on various portals such as, etc.

4. Do not spend money buying cartons:

Most people spend money on buying cartons for packing. You are going to use them only once. What you can do instead is go to a nearby departmental store and ask them to give you some spare cartons In addition, you can also check restaurants, shoe stores, and other retail stores for free boxes.

Another option can be to head over to your local recycling facility. They always have a ton of boxes lying around, waiting to be recycled.

5. Do not spend on bubble wrap:

Most people like to bubble wrap their fragile items before moving, You can save this expense by using newspaper or fabric sheets to pad up these products. And, if you really need a bubble wrap then you can check with retail stores of electronic items if they are giving away some bubble wrap.

6. Keep Your Most Expensive/Precious Things Out of the Shifting

Although most movers & packers provide insurance cover, yet its better be safe than lose your valuable & dear ornaments (family heirlooms) etc. It is advisable to transfer all jewelry and precious belonging before the actual moving. You can keep them in a safe deposit or give it to a friend for safe keeping.

7. Use Technology

Stay organized and stick to your budget while shifting. There are apps that can help you keep a track of your belongings. Some of the popular ones are:

MyMove (Apple app store)
This app allows you to calculate the weight of your items, prepare list of items and it also gives you tips on house moving.

Move Match (Android)
This is a similar app to MyMove but available only for Android devices. Move Match can help you determine the approximate weight of your belongings and creates a list of same. You can share this list with moving company too.

Move Tools
Use MoveTools to plan your tasks, pack and organize your stuff, and manage your entire move from start to finish. This app is free to download from iTunes.

Now you are ready to move into your new house. But before you move into your new house, know your new neighbors. They may help you locate essentials in the area like drug store, departmental store; this will make your house moving smooth and obstacle free.

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