Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ways to save money when moving house

Moving house is expensive.  I should know, we have moved cross country twice!  So how can you save money when moving and selling your home?

Before you even look at putting your home on the market it pays to get a friend to take a look at your house and help you make sure you are presenting it as best as you can.  If you do not feel you can ask a friend then often taking photographs of each rooms allows you to see the flaws and improvements that you can make.

Choosing the right Estate Agent

One of the main ways you can save money when selling your house is to ensure that you have the right estate agent for your needs.  You can choose to sell your home yourself, use a traditional estate agent, or online estate agents.  

Once you have made your choice then make sure you negotiate your fee and your tie in length of time.  Be clear on your requirements and what your expectations of an agent are.

Solicitor or Conveyancer?

You can stay traditional and choose a local solicitor, or go for the cheaper option of online conveyancing. You need to comfortable with your choice and in the past we have done both.  Fees are again negotiable here. Haggle, and attempt to play off each one against the other to get yourself the best service at the best price

Removal Firm or Self Move?

As the majority of our moves have been across country we have used removal firms in the past and  even though our last move was just 12 miles, it worked out better value for us to use a removal firm.  Especially once we had looked at hiring a van, insurance and taking in to account all the family help we would have needed. We actually haggled and they threw in packing with the price, which with a 4 month old baby was a huge relief.

What ever you chose make sure that you are clear with your instructions and expectations.  This makes dealing with so many parties much easier. 


  1. I'm moving this Summer, and the cost, especially since we're going to end up renting for a while to make sure that we're there in time for C starting school, is pretty scary!

  2. More great tips from you. We've just moved house recently, I'd forgotten how much it costs! Thanks for sharing on #ThriftyThursday


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