Cheapest Way To Move Home

by | Jan 8, 2024

Over the years we have collected 15 important ways you can save money using a removal company. Using a removal company like Movivan doesn`t have to be expensive. There are always things you can do to lower the final moving price and this is our way of showing you how to do it. Also, there is nothing wrong to pay a premium price and get a full service if your budget allows it.

Money saving tips using removals

Use recycling boxes

When any of our customers are using our moving boxes and they move locally in London we offer a collection of the boxes after our services. The boxes if used correctly can be used 2-3 times maximum. Once we collect used boxes, our job is to check if there are boxes that are in a bad state and we take them to our local recycling center. The rest of the boxes can be used we offer them to customers who are looking to save from paying for brand-new boxes. We charge £1 per single used box and you can come to our warehouse in Feltham to choose and buy as many as you want. For orders over £60.00, we do FREE deliveries. As a comparison to see the difference 50 new large boxes will cost you £150.00+VAT, while 50 used large boxes will cost you only £50.00+VAT.

Other places you can get used boxes are your local shops. They will be happy to give you boxes. Just make sure these boxes you take are not damaged or wet. They also must be minimum double-walled. Thin, damaged, or wet boxes cannot be stacked and this will be an issue for our movers when loading the moving van on a moving day. Transporting single-wall cartoon boxes causes risk and can ruin your belongings.

Do The Packing So You Can Save Hundreds of £££

Packing the boxes takes time and we have to charge it for this service. If you can pack the clothes, books, and dishes yourself this can save you a significant amount of money. Try to get good recycled boxes and plan to have plenty of time before your moving day as packing of boxes takes time. Make sure you use plenty of bubble wrap, packing paper or old magazines when wrapping the breakables. It is also very important boxes to be no heavier than 20 KG! Lifting and moving very heavy boxes through narrow stairs will be difficult as our movers work every day and they lift heavy items on a daily basis.

Average packing costs:

  • Packing of 20 boxes of fragile items only – £315-£345 (including materials and boxes)
  • Packing of 20 boxes of non-fragile items – £205-£235 ( including all packing materials )

Declutter To Save Money When Using Movers

Once you decide you want to move and you have a clear idea when this will happen, this is about the items you don`t need at your new home- old clothes, shoes, old furniture and anything which just takes up space but you don`t use. Moving fewer items will cost less. Movivan charges for the hours we will need to complete the move and the number of movers and vehicles needed to do that. We also offer clearance service, but if you want to do it yourself check your local recycling center for more information. If the items are not big you can take them with your car. For large items like furniture, you most likely will need a van to fit it in and take it to the local dumping yard. Be aware recycling centers might charge you if you are not resident in this area or if you are trying to dispose of certain items like mattresses, oil, white goods, or tires.

An alternative option to get rid of old furniture is to contact your local British Heart Foundation. They can come and collect it for free directly from your home.

Save Money Using Removal Company Between Monday and Thursday

The most busiest days for any removal company in London are Fridays and Saturdays. Also, the end of each month is typically very busy for Movivan . If you can be flexible with your moving date, try to move between Monday and Thursday. If we are not very busy we might offer you a further discount, so we can keep our moving teams busy every day. Unfortunately, if you will be exchanging properties it will be really hard to move on a different day than Friday or Saturday. If the case is you have to move on a busy date, try to book a moving slot with us a minimum of 3-4 weeks in advance. We still might have the chance to give you a discount. Simply contact us and we will try to give you the best moving price possible.

Move During The Winter And Avoid The Summer

All house removal companies are very busy during the summer, this includes Movivan. Not only does the number of moves go up, but many employees start taking their holidays and we end up with fewer people. The cheapest months to move are January and February. We are willing to lower our prices, simply to keep our movers working and pay the bills.

Dismantle the bulky furniture before our team arrive

If you have a large bed or wardrobe these items more likely has to be taken apart. If you have done it before, and have the time and tools, you can try doing it yourself. If our movers do not have to do this, our service will cost less. Try to do as much as you can, but be very careful. Sometimes it is always much better to leave it to the professionals. Every moving team always comes prepared with tools in case something needs to be taken apart. Call us on 0208 003 3260 to discuss your potential move and we will advise you on prices and what needs to be dismantled.

Average dismantling costs:

  • Dismantle and reassemble 2 door wardrobe(non-sliding) – £90
  • Dismantle and reassemble 2-door wardrobe(sliding doors) – £162.00
  • Double bed – £110.00

Empty The Loft By Yourself To Save Money

Taking items down from the loft yourself before the removal company arrives can indeed save you money. Removal companies usually charge based on the amount of time it takes to move your items, and sometimes by the complexity of the work involved. By preemptively moving items from the loft downstairs, you can significantly reduce the amount of labor and time required by the removalists, consequently lowering the overall cost of the move.

Additionally, this allows for a more organized and efficient loading process, further speeding up the move. It reduces the risk of any potential damage to items due to hurried handling by the crew who might be working against the clock, avoiding any additional costs related to repairs or replacements.

Move Lightweight Items Yourself

When you choose to transport smaller, lighter items in your vehicle, you effectively decrease the volume of belongings that the removal company needs to handle. This not only can lead to lower charges from the removal company but also allows for better organization and quicker settling into your new place.

 

Advantages:

  • Reduced Costs: Lowering the number of items the movers need to transport can result in substantial savings, especially with companies that charge based on weight or volume.
  • Increased Control: Handling delicate or valuable items yourself can minimize the risk of damage or loss during transit, giving you peace of mind.
  • Flexibility: Transporting items at your convenience allows for more flexibility in the moving process, potentially reducing the stress associated with strict timelines.
  • Efficiency: This approach can facilitate a more organized and efficient unpacking process, as essential and frequently used items are readily accessible.

Implementation:

  • Prioritize Items: Identify and segregate the items that can be easily and safely transported in your vehicle, such as clothes, small electronics, and documents.
  • Pack Safely: Even for items transported by you, proper packing is crucial. Use appropriate boxes or bags and secure fragile items to prevent damage.
  • Plan Logistics: Determine the amount of available space in your vehicle and plan the number of trips needed, considering the time and fuel costs involved.

Arrange Suitable And Close Parking

Organizing close and suitable parking for a removal company can significantly cut down the costs associated with moving. Most removal companies charge by the hour, which includes the time taken to load and unload your belongings; hence, having the moving truck parked close to your residence can make the process faster, reducing labor time and, subsequently, the overall labor cost.

Furthermore, securing a proper parking space can prevent any additional charges that companies may levy for having to carry items over longer distances, as well as any parking fines or tickets that can accrue if the vehicle is parked improperly. Acquiring necessary parking permits in advance is crucial in areas where parking restrictions are in place to avoid such unnecessary costs.

Book Us In Advance To Save Money

Booking removal services in advance have a great advantage of giving you a lower price. If you want to reserve our help 4-5 weeks ahead of your move, we are able to give up to 20% cheaper quotation. On the other hand, booking at the last moment will increase the cost as we might need to hire extra vehicles, ask our subcontractors to help us carry all jobs and even get extra temporary workers.

Let Us Pack And Don`t Miss Work

In the hustle and bustle of life, managing a move, especially with numerous boxes and a large property, can be daunting and time-consuming, often necessitating time off work and resulting in a loss of income. This is where Movivan Removals steps in as a beacon of convenience and efficiency, offering professional packing services that allow you to continue with your work routine without interruption. With their expertise and experience, the team at Movivan Removals can pack up your property swiftly and securely, significantly reducing the time typically required by those untrained in professional packing techniques. This not only ensures the safety of your belongings but also allows you to maintain your regular income, avoiding financial loss due to time taken off work.

The efficiency brought in by Movivan Removals means less time invested in the intricacies of packing and more time dedicated to your professional responsibilities and priorities. This approach is not just about convenience; it’s a strategic method to save money. By leveraging professional packing services, you are essentially converting potential financial loss into sustained income and avoiding additional costs related to damaged items. The time and energy saved also mean reduced stress and improved focus on your daily tasks, making your relocation process smooth, secure, and economically advantageous.

Save Money Using Movers By Getting Fixed Price

Choosing the right pricing structure when using a removal company can make a huge difference in your moving experience and costs. If you opt for a fixed price, it means you and the removal company agree on a specific amount for the entire service, no matter how long it takes. This approach can be a real stress-reliever! It allows you to know exactly what you’ll be paying from the start, making it easier to manage your budget and avoid any unwelcome financial surprises on moving day. Especially for more extensive moves or ones with unpredictable conditions like potential traffic jams, a fixed price can keep costs under control and avoid the financial strain from unforeseen delays.

However, it’s essential to nail down the specifics when opting for a fixed price. A clear and detailed agreement is key—it should outline all the services included in the price, helping to avoid any disputes over additional charges that might arise for services not initially accounted for. By opting for a fixed price, and with a well-documented agreement in hand, you set the stage for a move that’s not only smoother and more predictable but also potentially more economical, letting you focus on settling into your new place with one less worry on your mind.

Negotiate The Final Price

Most moving companies have some flexibility in their pricing structures and might be willing to adjust their initial quotes to secure your business or match a competitor’s price. Negotiation also enables you to discuss and understand the included services, avoiding misunderstandings and unexpected additional charges during the move.

While negotiating for lower prices is crucial, it’s also important to balance cost reductions with the value of services received. Opting for the cheapest offer might result in compromised services or hidden costs. Understanding the value ensures that you receive quality services at a fair price, preventing potential losses or damages.

Request a Delayed Move Start If Awaiting Keys

Starting too early could be a problem if you have booked our home moving services at an hourly rate. Once our movers are done with the loading if you still don`t have the keys you might end up paying extra money for our movers sitting in the van and doing nothing.

Instead, you can ask the agency when you are going to get the keys and arrange a suitable starting time. If you are not sure how much time we will need to load your belongings, simply ask us and make sure you provide very accurate information about the items we will be moving.

Hire Movivan For Your Next Move

Opting for Movivan Removals for your upcoming relocation can be a savvy move. We are known for clear and fair pricing, so you won’t be left scratching your head over hidden fees or unexpected extra charges, making budgeting a breeze. Plus, we take the time to visit your home beforehand to gauge exactly what you’re moving, ensuring you get a quote that’s tailored to your actual needs, meaning you only pay for what you truly need.

Our professional and friendly approach guarantees a hassle-free move, minimizing the risk of any mishaps with your belongings and saving you potential unforeseen costs related to damages. All in all, we make the whole moving experience smoother and more economical!

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