Moving with kids

Money Saving (and Making) Moving Hacks

Moving home can be an expensive project, but it's important that you do it right.  Here are a few ways in which you can recoup some of your cash without compromising on your professional removalist.

Have a yard sale

Moving house is the perfect opportunity to have a good sort-out of your possessions and to prune things down to what you actually need and use, versus what you've just hoarded.  A yard sale is the perfect means of converting your unwanted items into extra cash that could go towards the cost of your move.  Popular items that sell well at yard sales include;

  • kids' toys
  • books
  • magazines
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • kitchenalia
  • power tools and gardening equipment

Be sure to advertise your yard sale in your local free press, as well as via cards in your post office, your town's library, and in other local shops.

House clearance

If you have items of good quality or antique furniture that you don't want to take with you to your new home, you could ask a house clearance firm to take a look.  Clearance companies buy items and then sell them on for a small profit, and this could be a good way of paring down your possessions and making some extra money too.

Redundant mobiles and smartphones

If you habitually buy a new phone every time the latest model comes out, you may have a drawer full of unused ones that are still in good working order.  These can be worth a surprising amount of money, and many manufacturers will buy them back in order to recycle some of the working parts.

Your unworn wardrobe

Packing all your clothes for moving can be a real hassle, especially if you are inclined to hang on to things that you no longer wear.  But did you know that good quality, designer gear still retains a value, even if it's a few seasons old?  In fact, retro is the way to go, and you could make a surprising amount of money by selling your threads on eBay or even via adverts in your local press.  Also, look for any local retailers who sell second-hand designer items and approach them with a view to selling on your gear.

Really old, tatty clothing can be sold to fabric banks.  They will weigh the items and give you a price per kilo; it might not be much, but it could pay for a few packing boxes.

In conclusion

You can save yourself the time and hassle of packing things for your house move that you no longer use by following the tips above.  Sell them on to make some useful cash, which you can put towards the cost of your move.  It's also worth noting that your removal and storage costs will be higher, the more stuff you have to take with you.  Recycling your clutter is therefore a real winner from all angles!