The most expensive part of moving house is usually the removal company. There are ways to save money to make sure the removal costs don't get out of hand, but if you really want a cheap move, you'll avoid moving companies altogether, and get family or friends to help with the heavy lifting.
Don't Be Sentimental
Chances are you own things that you never use. Before moving, go through all your clothes, books, media and old electronics. Anything you don't use regularly, sell. eBay and Gumtree are good websites to sell second hand items. Not only will you have money from the sale, but you'll have less to pack and carry.
Stock Up on Bubble Wrap
If you still have time before your move, start stockpiling boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing material from deliveries you receive, and ask friends and family to do the same. You can often get free boxes from the supermarket too.
Hire A Van
Shop around and find the cheapest place to hire a van, and get friends and family to help you move heavier items. Make sure you get a big enough van, as multiple journeys will add time and petrol cost to your move.
Give Furniture Away
Furniture can be tough to get rid of. If there's no space for it at your new place, don't pay to have it removed. Some furniture charities will send people round to collect bulky items, or you could try to give it away to friends or family who can transport it themselves.
Children and Animals
Have a friend or relative look after any children too young to help with the move, or any pets that might get in the way. If you have a dog or cat, make sure your new address is written on or attached to their collar, in case they get disorientated in the new neighbourhood.
Change of Address Notifications
Register your change of address on all your accounts as soon as possible to prevent missing any letters or statements. Remember to include your employer, bank and credit card company, the council, your mobile phone network operator, children's schools, doctor and dentist, and supermarket loyalty card providers
Moving house is a great time to renegotiate all your accounts and get cheaper deals from your providers. The Money Dashboard website has price comparison features that allow you to compare broadband, TV and phone deals and gas and electricity deals. Enter your new postcode and find the best deals in your area.