The price of a house or flat move is usually based on the amount of work involved and the distance travelled. There are sometimes other factors, but the main ones are the volume of goods and the distance.
There’s nothing you can do about the distance of your new home from your old one, but you can reduce the cost of your move by reducing how much you need the remover to transport.
A-Z Moving and Storage have been moving families and individuals around the North East for over 16 years and have, on many occasions, heard our customers say things like, “Put those in the garage. I don’t know why we brought them with us.” and “Leave them over there, we’ll probably throw them away”.
This seems like a waste of money, not just because there is often value in the items thrown away, but because the customer has paid us to move them, only to dispose of them at the other end.
So our money saving tip is this; If you don’t want something, give it away before you move, so you’re not paying us to move it. This seems logical and straight-forward, but can add to your already busy schedule. So here are some ideas.
The British Heart Foundation can collect unwanted furniture, clothes, books and other items which are then recycled or sold in their charity outlets. You can find more information on www.bhf.org.uk.
There are BHF outlets in Wallsend, North Shields and various other locations around Newcastle, with a Furniture and Electrical outlet on West Denton Retail Park, Newcastle.
For donations of clothing, Oxfam has a network of clothing banks, usually in supermarket car parks, like the one at Morrisons, Hillheads Road, Whitley Bay. You can find your nearest clothes bank on their website, www.oxfam.org.uk.
It may be worth checking with family or friends, to see if they want the items you want to dispose of. Or you may want to sell the items on eBay or to a local second-hand shop.
Whether you choose to donate to charity, give the goods to family/friends, or sell it on eBay, the best time to do it is before you ask the removals company to give you a quote.
Note: If you decide to throw the goods away, it is cheaper to do it yourself than to ask your remover to do it for you. Most waste disposal facilities will charge a business for disposal, but it’s usually free to the general public.