Buying a new home is a very demanding process, both mentally and financially, so it’s best to start your planning well ahead of time to ensure that you can both save money and make sure that everything’s in order. As with almost any other significant outlay of cash, there’s usually a cheaper way to do things, allowing you to get more for your money and have more to spend on the other essentials of the move.
By sticking to just a few top tips, you could find yourself saving a decent lump of cash to lessen the financial burden of getting to your new home.
Save money with minimal moving
You’d be surprised how much space all of your stuff takes up, with more stuff meaning more moving costs. So, one of the first things that you should aim to do is clear yourself of all of your clutter and the items that you could do without. Not only is the practice good for allowing more time to look after yourself, as shown by The Guardian, but it can also drastically cut the costs of moving to your new home. If you’re ahead of the game and have friends and family helping you to cut costs, ridding yourself of all of the junk still saves you all valuable time.
Cut moving costs further with timely deliveries
Another great way to ensure that you can save money when moving is to buy the big items, like furniture and appliances, in time with your move. So, locate the items that you want, and some backup ones (just in case) a few months ahead of time and contact the supplier to see how long it’d take to deliver and if you could book specific days at some point. It should be quite straight forward with appliances, but furniture likes sofas and beds are a bit trickier as they can take up to 12 weeks to be made and delivered, per The Spruce. If you contact the companies, you’re bound to find one who will help to time the process with your move.
Reduce the price of the largest expenditure
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that your most considerable outlay across this whole process will be your mortgage. While you can’t do too much about the deposit, you can reduce the cost of your monthly payments thereafter, leaving you with more money to build up your home in the months and years to come. Your broker will undoubtedly usher you in a particular direction to earn some commission, and while the deal may seem strong, you can always do your own research by using the free Trussle tool to compare mortgages online. As you can change aspects like the rate type, initial period, term, the amount that you want to borrow, you can even make your broker’s job easier by showing them the exact route that you want to take.
Always keep your credit score in mind
One of the most important factors of your finances is your credit score. If you’re looking to buy a new home in the coming months or years, aim to actively strengthen your credit score. The credit score guide from Investopedia shows that the most important aspects of your spending which influence your credit score are your payment history and credit usage, so be sure to make repayments on time to ensure a strong credit score.
While some planning and even some days committed to the tasks are required, ticking each of these boxes will help you to save money when you move to a new house.