Four ways to spread the costs when up-sizing

I’ve written before about how we’re starting to feel a little cramped in our London flat. I know it will be heart-breaking to say goodbye, but as I watch E and Rufio grow every day, I know that at some point in the not-too-distant future, we will have to start thinking about moving on.

This got me thinking about everything we would need to plan for though, and in particular, the furniture. Moving to a house is an exciting prospect because of the space it would give us, but buying all the furniture to fill it simply isn’t a possibility with all the other costs involved.

With this in mind, I’ve been thinking about what I can do to ease the pain of having so many rooms empty, and how I can spread the costs a little.

  • Start buying now

Even if you only set aside £50 a month or less towards buying some of the smaller homeware items you’ll need, save it each month and pick up things as and when you see them. I know that when we move I’ll need things like new bed linen, replacement kitchen items, and I’d like a new toy chest for the children.. I’ll be looking out for sales and shopping around online for the best deals.

  • Cut costs elsewhere

If you’re thinking about moving, you’ve probably already started saving, but when it comes to things like furniture you’ll need a separate fund. You’d be surprised how fast that fund can build up if you cut costs in your everyday life and put the money you save aside.

From switching energy providers when they have offers and swapping your boiler for a more efficient version, to changing your light bulbs to their energy-saving equivalent, there are so many things you can do. If you’d like more advice on this, click here.

  • Arrange rental furniture

You might think that renting furniture for when you move in will be expensive, but you’d be surprised how many affordable packages there are out there. If you don’t manage to get what you need by your move-in date, renting furniture from companies like Emblem Furniture can be hugely convenient, as well as relieve a lot of stress. You’ll have full use of vital rooms, such as your home office or your child’s bedroom, and it can be on a short or long term basis.

  • Arrange deliveries just after your moving date

Coordinating moving vans as well as delivery vans can be a nightmare. It can get even worse though if you waste their time or have to borrow moving vans for an extra day, because you didn’t manage to transport everything across. All of this costs extra money, so make sure you order furniture to either be delivered to your current address and deal with the space issue, or rent furniture for a few weeks and have your new furniture delivered at a later date.

Have you moved recently? Do you have any tips of your own? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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