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Reduce the cost of moving

Never mind that property prices are rising, the cost of moving home is also rapidly increasing. However there are some ways you can cut the cost

Forget the impending prospect of an interest rate rise and the fact that house prices seem to be coming out of last year’s slump. If you’re thinking of moving, you’ll probably already have taken these things into account.

What might surprise you is the cost of actually moving into a new home. As house prices have risen, so too has the cost of everything else associated with bricks and mortar, and that’s without even thinking about things like stamp duty.

The costs

Estate agents

As house prices have risen, so too have agents’ fees. Most sellers still use them for convenience sake, although you could save quite a bit of money by selling yourself. The disadvantage of that is you will have to answer all the enquiries, do all the viewings and chasing of solicitors, etc. yourself.

If you want to sell yourself, there are many property websites to choose from.


It’s unlikely you’ll be able to save money by taking on this responsibility yourself (unless you are a solicitor by trade that is). You could try negotiating a discounted rate but other than that you may have to accept the cost.


This is one area where you can cut costs but it could cost you later. You can go for a basic survey and if a problem isn’t spotted before you buy the property, it will end up coming out of your pocket. Or you can play it safe and spend the money on a comprehensive structural survey, although there may be nothing wrong with the property. The choice is yours. Ask your family or friends if they recommend a particular firm.


You could do this yourself, saving the cost of a removal firm. It really depends on how much you have to transport and how far it has to go. If you’re not moving far, you could make several car journeys (depending on the size of your car), if you’re going further and you’ve got more to transport you could hire a van.

If you need a removal firm, bear in mind that they will be cheapest at the beginning of the week and most expensive at the weekend.


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