How to save time and money when moving house

First and foremost, make sure you have given your house removalist company a detailed list of your home contents so they can bring the right sized truck. Too small and you may to do two trips or finish moving the remainder of your belongings yourself.

Try using pre-used packing boxes from supermarkets, but only if they are in good condition. Using boxes with rips and tears or that are too flimsy can result in the contents falling out.

Another good option is to hire pre-used boxes from your removalist, this way once your things are unpacked they will come and take them away for you as well. This also helps with stacking boxes when they are of the same size.

Be packed and ready to go for when your movers arrive. Where possible, disassemble all of your furniture, such as beds and dressing tables, before your movers arrive.

Sell old household items and furniture that you no longer want or need in your new house. The less you have to move, the smaller the truck and the less time it will take to move. Selling your old stuff is also a great way to make some extra cash to add to your moving house funds.

You can save money by using towels, linen, tea towels and old clothing to wrap and protect your fragile items.

Take down all your paintings and other art work down off the walls and are packed appropriately and stored neatly together in one place.

If possible, move as much furniture as you can out of bedrooms etc and store it all together in one place.

Clean the house and carpets yourself. Get your friends over for a working bee.