It might seem like a preposterous question, but the fact remains: buying a house is a financial transaction. There’s a lot that goes alongside it - considerations, worries, surveys, and so much more - but at the end of the day, you’re buying something.
Haggling the price when buying a house is nothing new for either party. For the seller, their asking price is likely their ideal price - not the basement price they are willing to sell for. The seller always knows this; very few people submit an offer at the asking price, instead chancing their hand to see if they can get a bargain deal. It’s a matter of negotiation and everyone is used to it - but should that be the end of the line for your price-savviness involved in a house move?
The above saying is often used with negative connotations, but stripped back, it’s a fairly simple financial principle.
Aside from the actual cost of the building you are buying, there are a multitude of ways a house move can cost you money. Top of the rung is the legal and real estate fees. If you go with the first company you find for these, then chances are, you’re not going to get the best deal. Sure, you might luck out and find a good deal just by throwing a dart at a list of different companies - but it’s unlikely. To begin, make sure you compare conveyancing quotes and are well aware of any hidden fees. Will the company charge you for receiving a letter, or just handing over the keys? It can and does happen. You need a thorough outline of all the fees before you agree to use a company.
The same principle applies to every step along the way. It might be your removal company, any cleaners you bring in to ensure your new home is fresh from the start - always make it a two-step process.
1) Ask for the best price - because there’s no harm in asking. Don’t be demanding; just say it’s an expensive time and what’s the best deal they can do for you. It’s such a small thing, but so few people - usually out of embarrassment! - choose to do it.
2) Do your research. If you’re not happy with a price, then go and get others. It’s unlikely you only have the choice of one removal company, for example - so go and see if someone can better the deal.
How Can I Make This Cheaper?
For every step of the way, look for ways to save money with the companies you’re hiring. A great example is with your removal company. Most will offer to supply you with packaging materials, and it’s tempting to jump at the chance. What could be simpler? And it saves you a job!
But it’s likely going to be provided at a mark-up price. Instead, strap your haggling boots on (normal boots charged with a new purpose will suffice) and head to your local grocery store. Ask if you can use any old boxes or crates they have; if you’re lucky, they’ll be more than willing to provide, and usually for free. Always be wary of additional costs and look for ways to avoid them.