When it’s time to move, costs add up quickly – a situation that can lead to extra stress during an already stressful situation. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, there are multiple ways you can keep costs down. All you have to do is plan ahead and follow these easy budget-friendly moving tips.
Prepare to Pack. Until you start packing your belongings for an upcoming move, you never realize just how much stuff you actually have. This means you’ll require lots of boxes, tape and other moving supplies. To save money on supplies, the optimal solution is to begin collecting packing materials as soon as possible – from friends, family and stores around town. Opting for free boxes may take awhile to gather, but it is an easy way to save some cash.
Purge Your Belongings. Moving all of your belongings from one location to another can really strain your budget. The final cost of your relocation is primarily based on two things: overall weight of items and total distance from your current home to your new one. In order to make your move less costly, it’s a good idea to go through your stuff and do some downsizing.
If you’ve lived under one roof for many years, there’s a good chance that you’ve accumulated a large number of things – many that have become more and more useless and unwanted with each passing year. Moving is the ultimate chance to finally go through all of your belongings and purge what you don’t need.
A good way to begin the house purging process is to make an inventory of everything you own. Be mentally prepared to make some tough decisions – especially with those items you’ve been hauling around for years. Just remember – the more items you take with you, the more expensive your move will be.
Choose Your Moving Date Wisely. If you’re lucky enough to choose your moving date, do so wisely. The months from May to September are the most popular times to move, which makes moving during this time more expensive. Moving companies are also their busiest during these months, which can make it harder to book them. If possible, plan your move for the moving off-season in order to save big on moving rates.
Compare Moving Estimates. Moving companies are the ideal way to save time and energy. But, it can be costly. This being said, comparing cost estimates of moving companies is very important. Be sure to pay attention to additional services and how much each costs, such as packing, packing materials, unpacking, temporary storage, disassembly and reassembly of furniture, etc. Also, check for any extra charges and fees, being sure to investigate them before making a final decision on movers.
Opt for a DIY Move. If hiring a moving company doesn’t seem in the cards for you, don’t panic – instead, opt for a DIY move. A DIY move is definitely the more labor-intensive choice, but good organization, careful planning and safe execution can make it easier than you think – not to mention the cheaper choice. Expenses for a DIY move will include:
- renting a moving truck
- renting moving equipment
- purchasing fuel
- hiring helpers
- purchasing packing supplies
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