Moving can be expensive, from the location itself, trucks, the movers, and the boxes to something as small as packaging tape, moving is guaranteed to cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to move and here are a few tips and tricks on how to save up when moving.
Right People for the Job
Hiring a professional might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re thinking about saving, but it will benefit you in the long run. Different companies have different practices, services, and pricing so calling the right people for the job is important to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. Hiring professionals will save you a lot of time and you can be sure that your furniture is safe and secure, saving you a lot of money should you try to move things on your own and cause a small disaster. You’ll be saving yourself a lot of trouble by hiring some professionals to do most of the work for you.
Moving is the perfect time to get rid of junk. Start a garage sale and do what you can to sell anything you don’t need or don’t want in your new house, as for the stuff you can’t sell go ahead and donate them. Downsizing will save you a lot of money by lessening the amount of things you need to pack. This goes for everything from knickknacks and toys to clothes and old appliances. This also applies to food items, use up as much food as you can before the move to save yourself the trouble of packing consumable goods. It’ll save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Reuse and Recycle
No need to go out of your way to buy cardboard boxes when you have a few of them lying around in your house anyway. Reusing old boxes can and will save you a lot of time and money for your move especially for electronics and fragile items, if you still have the boxes that they came in you’ll have a better time moving those items with ease. And why stop there? Before you go out and buy boxes for the move ask friends, family, and even people on social media if they have a few old boxes to spare.
Call in Help
When you’re preparing for a move, friends and family are always willing to help. Have them help with anything that is easy to move and maybe things that aren’t too fragile, it’ll be less work on your movers and less money for you to spend on not only with moving them but also the packaging. With enough people to help you move you’ll be done in no time. Just make sure to treat them well after, maybe with dinner, snacks, or an I.O.U. for good measure.
Talk to Your Real Estate Broker
Some real estate agencies offer their clients certain perks when using their brokers, this might come in the form of offering you a moving truck to be used on the day of your move or even discounts on rental trucks. If you used a real estate broker feel free to ask them if they offer services that can help you cut the cost of your move and you may find yourself with a very generous discount for your trouble.
Be Smart About Dates
Many people move on weekends or vacation days since they’ll have more free time to focus on the move but whatever you do don’t move during the busy season as it might be more expensive to rent trucks for the move on those days. Avoid that by moving on non-moving season dates. It might be uncomfortable or even inconvenient for some people but it also might be cheaper for you. So try to move in the middle of the week or in the middle of the month, maybe even during winter.