Expert Tips On How To Save Money When Moving
Moving is one of the most daunting experiences that a person can go through, even more so if you’re under a budget. For many, it just seems impossible. How on earth are you supposed to take out everything in your home and magically transport it to your new house without spending a crazy amount of cash?
Well, you should know that it isn’t all that impossible. It might be challenging, but doable all the same. Luckily, we’ve got some tips for you on how to make the transition a bit easier (both on you and your wallet).
Saving Money When Moving
- Save on boxes. Whether you like it or not, you will be using a lot of boxes when moving. For this reason, most movers charge like crazy for boxes. However, know that there are options to take. You don’t have to purchase boxes. You can:
- Get empty printer-paper boxes from your workplace. Those things are big, durable, and free!
- Ask for boxes from family or friends. If you know someone who recently just moved into a new place, ask for the boxes he or she used.
- You can actually find ads on Craigslist for free boxes.
- Some people just do not have the time to take their old, but still usable boxes to the recycling center. Find them and get those boxes out of their hands.
- You can also check Freecycle.
- If you’re friends with someone who works in a liquor store, you can ask for wine crates.
- Mid-sized stores carry plenty of boxes. Cruise behind supermarkets or in the alleys near retail stores and you will most likely find perfectly healthy boxes.
- After moving, you can earn cash back – resell boxes to Box Cycle or to Container Exchanger.
- It is also possible to rent, instead of purchase. The Box Buddies delivers boxes to your door. Use them for your move, and after you’re settled in and unpacked, the company picks them up again. This can be costly, but it is clearly the environment-friendly choice.
Make The Most Out Of Utility Shutdown Dates
Some utility providers would not prorate your bills as of the date of your departure/moving. You can consider cutting off your service ahead of time if your billing cycle is not in line with the date of your move. This means you won’t pay an additional month. You can make do without cable for a week or so, right? You can’t do this with electricity, though.
If your new home is in another city, find out if there are free services. A good example is Utility Concierge in Dallas. It has ties with many utility companies in the area, which lets new residents get their hands on the best utilities deals.
Throw (Or Give) Away As Much As You Can
You can donate or sell some of your stuff before moving. Donating will help you earn some cash, mostly through tax deductions. At the same time, you reduce the weight you need to carry during moving. This can play a huge hand, since many movers calculate their rates using the weight of the items they’d be moving.
You’re going to realize that you don’t need all of the things in your current home, even if you’ve always thought otherwise.
A more drastic measure is selling all of it. This isn’t for everyone. If you’re ready to part ways with your things, or if you think the tasks of transporting everything is too overwhelming for you, then this is something to think about.
If you can’t donate or resell, be sure to double-check the measurements of your new home. This is particularly essential should you be bringing with you bulky furniture. You wouldn’t want to lug around a bed that won’t fit in the bedroom.
Consider the USPS for your books. Books are undoubtedly some of the heaviest things to deal with in your repertoire when moving. First, categorize which ones to keep and which ones you can donate (or sell). Put them in separate boxes. Ship the ones you’re keeping via the Postal Service’s Media Mail. Sure, the USPS may take longer to deliver your stuff, but they also offer a price that no mover can beat ($11.55 for 20 lbs!) – use these savings on something more important during your transition.
Be Wise When Wrapping Stuff
Wrap your breakable and delicate things using linens, towels, or even clothes. This saves you money from having to use bubble wrap. Be aware, though, that you’re probably going to end up with a huge load of laundry once you’ve unpacked in your new home. Weigh out which costs you want to save on.
An alternative: wrap breakables with coffee filters, which are inexpensive and more convenient than newspapers, which can smudge ink all over the items.
Should You Hire Professional Movers?
It goes without saying that this requires some research. The common mistake is assuming that hiring movers is costlier than doing it yourself.
Think of it this way; you’re going to rent a rental truck and move everything yourself (with some help from family or friends, perhaps), and you’re going to put a lot of sweat and blood in the process. In the end, you’ll only come up with the conclusion that you’ve spent more on the rental truck (U-Haul, anyone?) than you would have with pro movers.
So before you set your mind on doing it yourself, consider the following:
- Find options and compare quotes. About three moving companies should give you a good idea on which deal is the best for you. Plus, it is possible to negotiate with moving companies – something few people know.
- Pick an off-peak moving date. Like all businesses, movers get off-seasons, too. Usually this is during the winter or fall. During this time, you can get up to 30% lower rates.
- Read reviews. Go to Yelp, ask around from your network if you know anyone who has moved before, and do a background check with the Department of Transportation if a particular mover has any outstanding violations with their Safety and Fitness Electronic Records.
- Schedule the move to avoid rush hour. If you’re diy, drive during off-peak hours. This way, you save yourself a lot of time, gas money, and headaches. Getting stuck in traffic can only escalate the issue of having poor gas mileage, regardless if you’re using your own (jam-packed) vehicle or using a rental truck.
- There is a third option. If you somehow can’t make do with DIY moving (with assistance from friends), and you can’t grasp the idea of hiring professional movers either, then it might be worth looking into renting storage units. Companies offer portable storage (PODS being the most common). Load the unit on your own, and the company will deliver it to your place. You’ll take care of unloading, too.
It’s no secret that moving is a challenging and expensive chore. But with some tricks and life hacks, you can certainly spare yourself from unnecessary costs and effort. We hope these tips helped you out – and we wish you a fun move into your new home!
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