Moving can be a very exciting time and a new chapter in our lives, but it can also be very expensive. Whether you are buying or renting, moving often requires spending exorbitant costs moving into our new home and cleaning and repairing our old home. Most people are aware of simple tips and tricks to making moving easier, but here are some of the best ways to save money while you are moving.
#1. Get help from family and friends
Family and friends can be great resources to help pack and move your items to your new home. They can also help with other tasks like keeping an eye on children or pets while you are busy moving.
#2. Use recycled boxes or items you already have
Instead of buying boxes or other items, try packing your items into laundry baskets or suitcases you already have. You can easily obtain recycled boxes from grocery stores or from other people that have recently moved.
#3. Sell items you no longer need
Selling the items you no longer need is a great way to make some extra cash and minimize the things you need to move.
#4. Use a friend’s pickup truck or van instead of hiring a moving truck or company
You can save a lot of money by moving your personal belongings in a pickup truck or van instead of renting a truck or hiring a moving company.
#5. Minimise the number of trips you need to move
Many moving trucks charge based on total mileage, so you can save money by packing your items into a truck efficiently to save on both mileage or on gas if you are borrowing a vehicle from a friend.
#6. Ask for discounts
Many cleaners or other retailers offer discounts for new clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for new customer discounts that might be available.
#7. Be diligent about setting up and shutting off utility services
You should schedule utility service and shutoff to avoid paying for service in two places. This will help save you money by avoiding paying for utilities that you are not using.
#8. Furnish your new place over time
It might be tempting to decorate and buy new furniture in your new place right away, but you can save money by furnishing over time or waiting to buy new furniture at discounts stores or during sales. You can also pick up inexpensive furniture on craigslist or other yard sale sites.
#9. Avoid hiring expensive movers
If you have friends and family that can help you should avoid hiring movers or do as much work as you can as movers often charge by the hour.
#10. Save your receipts if they are tax deductible or can be reimbursed
#11. Avoid moving during busy times
If at all possible, try to avoid moving during busy seasons. This is helpful as a truck or moving rates are lower during weekdays or during off seasons.
#12. Don’t forget to make a budget
It is important to figure out how much moving is going to cost you and to make a budget to include all of the hidden costs. This will allow you to save beforehand so that you are financially capable and able to make the big move.
While moving is sometimes stressful and expensive, it doesn’t have to be. These simple tips and strategies will help you save as much money as you can while you are moving, so that you can move into your new place with comfort and peace of mind.
Bio: Scott writes for MoveBuddies.com. His work allows him to help people find the best ways to move and how they can do it for a budget.