Although moving can be fun and exciting, it also comes with various challenges and expenses. Whether you’re moving across the country or locally, you might wind up spending more than you want.
Here are some recommendations on how to save money on moving costs.
Downsize Your Life
The simplest way to make moving more manageable and more affordable is to get rid of junk and clutter from your life. The challenge, however, is determining what the clutter is and what items are necessary. Downsizing is not only an excellent way to cut down on moving costs, but it will help you stay focused on your goals.
Even better, if you can sell some of your belongings, you can offset more of your costs. That said, if you can’t sell items, donating them is another excellent option. Helping those in need can make you feel even better about moving.
Get Gently-Used Packing Materials
One moving cost is buying boxes or containers to fit all your stuff. But utilizing gently-used materials can help you save money. Check with friends, family, and social media sites like Nextdoor to secure gently used boxes. The chances are that some people you know have moved relatively recently, so they might have the items you need.
Another option is to start saving boxes as soon as possible once you know you’re moving. For example, if you order products online, you can keep the packages in which they arrive. You might also try local grocery and liquor stores. Often they have boxes available for reuse.
Get Help With Packing
If you’re going to ask friends and family for used boxes and packing tape, you might as well ask them to help you store your items as well. Depending on the situation, it may be hard to enlist help for moving day, but it’s much easier to pack boxes and consolidate furniture and other items.
If you want to seal the deal, you can have a pre-moving party a week or two before your move-out date. Not only can a party encourage people to come and help pack, but you can also use it as an open house for anything you’re donating or selling. So, whether guests put your belongings in boxes or take them home, it’s a win-win.
Use a Moving Service
At first, hiring professional movers might seem like a way to increase costs, not save money. However, that depends on how you look at the situation. After all, isn’t your time and energy valuable? How many hours will you spend on packing, moving, and unpacking? If you have a busy lifestyle, it’s often more efficient and cost-effective to hire moving services.
Also, you can pick and choose the options that work best for your budget and your situation. For example, you might not need a “white glove” service where movers pack and unpack your boxes for you.
Finally, what happens if you or someone you’ve enlisted to help gets injured? What if you break something valuable? When using professionals, you can protect your items. Doing it all yourself means that you pay out of pocket for injuries or breakage.
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Moving brings many challenges and obstacles, so don’t let them get in your way. Instead, contact us to see what we can do to make your move as streamlined and affordable as possible.