Moving is not only chaotic and exhausting, but it can be expensive as well. Paying for movers, cleaning services, travel expenses and who knows what else can all add up to a hefty moving budget.
This is why it’s important to budget carefully and look out for the different ways to can save money. While the move will inevitably cost you some money, here are four ways that you can reduce and minimise some of the expenses that are coming your way.
The earlier you begin planning, the better your chances are of snagging a few deals and discounts, and avoiding last-minute panic buys. As soon as you have a moving date, start scheduling movers, organising transport, and calling in friends and family to help.
When everything is planned out, start packing your house room by room. The sooner you start packing, the easier the job will be and the less stress you’ll be under when the time comes to move.
Ship Your Car
If you’re relocating long-distance, there’s the major question of your car to consider. Road tripping across the country will end up costing you more in gas and wear and tear than you would spend on simply opting for auto shipping to get your vehicle to your new home. While it may seem like a big price upfront, remember to consider the long-term effects and expenses too.
Make sure to research the best car shipping companies to ensure a good deal but also the safe arrival of your vehicle.
Do Your Own Packing
Some moving companies will have people come and pack up your home for you (and they’ll do it at lightning speed too). While this is appealing, especially for someone busy with work and other obligations in the weeks leading up to the mood, it can be a huge and unnecessary expense, which means you should take the time to do it yourself.
Sourcing your own packing materials will also work out much cheaper. You will easily be able to find free boxes to pack up your things, and then all you’ll need to purchase is some packing tape and a marker for labelling (two items you might already have lying around).
Declutter As You Go
Moving is the perfect time to declutter your home, and this can also help you save cash. The less you own, the less you’ll need to transport and often, this means that the moving costs will be less too (not to mention how much easier it is to pack and unpack with less stuff).
Decluttering is also a great opportunity to sell some of your unused items. Host a garage sale or sell your stuff online. This extra money can be put towards your moving expenses to help lessen the blow, or even go towards buying a few new items for your new home. During a move, things often go missing or you might find that your new place has some gaps that need filling and you’ll need to spend a little extra.