Whether you are just moving across the street, to a nearby city or out-of-country, moving can be stressful, overwhelming, time-consuming and costly. When moving to a new house, it is essential to cut costs. Not only does it save you money, but it also cuts the stress of getting settled in your new home.
Here are three ways you can save money that would benefit you in the long run when moving to a new home.
Move Only Items You Need
If you haven’t used those dormant office supplies or electronics in a while, how likely will you use them in your new place? If there is stuff you no longer use, such as TVs, printers, or furniture, then it would be better to donate, sell or even give them away.
It makes no sense to pay for moving items you do not need. Apart from spending more to move them, they can occupy valuable space in your new home. You can donate them to charity, sell them on Facebook Market Place, or even have a garage sale. You can also sell valuables to local pawnshops or auction companies near you.
Get Cheap or Free Moving Supplies
If you want to save on packing costs, consider buying used boxes and supplies. Getting good supplies to package and protect your belongings isn’t cheap. However, you can cut costs and save money by checking out Facebook Market Place for free or cheap supplies. You can alternatively visit retail stores that are likely to have strong boxes, such as coffee shops or bookstores.
If you plan to pack yourself and use a moving company, you can negotiate for the company to provide boxes and packing materials free of charge.
DIY or Hiring a Moving Company?
If you’re packing yourself or hiring a moving company, remember that the costs would depend on several other factors. Such as the moving distance, the total weight of your home belongings, the moving insurance package you have and how much packing and loading is done. You can get estimates from several moving companies and then compare the costs and benefits. There’s a range of services available for every budget.
There are several options, including one where a company packs, moves, and unpacks the items in your new location. This is the drawer-to-drawer service. However, it comes at a price and is the most expensive option, though stress-free. You won’t want to go with this if you plan on saving some bucks. There are other options, such as one where the company packs and delivers the items to your new place in boxes, and you only do the unloading.
But if you want to save money, you can pack yourself and have the company move your boxes and furniture. You can use big portable storage units or boxes to load and pack your items and then have the company deliver them to your new place, where you unpack them. This method is cost-effective and can help you save a few dollars.
However, the least expensive option is that in which you rent a truck, pack and load the items yourself, drive and move them and unpack them all by yourself. This is more or less a DIY approach and can save you a ton of money.
These methods have worked for many home buyers and continue to. You’ll be able to save a lot by applying them.