Moving is exciting. After all, you get a fresh change of scenery and an entirely new home to decorate to your exact preferences and aesthetic specifications. Although moving to a new home can be expensive in and of itself, there are also additional costs you may not have even considered. Luckily, we’ve got your back. There are plenty of ways you can save money during the moving process. Below, we’ve outlined some easy ways you can save and enjoy your new home with peace-of-mind and an intact bank account.
1. Minimize before you move
Don’t move to your new place with things you don’t need or actually use. Downsizing your stuff will save you money in labor and moving materials. Plus, it’ll also save you the stress of dealing with clutter. Cutting down on the amount of your belongings and practicing minimalism is a good idea since it will save space for the things you actually need in your new home.
Typically, movers charge by the hour, so the more hours you can reduce, the less you’ll have to pay in the end. The same goes for using a rental truck or U-Haul, the fewer hours you need it, the cheaper it will be.
Here are a few tips to minimize your belongings:
- Sort your items into four piles: toss, sell, donate, and keep. Offload items you can sell on Craigslist or OfferUp to give yourself a little financial cushion before you make the move.
- Start organizing and going through your possessions at least three months in advance of your move so you have time to sell and you’re not rushing up until the moment you physically must vacate your old property.
- Give whatever you can’t sell or donate to friends and family.
- Don’t forget to sort through, throw away the unnecessary, and pack away all of your important financial and legal documents in one leak proof container that is clearly labeled.
2. Consider moving containers
If you need more time to load and unload your possessions, you may want to consider getting a moving container. It works like this: a moving company parks a large container on your driveway, and you can fill it to the top at your convenience. Then, the company hauls the container to your new place where you can take your time unpacking everything. After it’s empty, you call the company and they take the container back to their HQ.
If you don’t have friends or family to help you move, this might be the best possible scenario so you’re not rushing to get a rental back.
3. Find packing supplies on your own
Although it’s very easy to purchase various packing materials from a moving company, avoid doing so. Instead you should look for bulk supplies of packing tape and find your own boxes for free. In the weeks leading up to your move, start picking up free newspapers to serve as packing material.
Another great tip for packing supplies is using your household possessions to optimize your packing. Use bath towels, blankets, or even clothing to wrap delicate items you need to move. It’ll save you on space and money on packing materials. Plus, it will reduce your overall waste.
4. If you have to use a moving company, shop around
If you do decide to use a moving company, don’t just go with the first result you see on a Google search. Do your due diligence and shop around to compare prices and services offered. While you don’t necessarily want to pick the cheapest, you should use a mix of different evaluation criteria like reviews and BBB ratings. Make sure you choose a reputable moving company above all else.
In addition, it’s important to ask your moving company for a fixed price over an estimate so you get the “true cost” of what it will take to move. You don’t want to finish moving into your new home and get stuck with a huge bill full of hidden fees you didn’t know about.
5. Consider the season
It’s cheapest to move in the winter, in the middle of the week and during the middle of the month. Most people tend to move during the weekends and when it’s warmer. It’s in your interest to be as flexible as possible with your move-in and move-out dates if you’re trying to save.
6. Couch surf your way to your new home or apartment
If you’re making a long-distance move, try to find friends and family you can stay with along the way for free instead of paying for hotel rooms. If you don’t have friends and families along the route, consider using an alternative to a hotel like AirBnB where you’ll likely get a better deal.
7. Keep a record of home improvements you made
If you want to enjoy long term savings after your move is over, keep all the receipts for home improvements costs and realtor fees—they can be used for tax breaks when tax season rolls around. But it’s important to have evidence of all the changes you’ve made.
Conclusion: Make your packing and moving process easier and cheaper
Moving can be an incredibly overwhelming process. You have to pack up your whole life and haul it into a completely different area. However, with the tips in this article, you can enjoy a move that’s less stressful and cheaper.
Samantha Rupp holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is a contributing editor for 365businesstips.com. She lives in San Diego, California and enjoys spending time on the beach, reading up on current industry trends, and traveling.