5 Tips for Moving On A Budget
So, you’ve begun the moving process and you’re realizing how quickly expenses build up. It’s an expensive process! In fact, moving is one of the top three most stressful events in a person’s life.
Thankfully, you can reduce some of the financial stress without reducing the quality of your move. With some thoughtful procedures, you’ll be able to save money and focus on transitioning to your new home no matter if you’re moving across town or moving all the way across the country.
This can be one of the toughest parts of the process depending on what kind of person you are. If you’re particularly sentimental, getting rid of things can be very difficult because they hold emotional value. We discuss decluttering your closet in more detail here.
When you’re moving an entire home, you have to be even more honest with yourself in your decision-making. What can you seriously afford to store in your new space?
Hold onto things that are seriously irreplaceable, but re-evaluate when that list becomes wider than your storage unit.
After you’ve made a clear inventory of what you’re moving, it’s time to plan how to do it. This includes making a detailed budget for movers, and other materials.
You should never need to spend money on boxes. These are some of the easiest moving resources to access. Offices usually have them at their disposal. It’s worth it to check in with your social network to see who has what available for you.
Create a to-do list that’s broken down into simple steps so you don’t get overwhelmed. This can help you plan financially by indicating when money needs to be spent with the amount you anticipate spending.
Whether you’re hiring movers to help, or doing the whole thing yourself, it’s important to do excessive research to understand all of your options.
Moving companies usually charge flat rates. This is helpful in comparing them for their financial value. However, you don’t want to sacrifice quality service for the initial price when you’re trying to do a budget-friendly move.
Replacing damaged property will cost you more in the long run.
Therefore, checking reviews on the movers’ websites and Yelp leaves less room for costly errors. Compare the flat rate AND the amount of 5-star reviews on the companies you’re considering.
Can You Do It Yourself?
Think about it: do you have the capacity to do the heavy-lifting? This is dependent on a lot of things, including your own physical capabilities.
However, if you can access a moving truck and a handful of helpers, you can drastically save money on your move by doing the hard stuff yourself.
We get it– it’s not ideal! It’s a sweaty process that takes energy and time.
But if you have those two resources, this could save you hundreds on your move. Compare the rates of the moving companies as mentioned above with a rental truck. See if a few of your closest friends or relatives can help.
It is important to note that this method may increase the number of trips that you need to make between your old and new home, leaving you with a period of time where you might not have a normal bed at your new place. We recommend using a raised air mattress in this instance.
These portable beds are convenient to set up and take down while you transport your bed. They’re also typically very affordable.
One of the most overlooked ways to save money in a move is planning according to the seasons. This becomes a little trickier depending on the climate that you’re moving to. If you’re in an area with harsher winters, for example, it’s difficult to move with snow and ice as a factor.
However, if you can avoid moving in the summer, it is advised that you do so.
The moving process is difficult for everybody. However, it shouldn’t cost you a fortune! Careful planning can drastically reduce moving costs. If you’re moving on a budget, ease some of your stress by considering these factors ahead of time.