Moving comes with a lot of work and a lot of expenses. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s a necessary evil. Whether you’re planning a one-time move or your job requires frequent moves, it’s important to learn some money-saving tips. Planning ahead, comparing costs and thinking strategically can help you save precious dollars during a move.
Here are some tips for those who are moving on a budget:
Consider hiring professionals.
When you think of budgeting, the first thing that comes to mind is often that it will be cost-effective to have family and friends help you move, rather than hiring professional movers. However, there are many benefits of hiring professionals and they can end up saving you a lot of time and stress.
Movers are trained to move your furniture and other belongings as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. Good movers will show up on schedule, with a truck and all necessary tools, and move your belongings as efficiently as possible.
When it comes to necessary costs, factor in the time you’ll save by hiring movers. While it’s a nice idea to have family and friends help you move, it can end up taking far longer, and things may even end up getting broken or improperly packed.
When choosing a moving company, word of mouth is a great way to go; you can also search online for reputable companies. Remember to start early so you can research reviews and compare costs.
Packing for a move can quickly make it evident that you have too many material possessions! For all moves, but especially if you are moving cross-country or overseas and have to ship items, packing as efficiently as possible will help you save money and time.
Packing is a great time to evaluate which items you actually need. You may find yourself with a bunch of things you don’t even want to take with you. Decluttering can reduce a lot of the stress of packing. If you plan ahead, you could even hold a garage sale in order to raise some funds for your move. Otherwise, you can donate items.
You may come across things you don’t have room for in your new home, or don’t want to ship yet, but aren’t ready to say goodbye to. In this case, a storage unit is a great way to store these items affordably and safely, both for the short and long-term.
When it comes to hiring movers, renting a truck or storage unit, or anything else moving-related, remember to start planning early. Giving yourself time means you can compare prices and choose companies with the best cost-to-reputation relation. Leaving things until the last minute often leaves you with unnecessary expenses!
By taking these steps, and planning the most efficient move, you can take some of the cost and stress out of your big move!