Tips to Save Money on Your Next Relocation
Moving can be expensive, so it’s important to save money while you are moving. Whether you’re packing up your apartment or preparing to move across the country, here are 12 tips for saving money along the way!
Tips to save Money While Moving: Packing
Moving can be expensive, so it’s important to save money while you are moving. Whether you’re packing up your apartment for a local move or preparing to move across the country, here are 12 tips for saving money on your next move!
01. Work with a mover that offers flat rates
Planning on hiring full-service moving companies? Know how much money you’re willing to pay in moving expenses and make sure the moving costs don’t eat up all of your money and leave nothing for other important things like food, travel arrangements, etc. When hiring movers, you should work with a moving company that offers flat rates because they offer prices that do not change no matter how much stuff you have. This is perfect if you’re not sure how many boxes and furniture pieces will need to be moved.
02. Sell anything you can ahead of time
You should sell as much as possible before moving day. Sell items on Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon to make some extra cash for your move.
03. Pack the important things first
Start with the items you know are important. Keep clothes, pictures, and other sentimental pieces near the front of boxes so you will have them first on moving day.
04. Leave some furniture behind if you can
Moving bulky furniture can be more expensive than buying new furniture. Hold a garage sale or Craigslist moving sale to rid yourself of furniture that is too big for your new home or to save space in the moving truck so that you can take a larger number of smaller valuables.
05. Don’t waste money on packing paper
Use newspapers or clothing and blankets to wrap your delicate items. This not only provides padding and protection from moving around, but it’s free!
06. Measure access points before moving
Don’t waste time and money moving things you won’t be able to get into your home. When planning to move into a new apartment or a residential move to a house, it’s important not just to check out the actual unit itself but also its access points such as doors, windows etc. This will help prevent wasting time and effort in packing unnecessary items while making sure that all essentials are well within reach when needed later on during the process.
The practice can also be applied even if one is simply looking to purchase a new piece of furniture since taking measurements beforehand will enable buyers to compare prices with ease without having to physically take each item off shelves themselves which would likely lead them
Tips to Save Money While Moving: Moving Process
07. Sell your moving boxes and packing materials after you move out
Sell your empty movers’ supplies and bubble wrap for extra cash after you move out. There are usually thrift shops or other outlets that will buy these items at a fraction of their original price so that you don’t have to pay for shipping costs by sending them back where they came from!
08. Don’t move during the busy season
Are you moving between the months of May and September? If so, then that means there are more people looking to move, and more than likely their prices will be higher because they know that demand is high. Try moving in the off-season, either before or after the busy season in order to get a better price!
09. Don’t forget to turn off the utilities at your old address
This is probably the last thing on your mind, but you don’t want to be paying for utilities that are no longer at your old address. Call each company up and let them know that you will not need their service anymore at this location! You might even get lucky enough to receive a credit on your account because of it!
Pro tip: Put a forwarding address in place with the United States Postal Service to your new address! When mail with your name on it is sent to your old address, the USPS will redirect it to your new address.
10. Ask your company for reimbursement
If you’re moving for work, don’t forget to ask your company if they will reimburse you for the cost of moving. If they say no, find out why and see if there is any wiggle room in their stance! Sometimes companies are willing to help you because it’s a smart business move that shows appreciation among employees!
11. Don’t forget insurance for your new place!
If you haven’t already, make sure that your renters or home insurance is up to date and ready for the big day! Make a list of everything inside your new place (or old if you’re moving out), include serial numbers and purchase dates. This information can be helpful during an insurance claim in case anything gets damaged. Don’t forget about those electronics either! If they aren’t currently protected under your renter’s policy, now may be a good time to add them as well as any other belongings that have been acquired since originally signing up for coverage.
12. Rent a storage unit until move-in day at your new place.
If there is a time period between living in your current home and your new home where you are staying with friends/family or in a hotel, consider renting a storage unit. For example, if you’re staying with friends until your new home is ready to move into, there’s no need for all of those boxes and furniture pieces to take up their space or pay your movers to hold onto your boxes for you.
Save Money On Your Next Relocation
It’s always smart to think about ways to save money. With these 12 tips to save money while you move, you can keep more of your hard-earned cash for other purposes like buying new furniture or paying extra rent on an apartment with a higher security deposit. By following some of the ideas above, you’ll be able to enjoy all that moving has to offer without feeling stressed out by the financial part.