Moving homes, whether you’re moving willingly or are forced to move, even though it can be an exciting experience is also very stressful, both for you and your family. And during this hectic period in your life, while you’re trying to stay on top of things and organize every aspect of the relocation process, it’s quite easy to forget to organize your finances. Like most people, you’ll be surprised by how costly moving can be and how many ‘extra’ expenses there are when it comes to moving. But it isn’t all as grim as there are numerous ways of saving money while moving. Hopefully the following tips will help you when it comes to not spending so much on the move.
How to save money while moving
Plan your moving budget
Like in many things in life, organization is one of your most important tools, moving included. Organize your moving budget, plan for every expense that comes to mind when you think about the relocation, from the biggest ones (like hiring the movers) to the smallest costs (e.g. buying snacks on moving day). You should also think outside the box and plan for all possible, unexpected expenses of the move.
Decide what items to take
You don’t really need all the junk that’s currently in your home, do you? If you’ve been living there for a long time, you have undoubtedly hoarded quite a lot of ‘treasure’ in your home. Well, now’s the right time to go through all of your belongings and decide what’s important to you and what you’re going to donate, gift or throw away. You can also decide to sell any items you don’t plan on taking with you, so you can make some extra cash that will prove useful later. You should also keep in mind that most moving companies factor in the weight of your items when calculating moving costs.
Do the packing yourself
No-one is stopping you from doing the packing yourself, just make sure that you do it properly. That means packing everything safely and efficiently, so nothing gets damaged and all of your items arrive to your new home in one piece. Packing by yourself is a sure way to save money, but you should consider how much it will cost in time.
Easy way of getting moving supplies
If you’ve decided to do the packing yourself, you should keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to buy all of the packing supplies that you’ll need. You can ask friends or family who have moved recently, check online and you can get free moving boxes just around the corner in your local store, you just need to ask.
Finding an affordable moving company
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that moving by yourself is clearly the cheapest option for you, but it isn’t always so. Considering all the moving expenses, from renting a moving truck to getting all the manpower that you’ll need and not to mention the time you’ll spend on it, it might be cheaper to hire professional movers in some cases. Don’t forget that most companies will provide you with a moving estimate so you can check if their prices suit your moving budget. You should also keep in mind that you don’t have to pay for the full moving service, you can use just the moving services that you yourself need.
Don’t forget our tips for a cheaper move the next time you’re moving or are helping someone move, and if you decide to hire professional movers do consider Cross Country Movers, as we’re one of the most affordable moving companies in the country.