You’re getting ready to make a move. Maybe you’re heading across town, or perhaps across the state, or even the country. Regardless of your destination, there are going to be a lot of expenses along the way. Luckily, there are several ways to trim some of those expenses, or cut them out entirely and make the move that much easier.
Have a yard sale. Why not get rid of some of the clutter and have a little extra money in your pocket before a move? This is perfect when you’re moving long distances and all of your belongings aren’t going to fit in your new place. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or inclination to have a sale, list your goods on Craigslist.
Of course, it’s a good idea to start this process as soon as possible so you clear out your clutter before you make the move (the great thing about Craigslist, by the way, is you can continue to get rid of things over the course of the move). Have stuff you have left over? Consider donating it. That way you’ll do someone a kind favor, enjoy a tax benefit, and you’ll have less clutter!
Reuse & Recycle. Have boxes laying around? Use those—and as many as possible—before getting more hunting for more. Then, when you need more boxes, hold off on purchasing anything until you’ve asked friends and family for their extra boxes. If they don’t have any, or don’t have nearly enough, there are still plenty of places you can get boxes cheap or free.
Check large dumpsters designated for recycling. These are often loaded with cardboard boxes. To supplement that supply, head to the nearest supermarket or liquor store (really!) and ask if they’ll part with a few boxes. The same goes for packing material. Assess what you already have (bubble wrap, packing & newspaper, towels or cloth) before borrowing or buying more.
Develop a Moving Strategy. Ok, so you’re nearly ready to depart. How are you going to actually move your stuff? You have three primary choices. You can:
1.) Hire a moving company
2.) Enlist your friends and/or family
or 3.) Do it all yourself (which may require renting a truck)
No matter what you do, you’re going to incur some sort of expense. The most financially efficient way would be to enlist your friends and family, but you’re still going to have to compensate them in some way (if you don’t, they might not help you).
If you do need to hire a moving company or rent a truck, it pays to shop around and do a little research. Get quotes in writing and look up the company online both through a basic web search (if they have a spotted past, it will show up quickly), look at sites like Angie’s List and Yelp, and check with your local Better Business Bureau.
For more information on saving money while moving, be sure to check out these tips, along with a more in-depth look at some of the suggestions covered above!
Jenny Young is a freelance writer working with Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.
When not writing about storage units and decluttering, she’s usually beautifying her home with organization projects.
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