Moving on a budget
Moving can be stressful and expensive, but if you’re looking for ways to move on a budget, planning is key. Here are some ways you can move cheaply and efficiently.
- Avoid peak moving season if possible. When budgeting to move, you should choose the right time. According to Home Advisor [link: https://www.homeadvisor.com/], the cheapest times to move are in the fall and winter, on weekdays, and in the middle of the month. You may not only receive lower prices, but also use moving companies during their slower schedules. On the day of the move, avoid driving during the morning and evening rush hour traffic.
- Be flexible on your moving date. Unless it’s time sensitive, be open on your moving date. The moving company may have to fit you into their schedule.
- Avoid paying for boxes. You’ll need boxes, but the cost can add up if you’re on a budget. Although some moving companies offer them, you can get boxes from family and friends, your office or workplace, supermarkets and department stores, or recycling centers.
- Use your own packing materials. The cost of bubble wrap and packing paper can be expensive. Instead, try using linens, towels, and casual clothing to wrap breakable items. You can also use plastic shopping bags or newspaper.
- Pay attention to your utilities. To potentially save money, write down a list of utilities for your old residence and new one. Take a day to close old accounts and open new ones.
- Create keep, donate, or throw away piles. If you have too many items, that could slow down the move. Try creating three piles: keep, donate, and throw away. It reduces the number of items you must move.
- Sell what you don’t need. You may find unwanted items with value. Sell them online or host a garage sale to help you save money and earn extra cash for your move.
- Pack what you can ahead of time. Pack items you won’t need during the move such as electronics, kitchenware, and extra clothing. By having these items boxed and labeled, you can focus on the larger time such as furniture and appliances.
- Get help from people you know. Invite your friends, family, and coworkers who live nearby to help you pack for your big move. You could even sweeten the deal with food and drinks.
- Shop around for the best moving truck rental. For a DIY move, get as many quotes as possible. Look at the size of the truck, how far you’re going, and whether you need the truck for one-way or roundtrip.
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