Moving is always stressful, no matter how excited you are about your new home. And it can also be really expensive. Here are some tips that will help you stay on budget.
Summer is a very popular time for moving, so more and more Americans are changing apartments or homes, and some others are relocating to a whole new city. Whatever the situation, it can be very costly. These tips will help you cut some costs and save money (and stress-less) during the process:
1- The lighter you move, the cheaper it is
Of course, you won’t be able to get rid of major things, but before you plan to move, take a close look at all those things you own. You will most definitely find items you no longer use, need nor want. It is a perfect time to get rid of those items, whether you give them away to someone who could actually use them or you organize a garage sale. You can also donate a lot of stuff to a local charity, just make sure items are in good condition!
2- Shop around
If you will hire a moving company, make sure you shop around! There are a lot of providers out there, and a lot of rip-offs too. Before deciding on one provider, make sure you compare rates, service and reviews —especially reviews. Make sure to check FMCSA’s moving checklist to keep in mind all you need to know in order to avoid rip-offs.
3- Pack things yourself
You can dramatically save money if you pack your stuff yourself instead of having movers do it for you. There’s no need to do everything the night before. Just take it easy and pack all those things you rarely use (winter clothes, the fancy china you never use, etc.) and leave those essentials for the last moment. You can go online and do some research to find basic packing tips, but you will need bubble wrap, cardboard boxes and a lot of crushed paper.
4- Keep a record
Make sure you keep a record of your things and items, and the condition they are in. Take photographs before the movers load everything into the van, so you have proof in case you need to file for a complaint.