Moving can be a very expensive process, but it doesn’t have to be. Between the cost of the moving supplies and the moving company, it can add up quickly. But, there are some ways to get organized, cut corners, and save some money. Here a few things to think about if you are moving on a tight budget.
The more boxes that you are moving, the more it will cost you. As soon as you know that you are moving, start getting all of your possessions organized. Go through the closets, cabinets, and drawers first. These places are usually where things get tossed or stored and can stay there for years. And, you may find that you really don’t need or want a lot of them anymore. If you have the time, you could have a sale, and try to recoup a little cash. Or, you could donate the items to a worthy charity.
#2 Don’t buy boxes.
The cost of moving boxes can add up quickly. It’s amazing how many boxes you will need for a move. And, after the move, those expensive boxes will probably end up in the recycle bin. That’s a lot of wasted money.
Instead of buying boxes, check out some of your local retailers for boxes. While grocery stores might not be the best source since those boxes were used to transport food items, other retail stores might be able to help. Clothing and shoe stores have sturdy boxes that are ideal for moving. Ask for a manager, and they may be able to set aside some boxes for you.
#3 Packing Supplies
You will also need a lot of packing tape, labels, markers, and supplies to keep your breakables safe. Instead of buying bubble wrap or packing peanuts, you can use old newspapers. They will do the job just as well, and they don’t cost anything. Just start saving them as soon as you know that you will be moving.
This may be one of your biggest expenses. Here are some ways to find the most cost-effective mover.
- Shop around, and let them know that you are comparing prices. That way, they’ll be offering you their best price up front.
- Try to avoid moving around the first of the month. That is when the moving companies are their busiest. Middle-of-the-month moves will be cheaper.
- Get a firm quote, instead of an estimate. Reputable movers will tell you exactly what it will cost.
The key to moving on a tight budget is organization. Start planning as soon as you know about the move, and look at any areas where you can save money. And, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family.