Whether you are moving down the street or across the country it can be expensive. Since you can’t avoid moving, you can take several precautions to ensure you don’t go broke during the process. Here are a few tips to make your moving life that much easier.
Ways to Save Money on Your Next Move
#1. Plan Ahead
This may sound like the simplest tip, but it’s the one that people forget the most. When moving, you need to plan ahead from every angle. Canceling the Internet on time can keep you from having extra charges.
Even the time of month you choose to move can save you a lot of time and money. Also, make sure you get your mailing address changed and even your electric, gas, and water transferred. All of these accounts may not seem urgent, but if you miss an important bill, you can receive large late fees!
#2. Ask Friends and Family
It seems as though when it’s time to move, everyone disappears. However, do not be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help from friends and family. Hiring movers is not only expensive, but almost unnecessary if you can find enough people to help you. Keep in mind that you will need help packing and moving, so recruit as many warm bodies as you can. Don’t forget to pay them in food and drink currency though.
#3. Part with Items
No one likes to part with items that they love. However, moving usually means getting rid of things you haven’t used in a while. That old chair sitting in the corner that no one as sat in for 15 years can probably go. Also, grandma’s old tapestries that are just taking up storage can probably go to. Parting with furniture is a good way to save money as well. You wont’ have to get a larger moving truck and you can just purchase new furniture online when you get to your destination with money you made from the sales of items and have it shipped to you!
Although the parting will cause sorrow, it will limit the amount of unnecessary items you need to take with you on your move. Have the kids get rid of some of their toys. Maybe it’s time that mom and dad part with some of their toys as well. You know that elliptical that’s been sitting in the corner for 15 months? Time to go!
#4. Sell Those Items
Maybe you are moving across country and need to make some quick cash. You remember all of those items you can’t use anymore? Sell them for dirt cheap, to someone who will use them. At the end of the day, if no one buys the items, you can simply donate them. Moving is the perfect time to dig through your storage items and sell items that you no longer need.
Are you ready to move? Thankfully these tips will help you save some money and your sanity. What are you waiting for? You’ve got packing to do!
Thanks to Jess Weaver for this wonderful post!