Moving is many things - stressful, tiresome, but also exciting. Yes, it is exciting as you are moving somewhere completely new, turning a new leaf and starring fresh. But, we can all agree that moving is also time, energy and money-consuming. Because of that, people are stressed out when moving house. However, the thing that people worry most about is all the costs that come with relocation. Finding a new home and hiring a moving agency are just a few things that can eat away at your budget. But do not worry. We are here to help you out with some tips and tricks that can hopefully save you some money when moving a house.
Hire a Moving Agency
Like most people, you too probably think that there is no way that hiring a moving agency can save you money. But, you are wrong. Just imagine - if you are moving by yourself, you will need to hire a moving truck, a freight forwarder, buy all the packing materials, get insurance, and take care of many other moving-related costs. On top of that, you must hope that nothing goes wrong. If it does, well, you will have to pay twice as much than you planned.
Thus, save yourself from all that trouble and hire a proper moving agency. Professional movers and packers are useful, trained and experienced people who will be able to safely relocate all your belongings to your new address in no time. This is definitely something that will come in handy, especially if you are moving in a hurry, or moving with your entire family.
Ask your friends for recommendations or look for movers online. Alt.tag: A woman writing on her laptop.
Start Preparing Ahead of Time
Another great tip that will help you save money and enable you to even relocate to another state without breaking the bank is proper preparation. That is, preparing ahead of time. To begin with, most moving agencies will offer you plenty of discounts and the ability to negotiate the price if you book them ahead of time. Also, looking for movers in advance will give you a chance to choose a moving company that is both reliable and affordable.
And, even if you decide to relocate by yourself, you will have months to gather all the necessary packing supplies and to find capable people who will be willing to help you out. Moreover, you will be able to move in stages which will definitely save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Thus, start planning! Put everything on paper. Include your entire household if necessary.
Find Your New Home Before Moving
By all means, find your new home before moving if you want to save money. Just think about it - you will spend a fortune on paying for a hotel and a storage unit for all of your stuff if you start looking for housing after you relocate. That is really an unnecessary cost! Avoid it by looking for your new home before you start packing your bags. Once you find it, get blueprints and measurements of each room. By knowing the right dimensions of your new home, you will be able to pack accordingly. That is also something that will save you a lot of money. Thus, look at those blueprints, check which pieces of furniture can fit in your new home, and pack only those.
Having blueprints by your side while packing can be of great help. Alt.tag: A man looking at blueprints.
Declutter and Downsize
One thing is for sure - the more items you plan on relocating, the more expensive your move will be. It is simple - most moving companies charge by the weight of your stuff. And, even if you plan on moving by yourself, you will still need to buy more packing materials and a bigger truck if you have a lot of stuff. So, if you want to save money when moving house, it is simple: declutter and downsize! As previously mentioned, pack according to your blueprints. Pack only what is absolutely necessary and irreplaceable. Everything else you can either donate to your local charity or give to some of your friends or family members who might need it. Moreover, if you want to earn some extra cash, you might also consider selling some of your stuff. You can organize a yard sale, or sell the items online.
If you think that something will not fit into your new home, do not pack it at all! Alt.tag: A box.
Be Resourceful and Creative
Everything is better with a little bit of creativity, right? Of course! And, creativity and resourcefulness can actually help you save a lot of money when moving. If you plan of having a DIY kind of relocation, there are many ways that can help you save your money. For instance, instead of buying all the packing materials from movers or from the store, you can try to use what you have in your home. Take all of your bags (luggage, suitcases, gym bags, school bags, etc.) and use them instead of boxes. That is a great way to save money on packing suppliestoo!
However, be careful - be creative only with items that cannot break easily or that are not valuable. For those, you better use proper moving materials. Moreover, instead of paying movers for their services, find a friend or two to help you out. Call all your friends, family members, or neighbors. They can help you with all the heavy lifting and loading and unloading.