I think most of us can agree that one of the most stressful life events is moving. Regardless of whether you’re starting a new job, starting or ending a marriage or simply looking for a change of scenery, we all have to relocate at one time or another. And it’s likely you have to stick to a budget when the need to relocate arises. RealTrends states 61.5% of people move between the months of May and September. Working to reduce your moving expenses can decrease your anxiety in this situation. Being aware of tips that can enable you to save money and get the job done can be helpful.
Tip #1: Get Estimates
The first thing you will want to do is to obtain estimates from various cross country moving companies. Taking time to shop around for the lowest price is essential if you want to save money on relocating all of your belongings.
Listed below are things to consider before contacting any professional movers:
1. Recommendations – Be sure any business you contact is one you know something about or has been suggested to you by a friend or family member.
2. Rate – Inquiring how the cost of your move is determined may enable you to reduce costs by doing some of the work yourself. This could include helping to load boxes on the truck and other ways to decrease the labor of the movers.
3. Be specific – The best way to get an accurate estimate of the expense to move is to have the mover come to your home and review your needs. Don’t forget to show this person your home office during this personal inspection. This can help eliminate any confusion and allow you to get an accurate estimate.
Tip #2: Declutter
The less you have to move, the lower your cost may be to do so. There is a variety of ways you can get rid of belongings you don’t use frequently.
You could have a garage sale, and by advertising this, you’re likely to have more people attend. Put signs along the main roads on the way to your home and in your yard, and place a classified ad in the local newspaper or on Craigslist. A well-attended yard sale will allow you to make extra money that could be used to help pay for your move.
Another great idea is to donate things you don’t need or want to charity. This can be a great way to give back to your community, and you’ll be allowed a tax deduction, which can help reduce your tax debt.
Tip #3: Look for free packing supplies
One thing that can significantly help lower your cost of moving is collecting free packing materials yourself. Taking the time to ask your local grocery store for free boxes can translate to substantial savings for your move. It’s a great idea to visit the store at least weekly and ask if there are any extra boxes you can have for free, or if there’s a specific day of the week when they put boxes out for recycling.
If you get the daily newspaper or have an assortment of magazines lying around, these can be used for wrapping your fragile items. You can also allow sheets and towels to do double duty as soft wrap for fragile items. Relying on things you have at your disposal can save additional money when it comes to packaging supplies and be the best way to reduce the possibility of your fragile items getting broken.
Tip #4: Ask for help
If you have friends or family you can count on, ask them to help on your moving day. Let’s be honest — no one really likes to help anyone else move. But being able to rely on people in your life that are willing to be there for you can help reduce both stress and the cost of moving. And most folks who are willing to help would be more likely to do it if you offer them some drinks and pizza.
Getting to where you need to should be the first thing on your mind. However, facing the need to relocate can induce a large amount of unavoidable anxiety. Finding ways to save money can lower your stress level and enable you to focus more on the task at hand.