It’s moving time! Whether you’re getting your own place for the first time, moving in a with significant other or new roommate or relocating for a new job, you need to figure out the best and most cost-effective way of getting yourself and your belongings from your old home to your new one. Moving can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to move on a budget — but don’t worry, because, with the right cheap moving tricks, you can stay within your budget and minimize stress while you relocate. Here are some helpful tips for a cheap move.
1. Do Some “Spring” Cleaning Beforehand
A great way to save some money during your move is to get rid of unnecessary items in your home. Do you have a drawer full of old clothes that you just don’t wear anymore? Is there an entire row of books on your bookshelf that you’ll probably never read again? Donate or sell those unnecessary possessions! When you have less stuff to move, you’ll save money and hassle. There are lots of mobile apps you can use to sell things locally — or you could hold a yard sale. You’ll not only save money when it comes to your moving costs, but you could get a little bit back. When you get there, you’ll have a less to unpack and a less cluttered space, as well.
2. Get Creative with Packing Materials
It’s best to begin packing non-essential items first and keep going from there. You could hire professionals to do your packing, but why spend that money when you could do it yourself?
Thinking outside the box is a great way to save money during your move. Never pay for empty boxes! Let your friends, family, and coworkers know you’re moving and see if they’ll give you some for free. Asking local businesses like grocery stores and post offices can also bring you luck in scoring free boxes.
When it comes to saving on packing materials, buying packing peanuts and bubble wrap can also add up fast. Try using things you already have at home. Wrap breakables in towels, bed linens, clothing or blankets. You could also use coffee filters to wrap these items. Unlike newspapers, they won’t transfer ink to your items.
3. Find Cheap (or Free!) Movers
You can’t move alone. Having other people — whether they’re friends or professional movers — makes moving so much easier. If you have friends or family in the area, they may prove to be the cheapest way to move locally. Make sure you’re not taking advantage, though — offer them a meal when the move is finished to show your appreciation.
If you’d rather hire professional movers, be sure to use a flat-rate mover. Some movers may try throwing in hidden fees and give you a bill higher than your quote. With a flat-rate mover, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll pay.
You could also go the middle route between friends and professionals. Choose from multiple mobile apps that can let you search for local people willing to help with various tasks, like moving. They set their own rates, which may turn out to be cheaper than hiring a mover. If you really only need help with a few large, bulky, heavy pieces of furniture, they may be a good compromise for saving money.
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