5 Tips for a more efficient and money saving move
Shifting from one place to another is just as exciting as it is hectic. There is a physical strain, time constraint, as well as financial burden — these burdens can add up quickly. To make sure you’re prepared for your move and save as much money as possible, here are a few money saving and efficiency tips for your next move.
What can you get for free?
People usually don’t mind spending a dollar or two here and there. But when it comes to moving, the huge expenses can add up fast. You might need boxes, storage bins, a moving truck and professional help as well. All of these materials and services will cost you a good amount of money. But what can you get for free? Well, instead of buying boxes, try getting them for free. You can visit local stores like a departmental store, liquor store, or pretty much any other small business and ask them for boxes. Most stores get their supplies in cardboard boxes, so if you ask them, some will be nice enough to let you have them for free. For the most part, they’re useless to store owners so basically, it’s a win-win situation for both.
It’s time to donate or sell
Moving out is the perfect time to clean your messes and get rid of things you no longer need. While you’re going through all your stuff, opt for a generous vibe. Give away all clothes, furniture, or any bits and bobs that you don’t seem to have used in a long time. You can donate these things to needy shelters or sell them to stores that purchase used items. This way, moving out will help you organise your next living space, minimise the burden you have to carry, and best of all, you might end up earning a few bucks! And if you’re downsizing from an expensive house to, let’s say, a small apartment in Chicago, this might be a blessing in disguise. Even more, if you’re an Australian resident making a cross country move, having less stuff to haul around will be a huge, huge help.
Should you hire movers?
Most people call on the expertise of a moving service while moving out. This is the perfect option for busy people who don’t want to deal with the headache of picking up heavy boxes and carrying them down ten flights of stairs. This is also an ideal option for people with a lot of stuff. If you want to hire such a service, book a good moving company months in advance of the day you plan on moving out. Short- term bookings will cost you much more than a service usually charges.
Consider your car
Moving means taking all of your stuff to a new place, this also includes your car. If you’re moving somewhere nearby, you can drive there easily. However, many issues can arise when you’re making a faraway move. You must calculate the cost of gas, cost of shipping, cost of your actual time spent driving and other costs that might occur. Maybe selling your vehicle and buying a new one in the new state or country you’re moving to will be more economical – you never know! Make a decision accordingly.
To make things easier for you while packing as well as while unpacking, label boxes clearly! Separate your things according to categories and rooms they will go in at your new place. This will save your time because you will know exactly where to put the stuff when you arrive at your new place. This can save you hours and hours of your time when moving. Colour coordinating your boxes with stickers is also a very cheap and easy way to make sure you stay organised during your move.
These 5 tips are might seem very basic but will be extremely useful. If you carefully plan your move out while keeping these tips in mind, you should be able to avoid any out-of-budget expenses and extra headaches!
Author bio: Sam Radbil writes for ABODO — not to be confused with the delicious chicken seasoning, adobo — helps you find your next apartment. We started ABODO because apartment hunting sucked where we lived. We thought there had to be a better way, so we built it.