Moving to a new place should be a fun and exciting adventure. However, in some cases, it can turn out to be the most stressful process of someone’s life. Yes, moving requires a lot of planning and preparation, and yes, hiring a moving company will save you from a lot of stress. But unfortunately, it will also cost you a fortune.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t have the money to hire professionals or maybe, you are just a DIY person, don’t worry – we got your back. In this article, you will find four amazing ideas on how to prepare, plan, and move on a budget.
Let’s face it, you do not need all your belongings in your new place. Most households have a ton of junk lying around in their closets, attics, and basements. Some people just don’t like to toss out their old stuff. However, when moving, each box will cost you money. That is why it’s very important to declutter or, to say it bluntly, get rid of the trash.
Sure, not all items are going to be trash. Old clothes, blankets, footwear, and even furniture can and should be donated to charities and homeless shelters. Not only will you save money, but you will also help some people that have it worse than you.
Use old boxes
One of the biggest moving fees is packaging and wrapping supplies. Professional moving companies usually charge by the box, so if you have a lot of things to transport, you can probably imagine how quickly the packaging fees will add up.
Fortunately, you don’t need them at all. Items like clothes, sheets, blankets, books, etc. are not fragile, and you can pack them in any old box. Don’t have any boxes? There’s nothing to worry about. Simply ask for printer-paper boxes at your workplace, or get some from a friend who has recently moved, or you can even go to a local store and ask there. Cardboard boxes are useless unless you are moving, so they will probably give them to you for free.
Rent a truck
Now that you have everything packed and wrapped, you can proceed to the transportation process itself. Unless you own a truck or know somebody who does, there is no free way to go about this. Sure, you can stack boxes in the back of your sedan and go back and forth 20 times until you have everything transported, but honestly, that will cost you more time, effort, and money.
The best thing you can do is take out your yellow pages, go to the professional truck hire page, and call a few numbers until you find a company that fits your budget and needs. Of course, if the yellow pages are too old-school for you, there is always an option to search the web. Regardless of the approach you take, make sure you get a big enough truck so you don’t have to make a lot of runs.
Change your address before the move
Finally, you should change your address ahead of time. This might not sound like a money-saving tip, but trust us, it is. Most people wait until the last day to change their mailing address. By doing this, your mail and bills will probably arrive at your old address. You need to inform your local post office about your move so they can change your shipping address to the new one.
Additionally, you should inform the utility service providers for the internet, electricity, telephone, and so on about your move, so that they can shut them down once you leave the house. This way, you will not end up paying for services you are not using. Also, if you want to have the internet enabled right away, tell your ISP the exact date you are planning to move into your new home, and they will make sure it’s on by the time you arrive.
And that’s about it. We hope you liked our four money-saving ideas. As you can see, there are ways to save some money and even do a charitable thing while planning and preparing your move. Just remember to start on time and to approach any potential problems one step at a time.
This post is contributed by Derek Lotts, he is a regular contributor at SmootDecorator and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the Internet to achieve betterment.