How to Move on a Budget – What do you need to know to relocate on a budget – and get everything done without losing your mind?
Here are some things to think about.
Assess your time vs. money situation
The economics of moving your household are simple: if you have the time to do everything yourself, you will not have to spend any money. Alternatively, if you have enough money to pay for others to move you, you won’t have to invest any of your own time.
So the first consideration should be how valuable your time and money are right now. This will most certainly vary based on your life stage, occupation, and how much time you have available for your move. If you’re a first-time homebuyer in your twenties without children, it can make sense to undertake more of the packing and moving alone.
Don’t eliminate options without doing some research
One pernicious aspect of budgeting for a move is that it’s not always clear which option is actually more expensive. Are you really saving that much money over a flat-fee moving service if you pack up your entire house, get a truck, and fill it up with gas as you drive? Possibly, but most likely not.
While you’re researching your alternatives, check out review sites like Yelp to see what kind of quality you can expect from any moving services you might choose. Consider how much hiring a vehicle, as well as paying for gas and mileage, could cost you.
Time your move as best you can
You’ve definitely heard the expression “time is everything,” and that’s also true when it comes to moving. You could save a lot of money if you time your move to coincide with low-demand times of the month or year.
Summer, for example, is a very expensive time of year to relocate. Many other households are attempting to take advantage of both the weather and the school vacation to make changes in their lives, and if you can wait until the fall or winter to move, you’ll most likely obtain better rates from any moving firms you speak with.
Get rid of as much as you can
Even if you’re a hoarder, you have to admit the sense in the premise that you won’t have to pay to move stuff that you don’t own anymore. When you’ve determined how much time and money you can spend on your relocation and when you’ll be moving, it’s time to start narrowing down what you’ll be moving as much as possible.
Don’t pay for boxes
Boxes are one of the last things you should spend for when moving on a budget — there are so many ways to find free boxes to move your things, and they can really add up if you buy them new from the truck rental agency.
Where can you get inexpensive or free boxes? First and foremost, try your workplace. If you work in an office, there are probably printer paper boxes that are suitable for relocation. Restaurants have food delivered on a regular basis, and that food appears in inboxes. Grocery stores and liquor stores frequently have box repositories, and if all else fails, you can always beg your pals on social media for any boxes they have lying around.
Use what you have for packing materials
Bubble wrap, like boxes, is one of those moving expenses that feels extra excruciating; it’s throwaway and serves no purpose other than to transport your possessions safely from one location to another. One simple approach to save money is to wrap breakables like plates or vases in materials from your home, such as sheets, towels, blankets, coats, sweaters, and so on.
This method works well, and your belongings will arrive in good condition at the other end; nevertheless, you may find yourself with a lot of laundry to do as you unpack from your journey. You have been forewarned!
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