Moving brings the onset change, and with it, a wavering set of feelings that have you stressed, nervous, and excited. You want everything to run smoothly and efficiently, and you want it at a reasonable price—am I right?
Moving is expensive. It’s not only financially demanding, but it’s also a hefty commitment to your time and energy, as well. Save on all fronts by focusing on these hacks to save money on the move.
1. Plan as Far Ahead as Possible
Planning will allow you time and the best possible chance to be strategic with cutting corners where possible. Take your time to work with your realtor during the negotiation process, as well as planning things top-to-bottom concerning transportation. Don’t settle for the “I need this one cause it’s last minute and it’s all that’s available” mindset. Don’t overstress and likely end up spending more out of sheer necessity. Instead, plan a reasonable amount.
2. Donate What You Don’t Want
It can be hard to part with certain things but recognize that even though something has served you well, it doesn’t need to follow you forever. Be grateful for the items that have helped you through your time in a previous home, and pass them on. Donate any furniture, clothes, food, and electronics that you don’t need. This will save you space in transportation, as well as your new home. Oh, and one more bonus? Write it off as a tax break.
3. Get Your Boxes from Local Venues
Purchasing moving boxes can get expensive. Instead, take a little trip out to your local superstores, grocery stores, and warehouses and find the boxes that they were going to dispose of anyway. One, you then have a choice to dispose of them with environmental practices should you choose, and two: it’s no cost.
4. Rally the Troops to Help
Avoid paying a moving company if you can. If you do plan as advised, it will allow you plenty of time to recruit help from those in your life that have a helping hand to lend. Coordinate with other’s schedules if possible, and offer to compensate with a fresh home-cooked meal as soon as you get settled.
If you do end up using a vehicle or company, request a low price match if possible to ensure you get the best quality for the lowest price.
5. Protect Items Properly
Avoid having to come up with the cash to replace items that break or become damaged in some way during the move. Utilize what you can of your own as far as linens, blankets, and towels to wrap items carefully, but for extra fragile items—invest in some bubble wrap.
A key rule of thumb is if bubble wrap is cheaper than the item by at least half, it’s probably worth taking the extra measure.
6. Purchase a Digital Service Bundle
Switching your digital space can be difficult, especially if you haven’t moved for a while. Tons of companies take advantage of people moving, as they have too much on their hands anyways. Opt for purchasing a bundle that will include your necessities at a discounted and reasonable price.
7. Watch Your Shut Down Dates
Avoid paying for an extra month if a company does not prorate your bill. If you’re not sure about moving dates, waiting a bit for the exact optimal time will be beneficial.
Sometimes, moving is necessary, and saving? Saving is self-care. Your friends at GR8NESS wish you the best of luck in your transition.