Because of a promotion your partner got from work, you need to move to another location. This is where your partner will be working in the coming months. You’re excited for your partner, but at the same time, you’re worried about the move. For one, this is your first time to move, and second, you don’t have a big budget to spend for the move. There are also many items to organize and pack. To lessen the stress that you’re already feeling, we’ve put together a 5-step guide to make your next move a low-cost moving experience:
1. It’s okay to purge
It’s typical for someone to still keep items no matter how unused or broken these can be. These items have memories so throwing them away may not be an option for some, and you might be one of these people. If you need to move on a budget, you should gradually let go of these items, no matter how hard it can be. When you have unused items like towels or old furniture, for example, consider donating them to charity or giving them to friends. If you have enough items, you can even host a garage sale. This can be an excellent way to get rid of stuff which you no longer use while earning money at the same time.
2. Get used boxes
If you’re thinking of buying new boxes and bubble wraps for the move, you’re doing it all wrong if your budget conscious. You can end up spending a lot more money than you for moving supplies. You can pack all of your items for free by asking your local grocery store or recycling center for leftover boxes. Aside from the boxes, you can also make use of your personal luggage for packing. You can place your clothes and linens here. Doing this won’t only cut your expenses for the move, but you’ll also have clothes the moment you arrive at the new home. You won’t need to look through numerous different boxes to find what you need.
3. Clean while you pack
Cleaning is the last thing you want to do once you arrive at your new home. During that time, the movers you hired will ask you where to place your furniture while you are definitely going to be focused on making sure that all of your items are intact and accounted for. Save yourself from a stressful situation by cleaning before and during the move-out period, not after. This will also allow you to decide which items you should and shouldn’t bring during the move. The fewer items you bring, the lower price you’ll have to pay the moving company.
4. Work with movers
Nowadays, it’s easy to find cheap movers no matter where you are. But before choosing which company to work with, make sure that you ask for referrals from friends, family and even past clients. You should also ask for quotations from several local moving companies so that you can compare their prices. Finally, remember to ask any and all the questions you need answered before signing the moving contract.
5. Select the best time to move out
Since you’re already considering working with a professional mover, your next priority should be thinking about when to move. If you have the option to choose when to move, book early so you’ll be able to get a discounted price from moving companies. If you can arrange to have your moving date during the off-peak moving season (September to May) you may be able to get a 20-30% discount from peak season rates, depending on the mover you choose.
Moving from one location to another can be very stressful indeed. You’ll need to make sure that everything that you own is properly packed, so it won’t be damaged during transport. Aside from your personal household items, you’ll also have to organize travel and the personal adjustment you will undoubtedly need to consider with a new home. But knowing that you actually made the move without spending too much can lessen the stress, right?