Moving is expensive! That’s why most people jump at the chance to save a little green wherever they can. But, savings at the cost of quality isn’t a good idea. Instead, follow these few simple strategies to help reduce your costs and ensure a safe and simple move that will not leave your wallet trembling in fear.
- Sell or Donate Items:
Moving is the perfect time to go through your belongings and weed out the items you no longer need or want. Get rid of that old set of skates or roller blades in the back of your closet, or sell furniture you do not want in your new home. A moving sale gives you the opportunity to sell your gently used items for a few extra dollars that can help pay for the moving truck.
Donate any remaining items to a charity of your choice. By donating the items, you get a tax deduction for the value of the items. Keep the receipt to prove the donation, particularly if you give up large and expensive items, like a vehicle or furniture.
- Don’t Pay for Boxes:
Stores and moving companies charge excessively high prices for boxes – so before you buy, try to get free boxes first. Ask friends and family, check with your employer and look on sites like craigslist or nextdoor to see if any of your neighbors are giving away boxes for cheap or free. Also, ask local businesses, like liquor stores or grocery stores, if they are willing to give you their empty boxes. If you’re patient enough to do some searching, you’re likely to save yourself a good amount of dough.
- Research Your Move Options:
As a general rule, it is far more cost effective to rent a moving truck and move your items personally rather than hire a moving company. You can still hire laborers to help with the heavy lifting for a fraction of the cost of a full-service haul from point A to point B.
If you’re moving cross-country, it may be beneficial for you to hire a service like PODS or their many competitors. These companies bring storage containers to your house that you load at your convenience. Then, they will transport them to your destination and will store them for you. When you’re ready to move into your new place, they’ll bring your stuff to you and you can unload it at your own pace. The service is super convenient – and by only having to sign up for one service, rather than paying for movers, a truck, and storage in multiple cities – you can save a good amount of green.
If you take the time to research your options and you’re patient enough to partially fund your move by selling what you don’t plan to keep, you can reduce your moving expenses significantly!
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