Moving can be a lot of things: stressful, exhausting, fun and exciting. But most of all, it can be expensive! Between packing supplies and cleanings, opening utility accounts and putting down security deposits, it doesn’t take much to blow a modest moving budget.
However, there are ways to keep your budget in check. Use these seven strategies to mitigate the cost of your next move!
Meet the Terms of Your Current Lease
One of the easiest ways to reduce the overall cost of your move is to abide by the terms of your current lease. So as not to incur any charges upon moving out, be sure to give the appropriate “notice to vacate” (usually 60 days), restore the unit to its original condition, and make any necessary replacements and repairs before inspection day. Stained carpets, broken blinds, holes in the wall and dirty appliances are the main culprits for move-out charges, so be sure those things are all clean and in good condition.
Cleanings and Repairs
Moving is a busy and stressful and an exhausting time, so you may not feel like cleaning or attending to the repairs and may skip them altogether. Not only can fines for unattended maintenance items add up, but hiring professionals to do the job can also be a major expense.
to make sure that your current unit is in tip-top shape, allow at minimum a day or two to do your own cleaning, repainting and minor repairs. A few hours of your time can result in significant cost savings.
Pack and Move Yourself
Hiring professional movers certainly makes a move easier, but the cost is usually unnecessary for short-distance moves. When possible, pack and move yourself, and ask friends to help when necessary.
If loading and driving a truck yourself isn’t feasible or practical (like in cross-country moves with a lot of stuff), consider packing boxes yourself and then hiring professionals to load and drive the truck. The cost savings on packing materials and packer hours alone can be significant!
Use Inexpensive Packing Supplies
New, sturdy boxes should always be used for fragile and valuable items, as well as items that will travel long distances on a truck. But for unbreakable items (e.g., clothes, toys and books) and short-distance moves, consider utilizing luggage, clothes hampers, large rubber Maid containers, baskets to pack and transport items. Instead of expensive packaging bubble paper, use newspaper, sheets, towels, fabric, blankets and clothes to protect fragile items.
Also, You can get free moving boxes at UHaul. They have a section of ‘used’ boxes which are every bit as good as used boxes from your friends. Selection will vary by store.
If you do need boxes, ask big-box and grocery stores for any you can have for free. Just be sure they are sturdy, clean and usable!
Bring As Much As You Can
Much of the cost of moving comes from setting up a new place. From re-stocking your pantry and refrigerator to buying new cleaning supplies, trash cans and more, it can require a full paycheck just to get your new rental livable.
To cut cost, bring as much as you can from your previous place. If doing a door-to-door move, bring everything with you, including the condiments from the refrigerator! If embarking on a cross-country move, still bring as much as you can.
If you decide to get rid of items as you are moving, as yourself, Have I used this item in the past year? If not it may be time to donate it, throw it away or give it away to friends or family.
Furnish on a Budget
When you move into a fresh new space, it can be fun to implement every idea you see on Pinterest in an effort to make your home “yours.” However,home decor and accessories add up quicker than anything else! Before running out and redecorating, get creative with what you have first. Re purpose items, change the look that you are used to see, or give things a makeover that will change their function.
You may eventually need to buy new things for your space, so shop thrift stores, Craigslist and local Buy/Sell/Trade pages first. Lastly, don’t feel like you have to buy everything within the first month
Try schedule your relocation after peak moving season.
Most people choose to move in the summer months, when the kids are out of school. The least expensive time of the year to move is between October and April, so if it’s possible to postpone your move, you could save some money