Moving on a Budget

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Moving requires a lot of time and energy, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are things you must purchase in order to make your move successful, but focus on some key tips and tricks in order to keep the cost as low as possible.

Research Professionals

  • • Do your homework before you decide to do it yourself or hire professionals.
  • • Depending on the time of year and length of move, you may be able to hire a professional moving company to assist you
  • • It is good practice to collect at least three quotes and compare and contrast prices for services. If you are moving during the fall or winter months, movers are more likely to negotiate prices as this is their off-season in most places.
  • • If you are unable to hire movers for the entire task, consider hiring them for only part of your move. Think about how their help would best utilized, i.e. unloading at your new location.

Decide to DIY

  • • If you decide to go the DIY route, be sure to plan your move accordingly. You will want to optimize your time and money by moving during off hours to avoid rush hour.
  • • Depending on the time of year and length of move you may be able to hire a professional moving company to assist you
  • • Another way to cut costs when you’re doing it yourself is to collect recycled boxes. Buying boxes is easy and convenient but can cost almost $2/box depending on the size. Find boxes from friends, family, or your local stores; most often you can stop into retailers and they will gladly give you boxes for free.

Ditch the Excess

  • • It is also a good idea to ditch anything that you don’t use anymore. Packing lighter will most definitely save on your cost and effort.
  • • If you haven’t used it in the last year it might be a good idea to donate it. This can be a very rewarding experience as you are giving back and getting a fresh start.
  • • If your bookshelf is more than 80 percent full, perhaps it’s time to make a donation to your local library. However, if they are books that you just can’t part with, then consider sending them via the United States Postal Service media mail. This option is very affordable and eases you having to load/unload them.

The best thing to remember is to not get overwhelmed by the task at hand. Take it step by step and you’ll be settled into your new home before you know it.

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