At some point we all have to move. Be it getting married and time to merge households, or a new job across the country, or just a simple upgrade there is times in our life we need to pick up and move. Moving can be a stressful time for anyone. I do not think anyone enjoys moving. Not only can moving be stressful it can be down right expensive. It is not our mortgage or sometimes expensive rent that makes moving costs high, nor is it the sheer amount of stuff we posses, rather it is simply the simple costs of moving that can quickly add up. Here are some handy tips to help you trim down those expenses when it comes to moving.
Sell off excess possessions:
I have a general rule of the thumb when it comes time to move, and it is a simple rule that comes in handy in life and cuts down on unwanted possessions or things we truly do not need. The rule is simple: If you have not used or looked at an item in 18 months it is time for it to go. The exception being personal mementos and family heirlooms. If I have not used an item in 18 months out it goes to a garage sale, consignment shop or the goodwill. Old books I will never read again are often the first to go. You can even sell off old items well before your move, Ebay and Craigslist works wonders for this and will help line your pockets with cold hard cash that can defray the costs of moving, you can’t get much better than that. The less junk you have to move the less trips you need with a moving truck there by cutting down on costs.
Never Pay For Moving Boxes:
Places in my home city charge about 5 dollars per moving box. You should never ever have to pay that cost, even on short notice if you are crafty you can score all the free boxes you need. Supermarkets are an excellent source of free boxes, I have used that trick for every move by simply asking my local supermarket store manager. Liquor stores also get some very sturdy boxes since they are used to carry heavy liquor cases, and you can score these for free as well. Freecycle and Craigslist are also excellent sources of free boxes. If it is well before your move and your worried about your home becoming a mess with stored boxes fear not you can always take them apart and fold them up then use packing tape to reassemble them back to their proper box shape.
Try Not To Hire Movers:
Movers charge an arm and a leg. A good U-haul truck and some friends can do the trick, provided that you are not a serial mover and already tapped out this resource. Make an event of it, after the work some pizza, some beer and drinks in your new back yard will do the trick. This can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. If you do use friends make sure you know ahead of time what you want them to do, so the work flow goes smoothly.
Make sure you time the utility change correctly as many utilities require you to pay for a full month of service at a time. So if you can shut it off before you move do so, cable comes to mind here and land line telephones. Contact your utilities a month or more before your move date.
If stuck Hiring Movers:
If you are stuck with hiring movers make sure that you have as much done as possible before they arrive. This especially holds true if you are paying them by the hour. The quicker they are in and out the less you have to pay. Even if you are hiring them by the job, you do not want to drag out the moving process any longer than needed.
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