Is it time to start planning your move? Would it be easier (and cheaper) to pack and move yourself? Or would it be better to save time and headaches by hiring a moving company to help you? Whether you are relocating for your job, downsizing because the kids have left home, or moving into your first home; here are a few tips to help save money on a move.
Recycle boxes. Do you do online shopping or buy in bulk? Saving those boxes will keep your expenses low when it comes to packing up. From shoe boxes to reusable plastic storage bins, use them all for packing. Check with your local grocer on delivery days to see if they might be willing to part ways with the boxes.
Skip bubble wrap. There are plenty of ‘free’ newspapers out there, so pick up a few every time you visit the store. Don’t get carried away and swipe the whole stack. But a few here and there on your trips to the store will add up over time. Plus side, newspapers are much better for the environment that the plastic bubble wrap should it end up in the landfill.
Compare movers. Compare companies, look at the reviews, and gather referrals. Discuss their moving process and look at rates. Provide the company with all the necessary details about your move. Once you’ve decided on one, get them scheduled at least two weeks in advance to ensure a smooth and organized move.
Time to pack. You’ll save money by doing your own packing, that’s for sure, but do you have the time? Since you’ll be the one doing the unpacking more than likely, having it all organized is important. Label boxes so you’ll know what is in each box and avoid the guessing games. It’ll also be easier for either you or the movers to know which rooms the boxes should be placed. Unpacking made easier just by placing in the right room!
It’s moving time.
Now that you have carefully wrapped up all your valuable possessions, placed in boxes, and scheduled the movers it is time take a short breath before they arrive. Use this time to organize other moving necessities like meal prep, forwarding addresses, and setting up utilities.
If you or someone you know needs help buying or selling, these tips will come in handy but also give me a call! I have even more resources to help make the move easy.