If you are preparing to relocate to a new home and are tallying up the costs associated with your move, you may understandably be floored by the total cost. Everything from deposits on your new home and utilities re-connection fees to moving supplies, a rental truck and more can cost a small fortune. Many people live on a tight budget, and finding a way to pay these additional expenses in your budget can be stressful. The good news is that you can reduce your project’s cost and relocate to your new home on a dime by following a few helpful tips.
Clean out Your Home before You Pack
It is wise to clean out your drawers, closets and cabinets before you start packing boxes. You may have an extensive number of items that you no longer need or want. Packing these items can waste time and supplies, and it may also mean that you need to rent a larger and more expensive truck. A smart idea is to donate unwanted items to charity for a tax deduction.
Eliminate Furnishings you No Longer Need
Each home has a unique size and layout. While there may be room in your current space for all of your belongings, the size and shape differences in the new home may not be sufficient for all of the items you currently own. It is wise to determine the exact placement of each item in your new home before you move. If you plan to get rid of any items, do so before you move. This can prevent you from paying unnecessarily for the relocation of those items.
Get Free Moving Supplies
Boxes, wrapping paper and tape are among the most common supplies you will need to use to pack up your belongings. These items can cost a substantial amount of money and the good news is that you may be able to obtain free supplies from various locations. For example, if a friend recently moved, he or she may be willing to give you some items. In some cities, recycling centers offer free moving boxes. Take time to research all options available in your city so that you can take advantage of all free supplies available.
Rent the Right Size of Moving Truck
Many who are eager to save money on a move will pack up their truck on their own rather than hire movers. This can be exhausting and time-consuming, but it can save you hundreds of dollars or more. However, you will still need to rent a truck to complete the effort. Compare truck rental rates, and estimate the right size of a truck to rent with accuracy based on the number of items you own.
Pack Your Truck with Efficiency in Mind
Understanding how to pack a moving truck can also help you to save money. This can help you to avoid paying for unnecessary mileage by having to make two or more trips in the truck. It can also help you to avoid renting a truck that is far too large for your needs. Load your largest and heaviest items in the truck first, running them long-ways in the truck. Use pads to protect them, and place lighter items on top. Stack items to the top of the truck if possible to maximize every inch of the space.
Packing and moving is rarely a fast or easy process, and it often is also not cheap. Financial stress can run high during a move because of all of the different expenses that you are responsible for. By focusing on these money-saving tips, you can more reduce your moving expenses to enjoy substantial savings.