If you have plenty of quality ingredients, it’s easy to prepare a delicacy. To achieve a success when the available resources are insufficient, however, requires a masterful approach and first-class skills. When moving house without being strapped for cash, you may still experience much of the stress and chaos typically associated with the relocation process but having to move on a really tight budget is such a great challenge that the mere prospect of it may cause a panic attack. And indeed, moving your entire household involves not only careful planning and impeccable organization but also providing for a large variety of obvious and hidden moving expenses. However, you have a fair chance to find the right way out of this financially draining labyrinth if you adopt an artful relocation strategy and resort to some proven money-saving tricks.
Create a moving budget
Having a clear idea of the probable moving expenses will help you make important decisions and take adequate measures to reduce the overall cost of your relocation, as well as to avoid common moving mistakes and unpleasant financial surprises. To cut down on your moving costs you are advised to stick to the following plan:
Get several binding estimates and compare the offered rates and services
Request on-site estimations by several reputable movers to get factual information about the approximate relocation expenses optimized for your particular needs. Be very specific about your requirements and preferences and ask about all the factors and aspects that could influence the final cost. The company’s rate is, of course, of primary importance but you need to take into consideration all the charges for any other necessary/desired extra services, such as packing, disassembly of furniture, temporary storage, etc. Learn how the different companies resolve disputes and claims, pay attention to the available insurance plans and provide adequate protection for your items. Compare the received offers in search of a favorable balance between quality services and reasonable prices and don’t let yourself be fooled into choosing a surprisingly good offer – you will be probably rushing into moving scam! Make sure your chosen movers are legitimate (check their USDOT number) and read online reviews to see if their previous customers have been satisfied by their services.
Limit the extra services
The fewer extra services you require from your movers, the less you will be charged. So, try to do by yourself whatever you can and prepare everything properly in advance – pack your personal possessions yourself, reserve elevators and parking spots, create a floor plan, get your new home ready in time to avoid storage, etc.
You can even go to the length of performing a DIY move in an attempt to save some much needed money. If you are moving short distance and have reliable friends to help you, relocating by yourself can work just fine for you. Of course, there will be various expenses, such as renting a truck and proper moving equipment, paying for fuel, road tolls and parking permits, buying insurance, providing packing materials and so on, but they should be lighter on your budget than hiring moving services.
Decide on a beneficial moving date
It is no secret that moving on a weekday in the middle or the second half of a month during the off-peak season is considerably cheaper. If possible, be flexible and schedule your move properly and early enough, taking advantage of the discounts available when relocating between September and May.
Move only valuable items – whether their value is practical, aesthetic or sentimental
Don’t be tempted to pack and move all your belongings – not all your household items are worth the efforts, the time and the money required for taking them to your new home.
Sort out your possessions
Your old property is probably cluttered with a number of items you don’t need or like any more. Besides, for a variety of reasons you may not be able to use some of your belongings in your new environment, so moving them will be just a waste of time and money. You are recommended to get rid of everything damaged or too worn out and to put aside items in good condition that you will not use ever again. Then, you can proceed to carefully packing your other possessions.
Exchange unwanted items for cash
Instead of burdening your moving truck and your moving finances with items of dubious future use, why not make some profit out of them? Organize a moving sale or sell your well-preserved belongings online to pocket some extra cash and breathe a sigh of financial relief. A good advertising technique and some small efforts to make your sale attractive will pay you off with a swollen purse – more resources for your imminent relocation.
Get free packing supplies
Boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap may not be pricey but such small details add up quickly to the larger picture and incur further moving expenses. You can borrow packing materials in good condition from friends and colleagues who have recently moved, you can obtain boxes for free from local businesses or you can substitute padding materials with old towels, sheets and blankets, etc.
Plan carefully ahead to prevent accidents resulting in property damage or injuries and to avoid rookie mistakes that can cost you dearly (such as moving/buying furniture that doesn’t fit through the door of your new home, for example). If you are creative and prudent enough, your successful and economical move will be genuinely envied!