The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.
Moving to a new location, whether out of town or across the country, can be very expensive. However, there are many ways to save money and make the move more enjoyable.
Dispose of unnecessary items
You don’t realize just how many things you accumulate over the years. If you haven’t cleaned out your basement, attic, or garage for several years, now is the time to go through these areas of your home and start the process of disposing of unnecessary items. Many people store things away thinking that someday they will find a use for them, but if you are moving, reducing the piles of things collected over the years will help to save you a lot of money. You can ask family members if they want any of the items first and then toss or sell the rest.
Host a yard sale
Having a yard sale is a great way to not only lighten your load but also to bring in some extra cash to help offset the total cost of the move. Set up some tables on your front lawn and post signs to attract attention. Many people look for bargains on things like children’s clothing, furniture and accessories, tools, artwork, tables, and collectibles.
Decide whether to rent a truck or hire a moving company
The biggest decision you need to make is whether to rent a truck and drive yourself or use a moving company. There are pros and cons to both. With moving companies, you don’t have to worry about possible damage caused by the drive or storage of your items. You also don’t have to lift heavy things in and out of a truck or organize them so they fit. On the downside, you do have to have everything in order and ready to go when they get there and you will have to wait at the other end for your things to arrive. If you decide to drive yourself, you can work on your own schedule, but you’ll have to do the lifting and unpacking, as well as the driving, on your own.
Take only what you really want
Everything you bring will take up space on the truck. So whether you choose to drive or hire movers you’re still going to face the same dilemma, deciding on what to bring. Family heirlooms, your furniture and basic clothing and supplies should be the things you focus on. Anything beyond that, you really should think whether you really want it. Because once you get to the other end, you’re going to have to find a place for it.
Pack up ahead of time
Once you get a definitive date scheduled for your move, it’s time to start slowly packing up your things so that you don’t do a mad dash at the end to get it all done. Packing takes time. You want everything neat, organized and identified so that when you get to your new home you can put the boxes in the room where they belong and then start to unpack. If things are a mess from the start, you’re going to have a difficult time at your new place.
If you decide to use a moving company, you can still save money by using your own packing supplies and packing the boxes yourself. Companies do have a certain requirement for how many boxes you can have, as well as their sizes. Just make sure to follow the guidelines. Purchasing the boxes and packing up on your own can save you hundreds on your move.
Moving to a new home is exciting. You get to meet new people and experience a new way of life. If you plan ahead and declutter your home prior to packing, you’ll save money and have room for all the new things you’ll want to buy for your new home.