So you have finally bought a house or apartment to move in to. You’ve been planning for the move and understandably so — moving can be both laborious and expensive. Still, moving is sometimes an essential part of life, but with the right motivations and with preparation, you can take some steps to move without spending an arm and a leg on relocation costs.
Ask for your company’s help
If your reason for moving is related to your work, then you have to inquire whether your employer offers any kind of relocation assistance or not. This can greatly save you money for moving and resettlement. Before taking any steps of your own, ask about this first.
Stock boxes ahead of time
If you’re aware of your moving date, start to stock up on packing materials as early as you can. This way, you won’t have to panic-buy boxes a few days before you have to leave. Every visit to the grocery store can be an opportunity to ask for heavy-duty boxes from customer service. Other materials worth saving in advance include bubble wrap and newspaper – you’ll need these for packing fragile and delicate items. Old linen such as blankets will do a good job on protecting furniture, too.
There’s nothing worse than rushing packing and moving. So, if you know you’re moving, begin a few weeks early. Write down the tasks that you need to accomplish and set (and follow!) a designated timeline for each. This helps you keep yourself organized. In addition, you’ll save yourself from the stress of cramming. Also, when you’re rushing, you’ll likely spend more money – out of the desire to get things done on schedule more than anything else.
Segregate and label your boxes properly
Label one box “Hold All” and another “Open First”.
For the former, keep your essentials (pens, scissors, paper, markers, medicine, toiletries, and important documents) – basically everything you need until the last minute before leaving. This way, you won’t have to buy new stuff because they’ve been packed away. This is the box you need to have with you at all times, so you can get your hands on the contents quickly whenever you need to.
The Open First box is for the things that you think you’ll need right away once you arrive in your new home. This may include kids’ toys, towels, toilet paper, coffee maker and cups, and other kitchen items.
Make sure that you properly label the rest of the boxes. Many get lazy along the way and would rather buy new stuff than go through labelling. You won’t have to make quick unnecessary purchases if you mark each box accordingly. As much as possible, limit the things that you throw into the Miscellaneous boxes – this is a sloppy technique more than anything.
Be an efficient cleaner
By that, we mean the home you’re leaving behind. A good technique is to immediately clean the area as you finish packing it. This is efficient and organized. Now, you won’t have to pay for professional cleaners to do the entire house once you’re about to move. Plus, if you’re counting on getting your security deposit back, leaving the house in good shape is very important.
Sell, donate, or throw away
Hoarding is only good in so few instances. For this reason, have a JUNK box near you at all times during the packing and cleaning stages. If you’re not comfortable throwing it all away completely, then you can hold a garage sale for the (functional) things you don’t want to take with you on your relocation. This will help you minimize the stuff you need to move, plus you can make a few bucks in the process.
Another option is to donate things like old clothing, books, toys, and furniture to thrift stores. Keep your donation receipt, too, because it’ll come in handy once tax season starts.
Find alternative storage solutions
In reference to treasured items, such as family heirlooms which may be too bulky to take with you but are too precious to throw, donate, or sell, there are other alternatives worth looking into. The first thing that comes to mind is to ask relatives or friends to keep and watch over them for the time being, until you are able to take them with you in your new settlement.
Another option is looking into low-cost storage facilities to keep your things. Just remember that if you’re renting a storage unit, leaving it without paying the fees can cause the amount you owe to grow exponentially large. You don’t want to come to collect your items only to be asked for thousands of dollars’ worth of monthly fees and penalties.
Book your own truck – but be smart about it
One way to make more savings is to hire your own truck. Do the packing and loading of the stuff on your own and haul it without assistance to your new home. Just make sure that you get the right size of truck. Underestimating can lead to bigger problems (and costs), because you may need to hire another vehicle or make more than one trip. Booking one that is too big, on the other hand, can be costly when it comes to gas and rental fees, too.
Don’t purchase anything until you’re all settled in
The idea of relocating can be exciting, and you may impulsively shop for things for the new home right away. Don’t rush into this. Pace yourself, let yourself relax and completely unpack all of your boxes. Sort through everything and list down anything you might be missing.
Once you’re 100% set up and you’ve gotten the chance to unwind, then you can go on and shop. This will save you from overspending – particularly on things you won’t need. During the first week in your new home, the only place you need to go to is the grocery store.
Relocating can be stressful for many, mostly because it requires a lot of money to be moved around. If you follow these tips, you can enjoy a hefty amount of savings (not just in cash, but in time and energy, too).
Do you have other tips on how to relocate without breaking your budget?
September 25, 2016