Moving is never fun. Sure, the end result – getting to live in a new house – is fun, but the process of actually moving all of your stuff from one place to another can be a serious hassle.
Whether you are moving just across town or all the way across the country, you certainly want to do your best to save money during this process. By planning ahead carefully and always keeping your budget in mind, you should be able to complete your move without totally blowing the budget.
Below are four tips that should help you save big bucks on moving costs.
Don’t Buy Boxes
Yes, you are going to need boxes in order to complete your move, but you most likely will not need to buy them. Many people make the mistake of rushing out to buy a package of boxes when they decide to move, only to learn later that they could have found them for free.
A quick call to several friends or family members is likely to earn you many boxes that your friends and family will be happy to get out of their garage. If you don’t find as many boxes as you need by calling around to people you know, check with local retail stores – they frequently have boxes just sitting in the back waiting to be thrown out.
Do Everything Yourself
If you are only moving a short distance – and you have access to a truck – you may be able to complete the moving process yourself. Even if you can’t move everything yourself, you should work on moving as much of your stuff as possible without the help of a professional mover. National moving companies, while useful, can raise your costs.
It will take a little sweat to handle this challenging job on your own, but you will be glad you did when you check your bank account at the end of the day.
Have a Yard Sale
Before you move, plan a garage or yard sale to get rid of some things that you don’t want anymore. Not only will this save you the time and effort of having to move the items to your new house, it will also help you raise a little bit of money along the way. If you would prefer not to have an actual garage sale in front of your home, you could look into selling items online instead.
Borrow a Truck Instead of Renting
If you don’t own a truck, ask around among friends and family to see if anyone has a truck that you can borrow before you go out to rent one. Of course, it would be nice to at least buy dinner for someone who has allowed you to borrow their truck – but that is still going to cost far less than a rental. Also, the truck owner may even be willing to help pitch in with the work, allowing you to save even more over the cost of a professional moving team.
Have you used any of these tips to save on moving costs? Can you think of any other ways to save on moving costs?
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