Tips on Budgeting for an Upcoming Move
Moving can be quite stressful. Figuring out all the logistics, packing your belongings safely, then unpacking and arranging them is all quite time-consuming. Things get even tougher if you are moving across states or relocating abroad.
While most people can throw money at the problem and let all-in-one movers handle all the details, homeowners keen on keeping their budget within reasonable limits must plan and budget before hiring.
If this sounds like you, here are some tips on budgeting to help you keep your moving costs low.
Get Quotes From Multiple Movers
Shop around to get moving estimates from multiple companies before settling on a deal. Most people go with the first moving contractor because they are pressed for time. But the first choice isn’t always the best.
You can avoid this problem by planning. Start phoning around weeks or even months before your moving day. This will give you a good list of movers, their pricing plans, and work scope long before moving week.
The chances are high that you can get a better moving experience at considerably lower costs if you do an excellent job of comparing quotes.
Throw Away Some Stuff
You likely have many belongings in your home that you don’t need. A set of old speakers with a damaged driver, a coffee maker that you no longer use, a damaged spare tire for your car, etc.
When the odds of ever using an item in the future are low, paying to relocate it is a total waste of money. Instead, organize a garage sale, donate clothes that you no longer wear to Goodwill, or throw out damaged stuff that can’t be salvaged.
You want to make your overall load as light and compact as possible.
Don’t Spend Too Much on Boxes
Moving contractors will tell you how reliable their reinforced, three-ply boxes are at protecting your belongings. They will also advise you to buy them to keep your valuables safe during the move. They might be right in some cases, but still, these boxes don’t come cheap.
Our moving tips encourage you to be smart. Get cheaper or even free boxes from other places. Borrow boxes from friends, the workplace, or buy cheap used packaging boxes from your local store. And get in the habit of keeping the packaging boxes for electronics. Disassemble and flatten boxes for more accessible storage because they will come in handy.
If you need extra protection, you can always line the boxes for extra strength. But if you must buy a new moving box, get a good deal from a discount store.
Buy only the absolute minimum number of boxes you need to pack your most valuable belongings.
Don’t Forget to Transfer Your Utilities
Some utilities are transferable to your new residence; for others, you will have to plan.
Knowing the exact date that you will be leaving your old house allows you to see when you can cut those specific utilities and connect to the new ones at your new place.
Planning will help you work with your new utility providers to ensure that you don’t pull up to a cold and dark house.
Planning for and understanding your moving needs is the best way to ensure peace of mind during your move.
These tips on budgeting will help you to plan your final move date to make sure that it doesn’t coincide with the moving high season, which for most people is the convenience of summer.
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