If you’re excited about relocating to a new property, the great news is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune in order to safely move all of your belongings to your new home.
If you’re keen to save as much money as possible on your upcoming move, simply continue reading in order to discover a wide variety of effective moving tips which will help you move on a limited budget.
1. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need Before Moving
There’s no point moving heavy items which you no longer use to your new home. Instead, it’s a great idea to sort through all of your belongings, in order to get rid of bulky items such as unwanted furniture, kitchen appliances and sports equipment before you move. It’s also a great idea to get rid of any clothing or books which you no longer require.
Remember that the fewer items and boxes which you transport to your new home, the less money you’ll spend to complete your move. As an example, if you plan to hire professional movers, you may not have to pay your chosen movers to pack your belongings if you’re able to pack up your items yourself. Instead you’ll only have to pay your movers to transport your furniture and boxes from your current home to your new home. Alternatively, if you plan to rent a moving vehicle you may be able to get away with renting a smaller, cheaper vehicle if you get rid of items which you never use.
If you’re interested in getting rid of your clutter, you may want to donate your unwanted items to a charity store or to sell your items at a yard sale. If you have high value items which you’d like to sell in order to fund your move, it’s well worth listing your items for sale online. Alternatively, some of your friends and family members may be interested in your preloved items.
2. Organize Your Belongings Before Moving
You’ll find it far easier to unpack your belongings once you’ve arrived at your new home, if you make the effort to properly organize and pack your belongings before your scheduled moving date. When it comes to packing items, try to pack similar items in the same boxes and to label the top of each box with a list of contents.
For example, if you pack all of your small kitchen appliances into three boxes use a marker to specify which kitchen appliances have been packed in which box. It’s also a wise idea to write down the intended room of each box, to speed up the process of unpacking once you’ve arrived at your new home.
3. Do It Yourself Instead of Hiring a Moving Company
Instead of hiring professional movers, you can opt to complete your upcoming move yourself. As all you’ll need are moving boxes, protective foam pellets or bubble wrap for your delicate items and a moving vehicle. If you want to save hundreds of dollars, opting to move without a moving company is definitely a cheap way to move.
Just be sure to safely pack items which could break, before your scheduled move and that all of your furniture and boxes are properly secured in your moving vehicle before you start driving. As the last thing that you want is for your items to be damaged during transit. Especially if you’re planning a cross country move.
4. Borrow or Rent a Moving Vehicle
If you’re keen on the idea of moving house without hiring a moving company you may need to borrow or rent a suitable moving vehicle. Before you rent a vehicle it’s a great idea to see if you can borrow a large vehicle such as a van or a pick up truck, from a friend, family member or colleague. As by borrowing a vehicle instead of renting a vehicle you’ll be able to drastically reduce your moving costs.
If no one is able to offer you a suitable vehicle, it’s well worth trying to plan out your move so that you’ll be able to complete your move in half a day. As it’s far cheaper to rent a moving vehicle for half a day, than to hire a moving vehicle for a full day.
5. Ask Friends and Family Members for Help
In order to save yourself a lot of time and energy, be sure to ask your friends and family members for help. As an example, instead of making several trips between your current property and your new property, you may want to ask a few friends to load up their cars with your moving boxes. So that you’ll only have to drive from your current home to your new home once.
Alternatively, if you have a large vehicle to move your belongings, you may only need help packing your household items and loading up your chosen vehicle.
If you have friends or family members who have moved homes without hiring professional movers, it’s well worth asking them to help you with your move. As they will have picked up useful tips and tricks which will ensure that your move will go as smoothly as possible. For example, they may have learned how to stop boxes from moving around your vehicle or how to roll your clothes so that you can fit more clothes into each box.
6. Ask for Quotes From a Few Moving Companies
It’s a wise idea to request quotes for your upcoming move from a variety of moving companies. Especially if you’re looking for the cheapest way to move across the country. As you’ll be surprised at how much prices for moving services between the same destinations can vary from company to company.
Once you’ve compiled a short list of possible cheap moving companies, make sure to look for reviews on each company to ensure that you select a reputable company. As it’s important to select a company which you can trust to deliver your items to your new home in perfect condition.
So if you’re looking forward to your next big move and would love to be able to complete your move without spending a small fortune, it’s definitely well worth using the moving tips listed above to your advantage. Especially if it’s been a long time since your last move or you’re interested in facilitating your move without hiring the services of a moving company.