Moving from one state to another can be quite exciting, but it can just be as equally stressful and costly, which is why it wouldn’t hurt to consider ways to save money and cut expenses when you’re moving to your new place.
Get Rid of Clutter
Only bring what’s necessary. You might say that a few trinkets won’t cost much, but a few small items here and there can accumulate and would be quite costly to move. As such, it’s essential for you to sort the essentials properly, and then get rid of the rest. You can gift or donate items with sentimental value to friends and relative — people that you know would appreciate or take care of these items. The rest, you can sell online, through a garage sale, or through flea markets, then use the proceeds for your move. You wouldn’t only end up with fewer items to bring (and lesser cost to move), but you might even make some cash.
Furniture: Be Smart About What You’ll Be Bringing
At this point, it’s safe to assume that you’ve already have sorted out which items you’ve decided to bring along to your new home. And there’s a big chance that you’ve chosen a few bulky pieces of furniture to bring along such as beds, cabinets, and the like which you feel would be quite expensive to buy at your new place. But, you have to consider the cost of handling and transporting these heavy pieces of equipment if they’re worth the trouble and money to bring along. It’s entirely possible that the old cabinet you have would cost more in terms of transporting and handling than it is to buy a new one.
Consider Professional Movers
If you’re trying to save up on cash for the move, one thing you might have ruled out is hiring professional movers and decided just to rent a moving truck to drive yourself and transport your stuff across the state. But if you think it over, there’s a significant risk when moving your furniture and appliances by yourself: there’s a bigger likelihood of you injuring yourself when handling heavy items as well as potentially damaging these items during transit or handling due to lack of preparation or moving equipment. In a more practical sense, if you’re able to take advantage of seasonal discounts, negotiations, and thoroughly combing through moving your options, you can end up hiring cross-country long distance movers that are considerably affordable or have minimal price difference as when compared to hauling these items and driving the moving truck by yourself.
Check If Your Employer Can Assist You
If you’re moving out due to a career opportunity, try to ask if it’s possible for them to cover some of the costs of the move. Some companies do have moving policies or relocation benefits that you can take advantage of to cut the costs of moving.
Bonus: For Library Owners
Books can be quite bulky and difficult to move, but it’s also hard to part with your library. Luckily, you can take advantage of the U.S. Postal Service’s ‘Media Mail’ which allows you to send books as well as other educational materials such as CDs and DVDs, and printed music at very low prices. Just take note that there are restrictions as to what’s considered as ‘educational materials’.
Moving can be expensive, but with these economic tips and options, it doesn’t have to be. So if you’re about to move soon, it’s best to start taking the necessary steps to minimize your luggage and items to bring, as well as to find other ways you can cut costs.