Moving into a new residence can be pricey, for sure. Purchasing moving boxes, hiring a moving team, renting a truck, and paying for gas during the relocation – settling into your new digs can put some strain on your checkbook.
However, there are some ways to get around the rising costs of moving. Below are some tips on how to save money on your next move.
Collect Moving Boxes to Save on Packing Costs
While the cost for moving boxes and packing tape may seem minimal, the expenses certainly add up quickly. If you are moving your entire home, you would need dozens of moving boxes, mattress covers, and plastic wrap to protect your items.
A few weeks before your big move, start collecting large cardboard boxes from your local grocers or even office place. Many businesses regularly give away old boxes for free to people who are relocating.
Boxes of all sizes come in handy and are easy to transport. Reusing cardboard boxes is also environmentally friendly and will help to cut down on some of the waste associated with relocation.
One of the items that some people like to protect are their mattresses. If you visit any moving store, mattress bags and covers can cost anywhere from $5 to $10. Instead, put a fitted sheet that you already own on both sides of the mattress so it is completely covered from any debris.
Hire Friends and Family to Help Move You
One of the priciest parts of moving is driving from your former residence to the new one. You may have all of your contents packed in a box, but the drive may cost you a fortune. Instead, see if any of your close friends and family members are available to pack their trunks and deliver a load or two. Whether they own a sedan or an SUV, a large number of boxes can be transported.
The average costs of renting a moving truck can vary, but employing your friends and relatives will be much cheaper. Extend an invitation to lunch or dinner after the move for their gracious help. It will be a great way to start your new chapter as you get settled into your new abode.
Boost Relocation Funds With a Garage Sale
Often times, when you’re packing up your house, you’ll come across boxes and bags full of items you don’t want to take to your next home. Instead, hold a garage sale to get rid of your unwanted items and make a little money on the side.
If you have items that you think won’t sell, why not donate the rest to your local charity? Any organization will gladly accept your gently used items. Hold on to the receipt of the donation as it can oftentimes count as a write-off when you file the next year’s taxes.
Going though relocation can be a bit stressful and hurt your wallet, but there are a few ways to get around the costs. What are you doing to cut costs during your move?