Residential Moving Tips: How to Move on a Budget
Moving into a new home can be a fun and exciting experience. Yet, when you have a tight budget, you may start to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to alleviate this stress by using these residential moving tips!
- Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Before you start packing, it is helpful to go through your belongings. Most of us accumulate stuff we no longer need or want. It makes no sense to move these items because it only increases the cost of the move.
For items that have value, consider selling them using a local selling site, like Craigslist. You could also have a moving sale. You can use the money you earn to help pay for the move. Afterward, if you have items left over that didn’t sell, donate them to a local charity.
- Ask Local Stores for Free Boxes
You can ask your grocer, favorite retailer, and other stores for shipping boxes. Many stores are happy to supply you with these, as it saves them the time of breaking them down and recycling them. You can also ask any of your neighbors who recently moved in if you can have their moving boxes and packing materials when they are done unpacking.
- Be Creative with Packing Materials
You can use thick bath towels, hand towels, comforters, blankets, sweatshirts, and hoodies as padding when packing delicate and fragile items. Another option is to ask local businesses if they have any packing materials they don’t want when you ask for free boxes.
- Ask Your Employer for Boxes and Packing Materials
If your employer frequently receives shipments of goods, check with your mailroom to see if they can save boxes and packing materials you can use for your move. Just keep in mind, your employer may be willing to let you borrow what you need but might request you return boxes and materials after your move.
- Host a Packing Party
Packing yourself helps save money on your move. One way to get things packed quickly is to host a packing party and invite friends over to help. Have some pizzas delivered and make it a fun afternoon or evening.
- Forgo a DIY Move
One of the more common mistakes people make when they are on a budget is considering a DIY move. There are many costs you have to take into account, such as:
- Cost of the Rental Truck
- Cost of the Fuel
- Mileage Cost
- Rental Truck Insurance
- Costs to Rent Moving Equipment
It is only later that they discover the costs for a DIY mover are often comparable to hiring a professional moving and storage company. In addition, you have to find people to help load and unload the truck. Not to mention, if you have heavy furniture and appliances, these can be very difficult to move on your own.
To request a free moving quote for your upcoming move, please feel free to contact the proud mover of the Chicago Cubs, Midway Moving & Storage, at (866) 693-4148 today!