Are you two planning on a move soon? Whether your plan on doing it yourselves or hiring movers, you’re probably looking for ways to save.
How to Save Money with Moving
Here are some tips to reduce stress and keep more of your money in your wallet.
Unload your junk. Moving is a wonderful exercise to lose some extra baggage. Host a yard sale and earn some extra money or you can donate your goods. Remember to keep your receipts to use tax time when you claim deductions.
Grab as many free boxes as you can! $1-3 per box might sound like much, but when you’re talking about 100 of them for a typical move it can be a huge chunk of money. Check Freecycle and Craigslist’s Free for boxes. You can also check out retailers in your area. We found some great sturdy boxes for books from the liquor store (don’t judge!) and Dollar General.
If you do it yourself, spend $20 or so and get moving straps. It will save you time and your back with thank you for it.
Before you hire a mover, check their references and ratings. There are horror stories out there of mover breaking, damaging, or losing stuff. Protect yourself as much as possible and make sure it’s a reputable company that has insurance.
If you rent a truck, double check insurance coverage. Call your auto insurance company and see if they cover you. If not, go ahead and pay the extra fee to have some peace of mind.
You can use that money you save for other things like turning your next place from a house or an apartment into a home.
Thoughts on Moving on a Budget
I’d love to get your tips on moving. What has been a huge help for you? What tips have made things less stressful?
Since we’ve been married we’ve done a few moves, but this one was the most difficult. Moving with kids is so much more different than when it was just us.
Move Yourself or Hire Movers?
One of the first choices you make with move is deciding whether to do it yourself (with friends) or hire movers.
We’ve done both and have been happy.
If you’re thinking of a big move and can’t decide on which is the best option for you, here are some questions to chat about.
How far away are you moving? If you’re moving across the country and have an extremely tight schedule, you might want to go with movers.
How much stuff are you moving? What are you moving? Delicate and fragile items may push you towards getting professional movers.
How much help do you have? If you have an army of volunteers, you may find things can go pretty smooth doing it yourself.
What’s your budget? Finally you have to consider your budget.
With each of our moves we came up with a different answer.
Moving Things Ourselves
We decided for this move we were going to do it ourselves. As we reviewed those questions it made more sense to skip on movers this time.
We’re still in Raleigh, just closer to downtown. Renting a truck was fairly cheap for the weekend.
While we had some delicate items, for the most part, our stuff was pretty durable. The only items we were worried about were the desks and that was because of how we’d have to wind down the stairs with those large things.
Before we asked, friends volunteered to help out with packing, loading, and unloading our stuff. They were a huge help for us.
Finally looking at some repairs and fixing up we had planned during the initial move-in, our budget pushed us towards doing the move ourselves
Thoughts on Moving
I’d love to get your take on moving. What do you think – was hiring movers worth the cost or was doing it yourself the way to go?