It’s been quiet here because we’ve been busy with the new townhouse and we had guests in town this weekend. This past Friday we moved into our new place and we’re loving it so far. We’ve been working hard to get this feeling more like our home than just an all white generic house on the block.
I’m proud to say it does feel more comfy and while we’ve had to spend some money doing it, we’ve also saved quite a bit of money by being frugal. Where did we spend? Where did we save?
Moving Tip #1 – Painting Supplies and Tools
We wanted to paint the place before we got the big furniture in so we had a painting party and invited some of our friends. We’re fortunate that some not only volunteered their time, but also their painting supplies and tools. It helped us significantly and we were very grateful for their help.
Here’s a breakdown of what we bought and what we borrowed:
- Paint: We picked out the paints at Sherwin Williams and Lowe’s.
- Brushes and rollers: Our friends provided the rollers and brushes, we just had to buy
- Trays: Friends provided these as well. We just have to return them clean.
- Painting extension pole: This helpful tool was loaned to us by a friend.
- Hammer and screwdrivers: We already had a tool kit that we’ve used for small repairs around the apartment.
- Drop cloth:Again, friends helped with this and it has definitely been helpful.
- Paint Can Opener: We grabbed this at Lowe’s for 35 cents.
Moving Tip #2- Paying for Movers?
This wasn’t something we took lightly. Our first instinct was having some friends and family over to help us move, but after looking at the amount of work and the time needed to coordinate it, we went with movers. We were moving from a 3rd floor apartment and going to a 3 floor townhouse.
The moving company was charging $100/hr so we knew our goal was to minimize the time needed to move. We went ahead the night before and we boxed and disassembled everything we could before they came. We were also grateful that the new place was less than 10 miles away, so the commute between places was going to eat up a lot of time.
I’m happy to say that the movers came and worked quickly to load, transport, and unload our stuff. It took them 2 1/2 to get everything in place, which was much less than what it would’ve taken us based on our previous move.
Moving Tip #3 -Blinds & Curtains at Lowe’s
We decided against bundling the blinds with buying the place because, like the other options, it seemed over priced. We went down to Lowe’s to get some blinds for the house.
We kept our curtains from the apartment for the office and guest room. The good news is since we have neutral colors for the curtains, we have some more options on what to paint the rooms. We’re also looking at ways to re purpose some things to cut costs on decorating.
Moving Tip: What about You?
Do you have any moving tips? What expenses did you splurge on? Where did cut back and save money?
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