How to Move and Save Money While Doing it
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Moving is one the most stressful times in someone’s life. Your whole way of life is changing; upheaval of family can be taxing enough. Add to that, the costs of moving; moving can be an expensive venture, especially if you do not take the time to plan. This is true for any move, even local, but even more so if you are moving out of state.
Planning ahead is the key to alleviating the stress of a move. It will not eliminate all the stress associated with moving but it will go a long way to allowing you to deal with the most emotional aspects of moving.
Start Packing and Organizing Right Away
Whatever you do, do not wait until the last week or two before the move to start packing. More often than not, people know they are moving months in advance. As soon as you know that you are moving, you need to start organizing and packing. Determine what you will not need during the last few months of your stay and put them away in boxes and totes. Speaking of boxes, rather than buy new boxes, look for used ones at retail stores, and ask around; people always have boxes. Remember, there is no such thing as too many boxes. Too many boxes are better than too few.
If you leave your packing until the last moment, you may run out of time. If you run out of time, you may need to hire people to come and help and that is money that could be spent on other important items.
Consider a Moving Company
Yes, this may not seem frugal, but if you are moving, especially out of state, you should consider hiring a moving company to pick up and drop your things. Sure, you could rent a truck and do it yourself, but at Frugal Rules, not only do we help you be careful with how you spend your money, we want to help you spend your energy on things that are important to you. When you rent a truck, you need to buy insurance, fuel, and spend your own time moving when you should be focusing your energy on something else.
Breaking down the costs and benefits, hiring a moving company does not cost much more than moving yourself and you save yourself some backbreaking work. Be careful when searching for a mover; look for credible companies. Companies like Allied have been around for a long time and many customers become clients based on their good reputation.
Moving companies are also less likely to break your things. I remember my last move when I broke my all-in-one computer. Oops.
Get Rid of Stuff You Do Not Use
Many people have something tucked away in their basement/attic that they have not seen for years and it has moved with them since they can remember. Maybe, it is time to consider getting rid of it. Be truthful with yourself; do you honestly plan on using or displaying it? If you cannot see yourself doing that, donate it, or sell it.
Keeping things that you never use or display just adds cost to your move unnecessarily. If you donate it, you save money and if you sell it, that is money you can put towards moving and other expenses. You win both ways. Stockpiling things has its place but when it comes to moving you may be better off getting rid of it; Frugal Rules wrote about the times being too frugal can cost you.
Change Your Address
The moment you know your new address, you need to contact the postal service to start mail forwarding. USPS allows you to indicate the day you need them to start. If you wait until your moving date gets closer, you are more likely to forget and you run the risk of missing out on important mail.
Book a Cheap Hotel/Stay with Friends
Few people are able to immediately move into their new place after leaving their old home so they need a place to stay in the meantime. As soon as you know you are moving, start looking for inexpensive places to stay while you wait to move into your new place. For some this means a cheap hotel; for others, you may already have friends and family who can take for you in for a couple days. Waiting until the last minutes increases the risk of having to pay to stay somewhere you cannot afford.
Do Not Procrastinate
The key to saving money on a move is to plan ahead and not wait until the very last moment. Waiting will cost you more cash than you are probably willing or able to spend. Planning ahead will save you money and that is what we are all about.
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