If you’re like many people then the thought of moving can make you feel anxious. After all, there are many things to get done at both your current residence and at your new place as well as many expenses to cover along the way. However, if you create an extensive list of everything you need to take care of and are willing to do some of the work on your own, you’ll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when you cross off the last item off the list.
Purge Before Contacting the Movers
Everything you take with you is going to add to the cost of your move. Before contacting the movers to get a quote, purge your home and get rid of anything you no longer need or want. If you have other items that are older and you’re on the fence about whether to keep them or not, give these items a day or two before you make your final decision. Decluttering your home is a win across the board. It reduces the cost of the move and gives you several options for removing the items you don’t want. You can either sell them through a listing in the local paper or online, give these items away to family and friends, or donate them.
Hiring a moving company is the biggest expense during your move, and since there are so many to choose from, it can also cost you the most stress. Since everything you own will be in someone else’s hands, it’s important to do a thorough search to find the right company. If you are clueless, talk to co-workers, family members and friends to see if they have any first-hand experience with companies such as North American Van Lines as this helps to give you an idea of what to expect.
Best Times to Move
If you are fortunate enough to select any day of the year for your move, make it during their off-season, anytime between October and March. And, if possible plan the move for a weekday. While rates will fluctuate from one company to another, the peak season and weekends for any one of them will cost you much more money.
Cleaning Up Your Home
Whether you are currently renting an apartment or a home or selling your existing home, you will need to leave the place in tip-top condition. In order to save time and money, you should make a list of all the cleaning supplies you will need ahead of time. This gives you the ability to shop around for the best prices and use coupons for services required such as painters and carpeting cleaners. A few dollars here and there can really add up to a lot of savings.
A part of your comprehensive list includes setting up your new home. Scheduling to having your utilities and cable service on prior to your actual move-in date will make it easier when you finally arrive. Sometimes getting a tech out to hook up things like your gas, water or electric can take a week or two. This is where planning in advance really pays off. If you are moving to a new area out of state, you can check with the old owners or your realtor to find out which companies are the best. Then you can follow up to see if any offer multiple services, like both the gas and electric or cable, phone and internet services bundled together. In most cases, having these services bundled can get you a discounted rate monthly.
Packing is an important step in the moving process and one that you should do earlier instead of last minute. The more stuff you have the more packing supplies you’ll need, which translates into more money. A way to avoid racking up a large bill on things you will only dispose of on the other end is to look for ways to get most of your supplies for free. For example, boxes can cost a couple of dollars each. If you need 100 boxes in total you’re talking about three, four or even five hundred dollars. Instead of spending even a penny, contact your local liquor or grocery stores. In most cases, they will be happy to unload them. Use linens, washcloths, socks, and newspaper to insulate furniture, glassware, collectibles, and jewelry. And, use a sharpie black marker to identify the room that the contents belong.
Moving doesn’t have to make you anxious and cause you to lose sleep. If you plan everything in advance you can save on everything from the cleanup to the actual move and beyond.