It takes a lot of work to move. From packing to moving, then unloading. It never makes it easier when you see extra moving charges added. Although some charges are small, it could make the move end up costing a lot more than you originally expected. Fortunately, these unexpected costs can be avoided. Now you may be wondering, how can I move cheaply? In this article we are going to discuss how to move as effectively and inexpensively as possible. This can apply to those moving moving an office as well.
How Can I Move Cheaply?
1. Begin Early
The best time to start working on your move is as soon as you decide to move. Yes, you need to start your move prep even before you have secured housing and/or office space. Yes, even if you know you won’t be able to start scouting housing in the new town or neighborhood for another six months. Start doing your research now. Start collecting moving materials now. Most importantly, start sorting now (more on that in a minute).
2. Research Mode
There are two stages to moving research. The “I don’t have a clue when I’m moving” stage that helps you determine the foundation of your move and the “now I need to get my move going” stage when you know when and to where you’ll be moving.
I don’t have a clue when I’m moving:
You figured out that you need or want to move. Now is the time to research when is the best time to make your big move. During this stage, the best thing to do is research the place where you are moving to. Take a look at the average cost of living. Then, check out the prices/rates of the houses. Next, figure out how much money you’ll need to save up before the move.
Let’s get to moving:
When you come up with a set date for your move, you can do the more “concrete” research. You can start getting moving quotes from professional movers or whatever moving service you’re using. Make sure to look into storage spaces if you’ll be downsizing, professional cleaners, etc.
- The earlier you can book people like movers and cleaners, the cheaper the rate tends to be.
- Booking a move tends to be more expensive during the moving season March-November.
3. Sorting Everything
It is important, whether you’re moving to a house or an office that you sort through everything. If part of your move includes a business space, make sure you have researched any laws regarding paperwork and records. Beyond that, be picky. The fewer things you have to pack, the cheaper and easier your move can be.
Here is what you should take with you:
- Belongings you use every day
- Items you use at least once a year (like holiday decorations)
- Things that have sentimental value
- And that should be all of it.
On the other hand, when it comes to clothes you haven’t worn in five years, or stuff you forgot you had, items you’ve outgrown, etc.—can be sold or donated. This can help you make some money to help with the cost of your move.
For businesses, consider donating any unused office supplies or equipment to local schools and get a great break on your taxes.
When hiring movers, it is okay to pack for space instead of weight. If you will be doing the heavy lifting, make sure the boxes are the lightest they can be. This might mean that you need a larger van, but it’s more worth it than getting back surgery after lifting heavy boxes.
Pro Tip: There’s no need to purchase packing boxes! Try to go to your local shops and ask if they have any boxes they’d are looking to get rid of. You can also look on Craigslist for free moving boxes. Check out this blog on 5 Places to Find Free Cardboard Boxes for Your Next Move.
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