Most families and homeowners dread moving house, because they can imagine the amount of money they have to pay and it’s certainly not pleasurable. Add to that the stress, the potential damages and months of preparation for a single day or a weekend of moving and you get what every move looks like. There are some cost-saving ideas, though, that you can try to implement into your move and save some money. Here are the most common tips.
One of the ways to save money is by not hiring movers, especially if you are doing a local or a short-distance move. You will need to pack and load the truck on your own, which means that you will do the bigger part of the move. Whether this is the best option for you would depend on the size of your house, the type of goods you need to move and the distance of the move. More and more people nowadays choose to pack on their own and even drive the moving truck. A move cannot be exactly cheap, but it can be much more affordable if you choose the best way to do it. If you decide to hire movers, think how many you will need and how to avoid the hidden costs of the move. These are the extra charges which come up during the moving day and raise the bill significantly.
One of the easiest ways to save some money is by choosing the right packing material and the cheaper replacement of some of it. You can invest in a few plastic containers – ask your friends or ask around in shops. They are perfect for transporting items and you can use them afterwards for storage too. You also need to think about the cardboard moving boxes and your options. If you want to buy quality new boxes, this could be a big investment, especially if you have a big house. You can find used moving boxes in grocery shops, department stores and pharmacies for free. The other option is to rent them or buy used boxes – both of these options are cheaper than buying new. Ask friends if they have moving boxes that they have used and borrow them. Many people would gladly give them to you as they don’t want to deal with recycling. A good option for saving money from packing material is the use of garbage bags. It’s true that they rip easily, but some items can be moved like that – clothes, bedding, etc. If you buy transparent garbage bags you will be able to see what’s inside which will help you out when unpacking. Instead of using bubble wrap for cushioning, make use of newspaper and old linen. You can also use grocery bags for packing fragile items. This way you don’t end up wasting money on material you will only use once.
Try to be creative when packing and remember that there are many materials you can use and you don’t necessarily need to buy the most expensive packing supplies just because the market promotes them. If you need to buy most of the packing materials, however, check online deals where you can buy in bulk and get a good discount. Doing a house move in a frugal way is not a bad idea considering how much you can save in order to invest in your future home.