Packing Up and Shipping Out on a Budget

Packing Up and Shipping Out on a Budget

Movers unloading the truckIf you're about to relocate to a new home, your coffers may be a little drained right now. You've just paid for closing costs, broker fees, and a down payment for your new house. You just want to get this transition over with and not worry about more expense, right?

Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about moving, specifically, moving on a budget. In 2016, 6.9 percent of the population moved, a historically low portion. While budget constraints may not have directly caused this dip, it may have influenced people not to pursue a move. Don't let the expenses keep you from moving, though, especially if you're looking forward to a new job.

To help you, here are some cost-effective tips for moving:

Schedule your relocation after peak moving season

According to U.S. News & World Report, most Americans move between May and September when kids are out of school. If you don't have kids, though, it might be best to wait for fall or winter since that's the least expensive time of the year to move.

Choose the right moving company

Moving can be stressful, so it's important to choose a professional moving company that makes the process easy without overcharging, says Moving Squad. This is why you should consider getting at least three moving companies to estimate your moving costs. Compare them and decide which one offers the best deal for you.

Use your own packing items

Some companies offer free moving boxes and packing supplies, but some don't, and you'd have to pay for them. Cut this extra cost by using your own items when moving. You can use plastic bins that you already have or sheets and linens to wrap items in. If you still need more, buy your own packing supplies from recycled box companies or get them free from local businesses.

If you don't need it, don't pay to have it moved

Movers base the moving cost on what you're shipping and how far you're having these items moved. You can significantly cut down on these costs if you lighten up your load by getting rid of items you won't need or can easily replace once you resettle. What's more, you can earn money by selling these unneeded items or do a good deed and donate them to charity.

Enlist the help of your friends and family

Why pay extra for the movers to pack your stuff up when you can ask your loved ones for help? Ask your friends and family to help you pack up. Apart from saving costs, this will also help you finish your packing faster.

Save your receipts for reimbursement

If you're moving to a new place for a job, you should save your receipts because some employers cover moving expenses as part of a job relocation package. The reimbursement helps replenish your funds after the move.

Moving anxiety is a real thing, and it can stress you out. Follow these tips and don't let yourself feel further down by paying way more than you should when moving.

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