With school almost back in session, the typical home buying season is wrapping up. If you recently sold or bought a home, or are switching from one rental to another, then it’s time to start packing.
Moving is one of those chores that pretty much stinks no matter which way you look at it. I just went through a move myself, and I’ll be the first to admit it is not at all fun.
But there are a few ways to make it easier, less stressful, and to save some money in the process.
The easiest (and most obvious) way to save money moving is by doing it yourself. Hiring movers can be a huge help but also a pretty big cost.
Read on for a few more tips to save money, and sanity, while moving.
1. Get free boxes.
You can buy boxes at your local hardware store for less than $2 a piece, but if you’re going to need a lot of boxes, that can quickly add up.
Try going to your local grocery store and ask if they give out boxes for free. A lot of them do, and if you can score some milk boxes, you’ll have sturdy boxes to transport your items in for free.
2. Don’t throw away that junk mail (yet.)
Those free mailers you get from all ten grocery stores in your area usually end up in the trash, but hold onto them for a few weeks while you pack. These can easily replace bubble wrap or packing peanuts to keep your fragile items safe.
3. Pack (and un-pack) room by room.
Pack one whole room of your house at a time and label each box as you go. As you load up and unload into your new house, place each box in its new room.
Unpack your new home room by room instead of emptying a box here and there throughout the house. You’ll get finished much faster this way.
4. Splurge on a little help.
This one is definitely a sanity saver tip, but if you’re short on time and have some money to spare, consider hiring a helper for the day to help you clean and tie up any loose ends.
After you’ve spent all that time packing and driving around, deep cleaning is probably the last thing you’ll want to do. Paying somebody $100 to come help you knock it out can definitely be worth it.
5. Compare costs before going with your first choice.
Before going to rent a moving truck, consider your exact needs and try to think of alternatives. Do you know somebody with a trailer you could borrow instead?
If you do go with a moving truck, would it be cheaper for you to return it to its original location? Or would it be better to return it in your new city?
Compare costs before making quick decisions.
6. Reward yourself when it’s over.
It can be tempting to let some boxes sit unpacked in your new home if you don’t need them right away.
Avoid this scenario by coming up with a reward for when you are completely finished moving and unpacking. Only you can really know how much you can afford, but make it something good so that you’ll be motivated to finish.
You’ll be rewarded with a clean and organized space to live as well!
If you’re going through a move, use these six tips to save money on moving, and save your sanity too.
You’ll be all unpacked in your new home in no time. 🙂