How To Move On The Budget

Keeping Your Move on a Budget

There is no doubt that moving is one of the most expensive things that someone can do in their lives. Because this event involves taking everything you own from one home to another home, switching utilities to that new home, and changing drivers licenses, registration information, and more, it is no wonder that more and more people are looking for ways to save money and keep their move on a budget. Often, that budget is far smaller than anyone might like it to be, but sometimes things just have to be done. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that you can keep your relocation costs down and meet the realistic budget that you’ve set forth for your move.

Packing Up

The packing process is one area of the move where you can save quite a bit of money. While you might not think so at first, consider the costs involved in purchasing packing supplies. Moving boxes, padding, packing paper, and tape can all end up costing you quite a bit when it’s all said and done, but there are some things you can do to greatly minimize this cost. What might have been hundreds of dollars can easily cost you almost nothing if you heed this advice.

  • Getting Boxes – One of the easiest methods of cutting moving costs involves not using boxes that you purchase brand new. Moving containers often cost three or more dollars apiece, which can add up quickly when you consider the need for a hundred or more of them to pack up your home. Instead of purchasing these boxes, visit a local retail store and offer to take some of their boxes, which management will generally offer for free.
  • Local Resources – If you don’t like the idea of visiting local retail stores for boxes, consider looking in the local paper for ads where people are selling their moving cartons for a low fee so that they can recoup some of their moving costs. While you may need more boxes than they are offering, you will still save a ton by going this route.
  • Padding Materials – Most moves require that delicate items are wrapped gently and carefully so that they don’t get broken. There are a number of materials, such as bubble wrap, that you can purchase just for this reason. However, you can eliminate this cost completely if you just opt to use padding that you already have. Washcloths are great for glasses and smaller breakables, while towels and sheets can be used to wrap dishes. And since these things already have to be packed anyways, you are not only saving money, but space as well.
  • Buying in Bulk – While you can’t really reuse packing tape, there is one way that you can save money on this requirement. Consider purchasing multiple rolls of packing tape at one time to ensure that you have enough for the whole packing process and so that you can get each one of those rolls for as cheap as you possibly can.

Companies and Services

Another one of the big costs associated with a move is the money that you will need to pay the moving companies who come to transport your goods. No matter how you slice it, hiring professionals, renting a truck, or even moving yourself with portable storage can be very expensive. While it may be near impossible to reduce this cost as much as you might like, there are some ways to ensure you do not get taken for more than you budgeted in the beginning of the moving process.

  • Research Reputation – Regardless of where you are moving, check into the companies you are thinking of hiring before you actually hire them. Reputation can say a lot in the long run.
  • Get Binding Quotes – A binding moving estimate will ensure that the price you pay is capped and the movers can’t hold your things hostage for a higher amount later on.
  • Check with the FMCSA – Look into the history of a company and ensure they are legally allowed to operate by checking with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER Web service.
  • Trust Your Instincts – If something doesn’t feel right about a company, don’t hire them. It’s really that simple.

Moving can and will be a financial expenditure that you might not really fall in love with, but as with many things in life, it can be a necessary thing. While you will have to spend money to get things done, moving on a budget is possible and you can save money along the way. Keep these things in mind as you sit down to plan your move and build your moving budget so that you can get to your new home for as little as possible.

About Alyssa Sullivan

Alyssa Sullivan is a moving and storage veteran and a relocation consultant of Moving Angels , a one stop shop specializing in long distance and local moves within US and Canada, auto transport and homeowners insurance.
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