Have you ever stayed in your apartment rental to avoid the headaches of relocating, despite a significant rent rise, mediocre facilities, or less-than-ideal neighbors? I’m sure I have. It’s sometimes better to stay still. Sometimes you simply have to move—even if it means spending more money on supplies (on top of all of your new apartment fees and deposits). If you’re attempting to relocate on a budget, here are six simple methods to save money on your next move.
Make a Financial Plan (and Stick to It)
The cost of moving is well-known. They tend to pile up when you’re juggling a lot of moving (ha) pieces. When you throw in movers, a truck, insurance, renting a storage unit, takeaway dinners (after you pack/before you unpack your kitchen), and all of the new apartment fees, pet deposits, the cost of boxes, bubble wrap, and tape doesn’t appear to be that high… If you’re not cautious, you might find yourself spending a lot more than you meant.
When you’re attempting to save money when relocating, it’s critical to create a budget and adhere to it. Your budget sets a starting point, which will be crucial when obtaining quotes from movers and trucking firms.
It’ll also assist you in deciding what you can afford to splurge on and what you need to cut down on in order to stay within your budget.
Winter is the Best Time to Relocate
Moving during the offseason, often known as winter, is your best chance if you’re searching for a bargain. In fact, the greatest time to find Houston apartment deals is around the holiday season.
Although relocating during the holiday season and winter presents its own set of problems, it is the perfect time to relocate if you are on a tight budget. You’ll discover lots of available movers and rental trucks during this period because it’s also the least popular time to move.
Where Can I Get Free Moving Boxes?
Finding free moving boxes is an easy method to save down on some of your moving expenditures. Dear reader, where can you get these free moving boxes? Call your local grocery shops, bookstores, office supply stores, restaurants, and liquor stores to see if they have any extra boxes they’d be willing to set aside for you. Boxes are used by a variety of retailers to send their goods. You only need to inquire about them.
You may also look on Nextdoor, Craigslist, and any local Facebook groups for information. It’s the new method to approach a neighbor for assistance. If everything else fails, inquire about someone you know who have just relocated. They could be willing to part away their old crates if you ask nicely.
What You Can Donate or Sell
When you have fewer stuff, you won’t have to move as much! Selling the items you don’t use or need can not only lighten your burden but also provide you with funds to go toward your relocation expenses. Even if your old belongings aren’t worth much, donating them will cut down on the length of time it takes you to move—and the amount of money you’ll have to pay hourly movers.
Obtain a Moving Truck Rental
Instead of hiring a full-service moving company, you may rent a truck for a reasonable price from a business like U-Haul or Penske. A one-time charge (about $20 to $50 depending on the size of the truck you’re renting) plus less than a dollar every mile you drive in the truck is generally included in the cost of renting from a comparable business. You’re also usually in charge of replenishing the petrol tank to the same level as when you leased the vehicle.
Do the Heavy Lifting Yourself (and if you can’t, negotiate deals)
Doing the heavy lifting yourself—with the aid of interested friends and family members—is the cheapest choice here. This isn’t always an option, though. So, if you can’t carry the heavy pieces of furniture yourself, consider hiring a pair of hourly movers to assist you.
You can hire them for a specific amount of time and keep to your timetable to stay inside your budget. Before you hire movers, make sure you do your homework. You should acquire many estimates before deciding on the finest deal.
While there are certain expenditures that are unavoidable while relocating, there are still many methods to save money. Use these suggestions to save money on your next move.
Let us know if you have any more budget-friendly moving suggestions!