Moving houses between states can be stressful enough; add the anxiety of the expenditure that will inevitably happen, and you’re faced with unnecessary worry and stress.
There are numerous costs to consider when it comes to moving states, but it does not have to be as expensive as it ought to be. You can avoid many of these expenses by planning ahead of time.
Before You Start to Plan
The best possible way to starting planning your move is to look through your checklist before moving out of state, so you’re not surprised with the tasks and costs that are waiting for you.
Next, you can start implementing these simple tips to cut back on any unnecessary spending you may think you need.
1. Declutter Your Space
Decluttering your space before packing things up helps enormously with two things:
- The fewer belongings you have, the easier it is to pack them.
- The packing materials for these belongings will also be much cheaper since there’s less stuff to pack away.
The cost of your home removal will be determined by the number of belongings you bring with you; consequently, less stuff means less money.
Thoroughly go through everything you have, and try to get rid of things you know you won’t be using at your new place.
You can even have a yard sale or sell your stuff online and earn back a few extra bucks.
2. Use Free Packing Resources
Request cardboard boxes from your local grocer or check if a friend or family member who has recently moved has any you can use. Forums and Facebook groups can also be good places to look for a bunch of boxes that someone may no longer need.
After you’ve established a moving date, begin saving any boxes or packaging materials that arrive with deliveries to your home.
Another great way to find free packing material is to ask local cafes and restaurants to give you cardboard boxes from the deliveries they do. Since they’re going to recycle it anyway, there won’t be much problem asking these services for their used delivery boxes.
Lastly, don’t just rely on packing boxes to get the job done. Carriage containers can be made out of laundry baskets, trash cans, or suitcases.
3. Research Moving Services
It’s important to determine whether you can move your belongings yourself or whether you need moving services to help you. If you do, it’s best to start looking early and comparing different moving services as best as you can.
Each moving company can have different quotes and varieties of insurances, so finding the one exactly right for you can save you a considerable amount of money.
4. Book Early and Off-peak Season
Speaking of researching moving companies as early as you can, booking your moving day in advance can save you money too. Many moving services offer discounts if you confirm your move-day with them in advance.
Another good tip is to try and choose a less popular month or season to move if available.
Because of the lighter and longer days, the summer months are always the most popular time to move; nevertheless, removal companies will raise their charges to compete with the strong demand.
If possible, wait until after the summer holidays to move and aim to do so during the autumn months.