Summer is the season for moving house. The problem is that it is also the hottest time of the year. Pushing all your furniture up two stories is definitely not how you want to be spending your beach time. Of course, you can’t make it instantaneous, unless you know magic (Hogwarts, anyone?) or you hire some particularly efficient interstate movers. There are ways that you can make the process a lot easier and cheaper if you know what to do though. Here are some of the best ways you can save money and time while moving house this summer!
Don’t take the house with you
For most people, a move is a time for high levels of stress. Everything is a rush, especially if it is a rented house or apartment that needs to be vacated fast. This leads to a lot of people choosing to pack the house from the attic to the basement into crates and move it all. The consensus is that they will arrange everything once the move has been completed. DO NOT DO THIS. While when it comes to movers, Victoria has some pretty cheap options, they still charge you by weight most of the time. This means that the heavier your items are, the more it is going to cost you to move them. If you aren’t hiring a moving company and are planning on doing it yourself, that is all the more reason to get rid of those bulky, horrible wardrobes that would scare Narnia out of them with a single look.
Start small, have a ball
Whether you are looking for cheap mover in Calgary or you are looking for a rental truck you can use to move on your own, you are going to need to lessen the weight of the items being moved and the space that they are taking. To do this better, start small. Do you see some old newspapers you are never going to read again? Throw them out. Ditch everything that you aren’t going to have a use for. If you want to, there are many self-help guides out there on the internet that will help you part with items if you are a hoarder.
Do the right thing
If you have items you don’t have any use for, but feel like they could be useful to other people (old phones, clothes and furniture for example), try to donate them to charity instead. You won’t be losing money, but you will be gaining good karma. That could come back and give you a shoulder rub some day in the future. There are thrift shops that give their proceeds to different charities. Consider selling your clothes to a place like the Salvation Army. Of course, you don’t have to do this, especially if you are a little tight for money yourself. Instead, you can call local thrift shops and ask them to buy your stuff at a low rate. You can use the money to help yourself set up in your new home.
Moving house is definitely a very stressful experience. However, you don’t have to let it get to you or your wallet; not if you do it right. Simply keep a clear head and prioritize useful items in your home above everything else. Do you really need the grand piano in the attic that looks like the ghost of Mozart plays on it every night? Highly doubtful.