Moving into a new home can be an expensive process. Getting the sale of the old home and the purchase of the new home settled is only the beginning. Once you get into your new location, you’ll be wanting to make some changes to give it your personal touch.
Of course, that little bit of touching up will cost some money too. It can be overwhelming to face the long list of expenses that sneak up on you after a move! Things like utility transfers and higher tax bills can scare you into wishing you’d stayed put.
Fortunately, you can avoid a lot of this financial fright with some simple steps to save money during your move. There is as much variety in how people move as there is in the homes they move into, so when it’s you packing up for a different environment, you can find lots of ways to save money by economizing your move.
Save By Spending
It sounds backward but it’s true. Many people think it’s best to borrow friends and their pickups for a move to a new home or to do it with only the vehicles and people available in the household. This can be way off base compared to hiring a professional moving company like Allied and letting them do the work for you.
When you go with a DIY move, you hide the expenses in other places. There will be food and gas to buy for everyone, you’ll spend your valuable time running the roads, and there may be casualties in your belongings.
What kind of casualties? Anything fragile is subject to damage or destruction in a homemade move. Uncovered pickups can let surprise rainstorms damage sensitive items, and untrained help can drop heavy items, damaging the walls and floors in addition to the items themselves.
Professional movers have appropriate trucks, effective packing equipment, and experienced, able-bodied people who will carry out your move efficiently and with minimum losses. And anything that does get damaged is insured.
Save By Organizing
A move should happen like a well-oiled machine. When someone comes out of the truck with a box, it should have a clear destination that enables it to be placed in the correct place the first time it’s handled. This will save the mover’s time as well as your own in unpacking.
That goes for packing too. When a mover comes to give you a price on loading your home’s contents, you need to have things boxed up, gathered together, and categorized. They’ll recognize the time that they save on your job, and you’ll be priced accordingly.
Organize the travel as well. Check for anything that may interfere with traffic on your moving days, such as a Memorial Day weekend trip through Indianapolis 500 traffic. Getting the trucks into and out of your new neighborhood quickly is helpful.
Save By Reducing
We often see people having moving sales. These are a great idea if they are done at the right time.
First of all, the time for a moving sale is before the move, not after. It’s a big waste of money and time to pack up, move, and unpack items that you’ll turn around and sell in a couple of weeks.
Make those hard decisions ahead of the move. You can afford to lower the price a little bit if it saves you the expense of wasted relocation, and it will simplify the process of getting things put away in the new home.
Consider the items you might want to hand off to relatives or friends as well, and plan on moving your most treasured and fragile possessions in your own car.
Moving is a complicated and expensive process, but it can be made more economical with good planning and the decision to hire an expert mover. In the ultimate assessment of your success in getting into your new surroundings, you’ll see the payoff very easily.