The following is a guest post by Ryan Franklin.
When preparing to move to a new home the number one priority will be to save money. Cutting corners never sounds fun but in the long run you will appreciate it when you realize you are saving money when moving into your new home. You can’t live in that new pair of shoes you just charged to the credit card bringing us to the first tip.
Stop charging it. Though it’s a much easier method of payment it’s also more expensive. The interest rates alone should make you want to stop swiping but when preparing to move to a new home save the plastic for the move. Use cash for everything and leave the plastic at home. It’ll be much easier to fight the temptation of that frivolous purchase if you don’t have the card to swipe.
Sell your junk. Instead of losing money on the move, make money from it. Let go of the things you no longer need or may not have room for in the new place and have a garage sale. Things you consider junk someone else may consider a treasure so don’t throw it out until after the garage sale. Make street signs out of poster board and post an online ad for free on Craigslist. You shouldn’t spend more than five dollars to have the garage sale.
Get free boxes. You’ll spend as much on purchasing boxes as you will the rental truck but rest assured there are ways to get boxes for free. Get the word out that you are in need of boxes. Post it on your social networking site and friend will start flooding you with boxes they save from a recent purchase. Grocery and retail stores are a great resource for free boxes as well. If you visit the store on delivery days you’re likely to walk out with at least a few free boxes.
Bubble vs. paper. Bubble wrap can be expensive and it’s not so good for the environment either. Stock up on newspapers from the local convenient stores. Wrapping your valuables in newspaper will be just as effective as the bubble wrap. And when the paper ends up in the land fill it’ll be less harmful for us all.
Rent a truck. If the move is local then renting a truck makes sense. Typically you can rent the truck for a flat daily rate, mileage and you have to make sure you leave gas in it. This is where your credit card will come into play because they usually ask for a card to hold in the event of damage or theft. Don’t settle on the first rental company you come across. Compare prices amongst the competitors and establish the value of their service by the number of services included such as moving rope and a dolly.
Free moving help. In other words you’ll be asking family and friends to help get you moved to the new house. Be sure to assign each person with a specific duty so there are no idle hands. Assign packers, babysitters and movers. Promise to pay them with a house warming party and free BBQ once you are all settled in. With all the money you’ve saved (and made) on the move you’ll be able to afford it!
Ryan Franklin is a blogger and organization expert who writes on behalf of uShip. He believes that hiring movers can be a great way to facilitate the moving the process.