8 Tips for Saving and Spending on Your Move
Written by Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com
Moving means facing a lot of different financial questions simultaneously. But when you’re faced with the choice between quality and saving money, it’s important to know where you can skimp and where you need to shell out a few extra bucks. Luckily, there are eight rules to follow for what to save and what to spend on your move.
What to Save On:
There are plenty of sources of sturdy, free boxes, so don’t waste money buying them. If you’re unsure of where to go, look at grocery stores, restaurants, local recycling centers and shoe retailers.
When packing pottery and other breakables, don’t worry about buying packing paper or bubble wrap. Instead, use newspaper or old leftover packing peanuts.
Moving Extra Items
Before you start loading the moving truck or your car, make sure you plan ahead and ensure that everything you’re planning to take with you will fit in the new place. For the items that you figure out won’t have a place in your new home, donate them so they can find new homes.
A great way to save money while moving is picking a time in the moving offseason to relocate. This includes during the fall or winter.
What to Spend On:
A Quality Mover
Don’t simply look for the cheapest price quote. Make sure your mover is properly licensed and insured. Doing so will ensure that your belongings will be moved to the new place safely.
Before you start the moving process, ascertain the worth of your valuables with an appraisal company. Keep these numbers in an inventory of your belongings, and make sure to tell your movers about which items are most valuable.
Professional Move (if necessary)
As much as it might be tempting to ask friends and family to help you move, unless you’re moving job is really simple with no large items, you shouldn’t go with this route. Moving companies have different amounts of service they can provide, so you don’t need to retain too much help. You’ll be glad to have the professional help when it comes to moving particularly unwieldy items.
A Safe Storage Center
If your moving needs include storage, make sure the storage facility you choose has adequate security and heating and cooling for your belongings. Saving a few bucks a month won’t be an effective cost-cutting measure if your stuff is ruined because of inadequate storage.