Whether you’re moving around the block or across the country, moving is stressful. You’re expected to squish everything you own into boxes as you empty out every room, closet, and cupboard.
When faced with an overflowing closet in every bedroom, you’ll be tempted to throw everything into garbage bags and deal with the ensuing mess later. While this packing technique pays off right away, it won’t help you in the long run — it will only make you feel more anxious about the move.
Instead of leaving these spaces as they are, take some time to tidy up and purge what you can. It could end up saving you stress — and money, too!
You’ll have fewer moving fees
As you say goodbye to friends in the neighborhood, leaving your old place behind is an emotional hurdle you have to clear before you start fresh in a new place. It’s also a physical challenge as you need to get every piece of furniture out of your old home and into the new one.
It makes sense to hire professional movers to help. Movers have the tools and experience to make short work of a move, no matter how big it ends up being.
Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap. On average, hired muscle costs anywhere between $800 and $2,000 for a four-bedroom house. If you’re planning a long-distance move, it could end up being even more. If you haven’t factored this into your moving expenses, this may be tricky to pull off without the help of a line of credit or installment loan.
Of course, the cost of your move depends on a variety of factors. But the number of belongings you need moved and their weight play a significant part in your final bill.
You see where we’re going? If you need less stuff moved, you’ll spend less money moving it.
Get everyone in the family to go through their closet with the intention to pare down what they have. If you haven’t worn something in the past six months, the chances you’ll wear it in the next six are slim. The only exception may be suits and other tailor-made pieces you need for special occasions.
If you can reduce everyone’s clothes by half, you’ll need fewer boxes to pack and move. You might even be able to get rid of heavy furniture like dressers and standing wardrobes that will really affect your bill.
But even if you only manage to reduce your load by five boxes, those are five fewer boxes you’ll have to move.
Every little bit counts is one of the most practical financial tips for new homeowners approaching a big move. There are a lot of hidden expenses waiting for you at your new place, so what you save on movers could help you approach maintenance and taxes with greater confidence.
You can sell what you don’t need
Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean someone else won’t jump at the opportunity to use it. If the clothes and furniture you intend to toss are still in good shape, you might be able to earn a few bucks by selling them.
Your local used or consignment store will be your best friend as you prepare for your move. You’ll be able to sell your belongings for an upfront fee or a fraction of the sale on consignment.
Don’t panic if there aren’t any consignment stores near you. Online classified ads and auction sites provide easy platforms to find a buyer for your furniture and other belongings.
However you choose to sell your belongings, use your earnings wisely. Reinvest them in your move by using it to pay your professional movers, and you might not have to look into installment loans or lines of credit for help. Even if you only manage to sell a few items, it’s better than nothing.
Try these tips even if you’ve budgeted for these professional movers. There’s nothing wrong with a little extra money during a move, and you’ll likely find it hanging in your family’s closets.