Money-saving tips to facilitate your relocation
Moving can be such a gratifying venture if you approach it in a systematic and organized way. There are so many things you have to take into account when you move, with the top priorities being that you move your things safely and quickly. You must also make a budget so that your expenses remain under control. You can consult family and friends before starting and they will certainly be able to relate their experiences and offer you some useful tips. But to get quality service without spending your hard-earned time off toiling over a move, it is best to leave your move to the professionals. The following money-saving moving tips will come handy when you’re in the need to move.
Make a budget and stick to it
It’s important to maintain a budget when you move. Create a list of expected expenses, including packaging materials, boxes, movers, gas, etc. Ensure you add a buffer to your budget to cover unexpected expenses.
Take an inventory of your goods.
This is one of the most overlooked steps in the moving process. Take the time to inventory your valuables. Don’t be so focused on the move there that it takes weeks to dig out once you’re in your lovely new home. Do inventory and it will make life much easier when settling in.
Hire a mover There are so many moving companies out there, get quotes from them. Moving costs are usually determined by the number of rooms, packing and unpacking efforts, the distance between houses and the time of the year. Expect to pay more during peak times, such as during the summer, on public holidays, or at the weekend. Keep in mind that the lowest estimate that you received may not be the best deal since cheaper service providers can typically result in the reduction of quality in services. Check the policies of each moving company thoroughly to provide assurance for items that are damaged or broken during the move. Be aware of per item and add on fees as many movers do charge increase fees for items such as flights of stairs and unique items.
Pack in an affordable way
Even if you have to go for a professional mover, you can reduce costs by doing some of the packing and unpacking yourself. Shop for the best deal on packaging materials and tape. Get boxes at your local supermarket or at work, even from family and friends. Reduce travel weight. It will be in your best interest if you eliminate unnecessarily heavy items such as jars of change, since movers often charge by weight. Hold a garage sale to get rid of unused items. Or better yet, sell household items to your local second-hand store or donate them to charity. This provides a great service to those in need and offers up a tax write-off in exchange for your charity. If you reduce the total quantity and weight of items, your removal costs will be reduced.
Contact your cable provider in advance to terminate your service on the day your move. Switch off the boiler and lower the thermostat. Ensure all lights are switched off. Make sure all doors and windows are locked and sealed so that the area is protected when it is empty.
Moving can be taxing, but anyone can use these tips to make it a success. Better yet, Totable can streamline any move by providing you access to on-demand bookings and real time estimates in a few taps of our app.