When you are moving, you are already spending a lot of extra time and money. It helps to know a few tricks in saving more of your time and money. Then your moving expenditures will not be too high.
One of the easiest ways to save money on relocating is to move less stuff.
Be sure to go through your things beforehand and throw out, give away, or sell whatever you will not need. A lot of people get into a time crunch when they are relocating, and they don’t have time to do this. They end up moving a lot of stuff that they then throw out when they reach their destination.
Talk about a waste of money. Take the time to get rid of these things before you move.
Remember that if you give some of your stuff away, you should request a receipt so that you can deduct the amount donated from your taxes. This will save you money again.
Another way to save money is to do a lot of work yourself. Even if you hire movers, you can do the packing yourself. This will save a lot of money. The time-intensive work costs the most, so do your own packing and save a bundle. Remember to get started early if you are going to be doing your own packing. You can’t pack up an entire household at the last minute.
Of course, you can save even more by renting a moving truck and loading and driving it yourself. But here you have to think about how much help you have. If it takes you two days to load the truck, you might be cheaper off to hire professionals to do your relocation. They will do it a lot quicker and you will lose fewer friends too.
When you are relocating, there are a lot of other ways to save money besides the obvious. For example, make sure you leave your old apartment in pristine condition so that you will get your security deposit back. This is like found money that can be used for other things when you are moving.
You can also save money by canceling your cable service a month early. You won’t have much time to watch it anyway. You will be too busy packing and going through your things in preparation for the move. In the place, you are relocating to, wait a month before hooking up the cable. In this way, you save the money of two months of cable service.
On the day of the relocation, pack yourself some meals in a cooler and you can save a lot of money on restaurant meals.
Sometimes the stress of relocating makes you spend money just to save time and energy. But if you plan ahead, maybe even consult a professional or hire a Real Estate Secretary to take care of the papers for you, you will not have these unexpected expenses. Instead of renting an expensive hotel room, try to stay with friends, or at least pack the kids off to Grandma’s until the move is over.
Be creative, and you will come up with a lot more ways to save money on relocating.