Here comes the next post in our series on “How to Save Money,” where we share tips on how you can save money in a wide array of situations. Today we’ll be having a look at an area that most of you are probably familiar with; moving places.
There are various costs involved in moving, such as the moving truck, the cost of hiring a mover, and even packing materials. There are also intangible costs such as time and stress.
When it comes to the intangible costs, every move is different and will be affected by your motivation for moving. Moving houses can be an exciting experience or a stressful one depending on how far you’ve come and how much you’ve put into preparing for your move.
And when it comes to the tangible costs, this is what we’ll be focusing on in this post.
Buy Second-Hand Furniture
Moving can be a very overwhelming experience for many people. It’s not only a hassle to pack up all of your belongings and find a new place to live – it can also be very expensive. That’s why it is important to consider what you’re going to do with your furniture before you move into that new place.
You may not feel like you have a choice in the matter, but what if we told you that you do? In fact, you (and potentially your partner) have sole power in choosing what you will bring to your new home. You don’t have to buy new, “hip,” and expensive furniture. Buying furniture second-hand is one of the best ways to save money when moving.
Get Rid of Any Items You Don’t Need
If you’re a student or a recent graduate, chances are that you’ll be moving into an apartment for the first time. You may find yourself with the daunting task of packing up all your belongings and moving them to your new home. Of course, it can be hard to know what to do with all of the things you own.
Moving is a major undertaking and comes with a big price tag. In an article featuring 42 ways to save money on your next move, the moving blog Moversville recommends that you get rid of as much stuff as possible to save money on your move. This will also save you time and energy, as there will simply be fewer things to set up in your new apartment or house.
Find a Moving Company That Offers the Right Package
If you are moving to a new home some time soon, you want to find a company that offers the right package for you. From full-service packing and shipping to just loading and driving, companies have many different packages available. You just need to find the one that is right for you.
In a live webinar back in November, the Norway-based moving company Majoren Flyttebyrå i Oslo featured the following tips for reducing costs of your next movers service:
- Use a reputable company
- Hire professionals for packing
- Take advantage of special offers
- Negotiate with movers for reduced price through group rates
Do Your Research on the Cost of Renting in Your New Area
Be sure to do your research on the cost of renting in your new area so you don’t get stuck with a lease you can’t afford. This is actually one of the biggest things you can do to save money, since rent is among the largest long-term expenses you will pay. If you want to be more prepared, try using an app like Rentberry before packing up and moving.
Make a List of All Your Furniture, Appliances, and Other Items
Moving to a new home is an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful. Luckily, there are ways to make the process easier. One of the first things you should do is make a list of all the items you own to avoid forgetting anything important. Start by listing all your furniture and appliances, as these are the most expensive items. You should also include smaller items like decorations or kitchenware. Having this list will make it easier to know what furniture you need to buy, and what you don’t need to buy.