Moving is one of the most stressful events in one’s life.
From the packing to the organizing and more, there’s just so much to do and to think about.
And, we cannot forget about the costs involved.
Whether you’re a “do it yourself,” type… or if you hire a moving company, there will be costs involved no matter how you decide to move… such as:
- Boxes, Tape, Labels, Markers, etc. (aka Packing Supplies)
- Moving equipment (i.e. Moving Straps, Dollies, etc.)
- Storage Unit Rental (just in case your new place isn’t move in ready)
- Moving Insurance
And, if you decide to hire Professional Movers, keep these costs in mind:
- Professional Mover Fees (shop around!)
- Be sure to find out if these fees include gratuities for the movers!
Choosing to move yourself, you’ll need money to rent a moving truck and for gasoline expenses. Although being a “DIY” mover may be less costly, you’ll want find help. After all, it’s hard to lift a couch by yourself. If you have others help, be sure to say “Thank You.” Be sure to buy snacks and drinks for them, especially drinks.
Also, order in a meal to feed them during the move. Food is a great motivator! I would even suggest to go as far as buying them a gift for all their help, a gift card is a great way to show your appreciation. No matter how you choose to move, there will be costs involved. Pinterest just has to have ideas on how to save while moving. Right? They do! I have searched Pinterest for the best money saving moving tips. In the below categories, you will see some of the my awesome finds.
The less you have to move, the better. If you can reduce the amount of your possessions, not only will your move be easier but it will tend to cost less. To organize your belongings, try sorting them into the following categories: keep, sell, donate or trash.
Consider using a service like 1-800-got-junk to pick up all your stuff for you.
Sell, Donate or Throw it out?
How to have a Successful Garage Sale
Presentation & Display Tips
What to Donate / Track Donations
When to Move
Make a We’re Moving Binder
How to Organize your Move
Now that you have organized, decluttered or even downsized, it’s time to start packing! I have found some interesting ways to pack your items. Packing is important. You want to make sure that your possessions do not become damaged nor broken. Not having to replace anything, is a money saver!
Create a Packing Supplies Basket
Where to Find FREE Moving Boxes
What to Pack… When
How to Safely Pack and Move Plates
How to Pack Clothes
Pack Glasses/Vases in Empty Wine Case Boxes
Keep draw contents in place with Glad Press’n Seal
The time has come to move! Everything is packed and now you are ready for your new adventure. I have found some ways to save during your move: time, space & money!
How to find a Deal on Moving Trucks
Finding Cheap Movers on a Budget
How to Pack a Moving Truck
Time is money! Make your unpacking an efficient and timely event. Once you have unpacked, you may need to purchase some items. If this is the case, lookout for local coupons!
Mover’s Guide + Local Coupons!
Aldo @ MDN says
Great tips. I used the help of my friends to move, but the last time we moved we used movers. Movers are so much better. They did it faster and for only a few hundred dollars more than renting a truck and getting your friends to move. We also had a gift certificate, so it really cost us nothing at all.
I might be able to save $100-$200 by asking my friends to move, but I don’t think it’s worth it anymore. I just paid movers and sit back and delegate.
Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm says
I’m going to park at this post for the next few weeks -grin-. Fabulous list and thank you so much! I’m trying to sell the farm so I can move closer to family and it’s madness. I’ve found a lot of free packing material – boxes, paper, cardboard, etc. – on Freecycle. The Pennzoil boxes from my car repair shop are small but sturdy and the best part is…I can lift them even loaded.
Living in a rural area means stuff like yard sales don’t work and there aren’t local moving companies. $100 bills, bottled water and snacks on the loading end and $100 bills, bottled water and pizza on the unloading end ensures help.
I live and die by 3-ring binders for ever aspect of life. Those binders also mean when I pick one to work on, my head is ready for that particular job and stuff doesn’t get “lost” nearly as much as having one notebook to work from.
Thanks again for this post; can’t tell you how useful it’s going to be!
James Corbin says
Having moved several times, including recently, here are some of my ideas.
1. Paper boxes are great for packing and you can usually find plenty around the office. Their advantage is that you don’t have to tape the tops on and so it makes it much easier when you are looking for something after moving.
2. Put any valuables like computers at least in the middle of the truck. We had our truck broken into while at a hotel and fortunately we had nothing of value at the back of the truck. They cut the lock, lifted the door, and took nothing!
3. Too many helpers get in the way. Ideally, best to have one or two helping you. Any more and they can actually slow down the process.
4. If you are moving yourself, go with a quality moving company. I have used them all and the last two moves, one long-distance and one local, were with Penske. Their trucks are newer and in better condition. You are also much more likely to actually have a truck when you reserved it instead of just a reservation number. You get what you pay for.
Hope that helps!
kevin watts says
I can also relate in this post. I have also experience moving from one location to others. If you fail to plan it ahead, surely moving becomes more stressful.It is really costly. Thanks for this tips. It really help.
Karen Chambers says
I just scanned through this article and it’s already something I will save to read later after work. Even the comments are helpful. Thank you in advance for the information.
Sierra Prescott says
Great information. I’m going to move out next week and these tips really help me out. James comment really useful too. Thank you.