Moving in a hurry can be quite costly and stressful, which is why it is vital that you be aware of how to plan your move in a way that will save you both time and money.
Here is a list of 9 budget-friendly ways to plan a quick move so that you can enjoy the process, say farewell to your old home, and settle into your new home in a breeze.
1. Start planning for your move as soon as possible.
If you are aware in July that you are embarking on a new adventure in October, start planning your errands in July. Time is money, and it is important that you try to get the best deals in advance so that you do not have to waste additional money closer to your move date.
For example, if you are trying to rent a moving van, reach out to the companies as soon as you know your moving time frame, as you may be able to secure a price on a size you need rather than having to hope they have the size you want a week before you move.
2. Clear out your storage unit first.
Start clearing out a storage unit early if you pay monthly. Most of the time, people do not keep all the items in their storage unit when moving, and cleaning a unit out early will start the packing and decluttering process as well as save you a few months of unit fees. You may even be able to sell some of your items which is a bonus.
3. Always look for a coupon code when renting a moving truck.
Just like it is important to plan your move in advance, it is critical that you search for the best deals and make sure to look for a coupon code before paying for a moving truck rental.
If you have a flexible move date, try to transport your furniture and items on a weekday rather than a weekend as it is typically less expensive.
4. Find free moving boxes.
Moving boxes are the last thing on people’s minds as they prepare to move; however, you can save a ton of money by finding free moving boxes rather than paying for them at a moving truck rental store.
Gather up any boxes you already have in your home before venturing to local stores and seeing if they have any boxes you could take. Most managers are happy to help as they do not need for them.
Look for online groups that offer free items, as many people have leftover boxes from previous moves that they have yet to get rid of.
5. Use newspaper as packing paper.
Instead of purchasing packing paper or bubble wrap, use newspaper and old documents to secure fragile items before putting them in a box. Newspaper works excellently to protect glass and silverware during a move.
If you opt for using old documents, make sure that the papers do not contain any personal information such as bank statements or bills.
6. Create a moving budget.
Nothing is worse than not having enough money to pay for the items you need while moving. Overall, moving can be costly if you do not create a budget beforehand.
In your budget, it is vital that you include not only the moving truck but packing expenses, gas, flights, hotels if needed, meals, and so forth.
7. Put together a box with all your essentials and label it as “Open Me First.”
If you have ever moved into your own place, you may have experienced the disturbing realization that there is no toilet paper after you run to the bathroom following the car ride to your new place.
To avoid repurchasing items you have packed away somewhere, make sure to label the box that has all your essentials in it such as water bottles, paper towels, toilet paper, scissors, flashlight, paper plates/cups/utensils, dish soap, sponge, pen, notepad, and phone chargers.
8. Keep important moving documents together.
Have a folder that contains all important the documents that you may need such as a signed copy of the lease, realtor information, utility information, truck rental agreements, flight information, passports, and hotel confirmations.
When moving, it is vital that you keep documents that you may need readily available as it can save you plenty of money. If you lose an essential record, you may have to purchase a new agreement depending on what it entails.
9. Pack snacks for the trip.
Moving is hard work, and stopping for food at a local fast-food restaurant can quickly add up. Pack snacks in advance so that everyone can fuel up during the car ride without breaking the bank.