5 Money Hacks for Your Next Move

 Moving isn’t cheap, so use these steps and you won’t overspend during the process. There are security deposits, down payments, and insurance costs for the move.  All these costs stack up even before the first month’s mortgage payment, or rent check.

 The last item on your budget is the actual move. The average cost of moving in-state (according to the American Moving & Storage Association) is roughly $1,170, while moving out-of-state can be as much as $5,630. It’s best to cut these costs where you can, so here are a few hacks to help you do that.

 Don’t schlep unwanted goods - Something about a new home makes us want to fill it up with stuff as quickly as possible. Even if we don’t really plan to keep it there for long, we still end up trying to hold on to it. When you are packing up your things and deciding what to bring with you and what to leave behind, use the general rule: if you haven’t used it in the past three years, and don’t plan to, leave it behind. The best way to get rid of these types of goods is through yard sale; maybe even donate it if it is in decent condition.

  1. Get friends to help – No amount of free beer is enough to help a friend move. Moving sucks and you know it. Beer should be considered a bonus and not payment. A good way to repay them is through an equally significant time, or skill commitment. Something like babysitting their kids/pets or helping them hang a piece of furniture or something similar.
  2. Don’t buy general moving supplies – Now is when it’s okay to raid your office for packing peanuts. Look through the recycle bins in your building for old news papers and anything you could use during a move. Ask your local liquor stores for boxes. There’s no reason to pay $2+ for containers of materials that were supposed to be used once.
  3. Pack everything before moving day – Moving companies charge for the time spent from the start of the move until the truck is returned. Maximize your time and money by labeling and boxing your belongings ahead of your big day. This way you can save some extra cash by not scrambling around mid move, or asking the movers do something you could have done yesterday. A lot of lightweight items like lamps, cushions mean a lot of trips back and forth. Make a plan for these awkward items and execute it.
  4. Call the professionals, but only when you need them – If you have access to your new place before you have to move, take those odd shaped items over first. It’s best to get these out of the way sooner than later. Some larger items like your electronics, or best furniture should be left for the pros. Some companies charge for each worker, for every hour they work. Hiring some moving pros for a short time is the best option for an average move. They’ll take care of the heavy lifting appliances or furniture and then they’re finished. There’s nothing worse, or more embarrassing than paying a mover to move your toaster and coffee maker. So make sure you have all the small things out of the way and leave the big items to them.

Hope this has helped you get an idea of how to move properly. Good luck!

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