No one likes moving; that’s a fact. It’s time-consuming, strenuous, and often requires paying someone to help you, or having some close friends give up their time to help you. However, you can make moving easier by following a few simple tips, which will ultimately save you time, money, and your sanity.
Create a Checklist
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Perhaps the most important aspect of moving is making sure that you’re thoroughly prepared before the big moving day. The best way to do this is to make a checklist outlining what you want to achieve beforehand. If you have a family, doling out responsibilities to each person is a surefire way to make sure everything gets done, as well as cut down on stress.
Get ready financially
Moving is stressful and the last thing you want is to be low on cash while you do so. You will need money for the deposit, closing and opening new utility contracts, the move itself and many little expenses you need to budget for. If you have bad credit, Just Bad Credit can help you get some extra cash temporarily.
Don’t Buy Boxes
Buying boxes is an unnecessary expenditure when it comes to moving. At most retailers, cardboard moving boxes are sold for $1 to $2 depending on size. Based on the amount of stuff that you’re moving, this can easily build a $50 or $100 bill. Instead of purchasing these, search for them. Many times you can find moving boxes for free on Craigslist, at liquor stores, or book stores.
Organize Your Moving Vehicles
Whether you’re planning on using your own vehicles, your friends’ cars, or a van from residential moving companies, make sure to make the work flow smoothly. To do this, make sure you move or take down all hindrances or obstructions in and around the house, including potted plants, floor mats, and interior and exterior decor. If you can get away without renting a moving van, even better. You’ll save a ton of money on rental and gas expenses.
Clean Your New Place
If at all possible, it’s to your benefit to clean your new apartment or house. That way, everything is ready to immediately move into your place. If you live or are planning to move, you can also check out some apartments for rent to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Throw Stuff Away or Donate
Don’t be afraid to let go of some things when you move. Depending on how long you’ve lived in your current residence, you’ll be sure to find some items that you didn’t even know you had. Chances are, if you haven’t used them since you’ve lived there, you probably won’t miss them too much. Your options then are to throw them away or to donate them. Often, if the item is of a little value, you can keep the donation receipt and use it as a tax write-off.
It is an especially good idea to donate large items to charity, since it could mean one less trip that you have to take when moving. For example, if you own a water vessel, you could make a boat donation to a charity that accepts such items. These charities will pick your boat up from your house and will use the proceeds from the boat to fund children in third world countries. In addition, your donation provides tax benefits, making it a great way to make your move easier and help out those in need at the same time.
Save Your Valuables
Valuables or fragile items can be easily broken when moving. Make sure you take extra care to wrap these items in bubble wrap, shrink-wrap, or some soft towels. You won’t have to worry about them being destroyed, and you’ll be able to easily find them at your new place.
No matter if you’re moving across town or across the country, these tips will help you save time, money, and keep you from having a stress meltdown. If you have concerns about the reliability of movers, try to enlist the help of friends or family for your move. Chances are they’ll do as good a job, and will be willing to work for pizza and beer, saving you even more.