How can you save money during a move? Itâ€™s a good question, but a tricky one to answer.
The secret to success is to not get emotional about your move, but remain calm and detached. Instead of feeling emotional about leaving familiar people and predictable situations behind and stepping into an uncertain new way of life, think things through and move in a logistic way.
This means thinking about the moving process in advance, instead of waiting until the last minute. Procrastinating and making impulsive decisions will increase your expenses unnecessarily. Have a moving plan, even down to planning the order in which certain items will be moved.
Money Saving Tips
Here are 4 tips to increase how efficiently and cost-effectively you move:
- Work with a national moving company.
Working with a national moving company like North American who has a great reputation for keeping costs down is the best way to reduce expenses. Although it seems logical that the cheapest way to move is to just ask your friends for help and rent a truck, this is really not a good idea. Because youâ€™re winging it, your incidental costs will go up while your rate of efficiency will go down. In the long run, all your costs and the inefficient way you move will add up and you will pay more than if you worked with a professional moving company. You will also feel more scattered and exhausted.
Here is how you imagine things will work out:
After you call your friends, they will all show up eager to help you as much and for as long as you need, and youâ€™ll all then celebrate with a beer and pizza party.
However, here is how things will probably work out:
Some friends will be able to come and help you move while others will be too busy to lend a helping hand. Then, not everyone who said they will help you will show up and those who do show up will rarely be on time. As you work, some will talk more than work while others will do a clumsy job, break things, and ruin your furniture. Finally, many will leave before all the work gets done leaving you to do most of the heavy lifting.
As for the truck, you will find a wide variety of rates, and the cheapest truck will probably also be the one most likely to have mechanical problems. Additionally, the rental company will probably offer you the worst customer service. You get what you pay for.
A large number of things that can go wrong when you donâ€™t have a plan, donâ€™t know what youâ€™re doing, rely on a voluntary labor force, and choose a rundown truck rental company because the price is right.
- Donâ€™t take what you donâ€™t need with you.
As you go through your belongings, youâ€™ll be amazed at how much stuff youâ€™ve bought over the years, and you might even be distressed at how much money youâ€™ve wasted on things you rarely used. Youâ€™ll also find many obsolete things, broken things, and things you have completely lost interest in. Taking all this stuff with you is a waste of money. It’s time to declutter.
Here are 2 efficient steps to declutter:
- 1. Choose two dedicated spaces. They could be whole rooms or parts of a room with open space. In one space, begin to pile what you want to take with you; and in the other, what you donâ€™t want anymore.
- 2. Now that you have two piles, find boxes to put away all the things that you want to take and find ways to get rid of all the things you donâ€™t want to take. If itâ€™s broken, trash it. If itâ€™s useful for someone you know, give it away. And if itâ€™s useful but you donâ€™t know who might want it, donate it to goodwill.
- Decide between doing it yourself or hiring someone.
The first impulse most people have is to do all the packing themselves. After all, they know what they want to do with everything. However, if you have a good salary, say, earning $25 an hour, and you can hire someone for $10 an hour, it will cost you $200 a day to do it yourself, based on an 8 hour working day, when you consider lost wages and only $80 a day to have someone else do it for you. In fact, you can even get two packers to work for $160 a day, which would still leave you with $40 more than if you had done all the work yourself.
- Cut off your prepay services ahead of time.
Many household services you use will ask you to pay a month ahead. This works out fine when you want to ensure that you have the services in the month to come, but if youâ€™re moving you are paying for services that you wonâ€™t use.
Moving is difficult. Itâ€™s emotionally challenging. It disrupts your lifestyle. And it can be physically exhausting. You are only adding to the pressure on yourself by packing in a random way. When you are indecisive, you fluctuate between procrastinating and scrambling to make up for lost time. By planning ahead of time, you are able to save money and avoid a moving-day migraine.