Moving is one of the most stressful and exciting events in our lives. It’s wonderful to think of some new place, job, making new friends or being reunited with family. Still, it is a chore and expense no one looks forward to.
The cost of moving can be the hardest obstacle for many to tackle. Although there is certainly no way to avoid spending money, there are some definite ways to limit what you’re spending. Here are some tips for keeping control of the process and your moving budget.
1. Stay Organized With a Plan and Budget.
Your stress can be greatly minimized if you know what to expect and when especially when it comes to your moving budget.
- Set a limit. Give yourself a little wiggle room for the unexpected and unavoidable (there’s always something), and stick to that budget as much as possible.
- Make a to-do list. Make a schedule and list, so nothing important is forgotten and costs you later.
- Truck size. To help determine what size truck you will need for moving, you may choose a space in a room, garage, or other location where you can mark off the actual size you must accommodate. This will make for fewer surprises or extra expenses on moving day.
2. Compare Truck Prices.
The price of rental trucks fluctuates greatly depending on where you are moving from and to and when. You should compare prices between rental truck companies, professional moving services, and portable storage. Some factors are how much you are moving, how far, and how much help you will need both loading and unloading. If you opt for professional movers, be sure to compare rates from several companies. Whether you’re looking for cheap moving companies in Houston or El Paso, remember to make sure they’re licensed through the TX DMV and insured before you hire.
There are generally few reasons to purchase boxes. Many retail stores will save boxes for you if you ask. Smaller boxes mean less weight to carry. Liquor stores generally have strong boxes, but there are many sources. When you have finished with the boxes, check around for possible money-making recycling options.
4. Shut Off Unnecessary Utilities, Etc.
Make a list of all your monthly utility payments, club memberships, etc. Any bills such as cable or internet service that could be discontinued ahead of time should be closed as soon as possible, and arrangement made for other utilities so that you are not charged for additional months.
5. Minimize As Soon As Possible
It is never too soon to start sorting and cutting down on unneeded items. Larger items can be advertised in the local paper, on sites like Craigslist or sold with smaller items in a yard sale. If you donate items, make sure you get a receipt for possible tax deduction.
6. List All Moving Expenses
Are you making a job-related move? If so, will they reimburse your expenses? Even if the answer is no, it is a good idea to keep track of all moving expenses for possible tax deduction purposes.
With some planning, moving can be less stressful and expensive than you think. Having a positive mindset can make all the difference, and will cost you much less a peace of mind. Enjoy the adventure!