You got your first move done a few years ago, but frankly, it cost a lot more than you thought it would.
The preparation, the actual move, the guys you contracted with to help, the supplies, and the time the entire process took all were more involved, more expensive, and more time-consuming that what you had imagined.
Now that a job change is causing you to move yet another time, you’d like to know some ways to save money.
Even though you considered throwing some things away last time, you saved many items that you now realize are not necessary. You still have a box of old computer accessories, including power, VGA and suspect HDMI cables.
Since you signed onto a music streaming service, you no longer seem to pull out your favorite CDs, and that surfboard you have had since you were a kid has not gotten much use since moving into your Kansas apartment.
Also, your lawnmower has sat idle for the last few years since you don’t have any grass to cut.
Get the picture?
Anything you can give away, sell or just dispose of is one less thing you have to move.
Less stuff means less work, less storage space, and lower transportation costs. Now that you have been through it once, take a seriously critical look at your stuff and get rid of anything you don’t need.
Alternative Moving Methods
You got the big van line company for your last move; you were diligent, you read all of the contract language, you were careful about packing and labeling your stuff, and you had a basically good—but very expensive—experience.
While you didn’t encounter any of the internet-warned problems about illicit moving companies and their practice of holding your belongings hostage, the move was again very costly.
This time consider a container move. With this system, you have a company drop off an appropriate-sized container at your place, you hire a couple of laborers to help you fill it up; you lock it, and the company picks the container up and delivers it to your new residence where you unload. After the container is empty, you merely make a call for pickup.
Good container shipping companies will provide you with an app or a site where you can see exactly where your stuff is at any time. The container stays locked until you reopen it, so no one has access to any of your stuff. One caveat—be sure you learn to pack correctly because some items can shift during a move.
Use the one room at a time method and stick to it. Don’t randomly just pick areas of your house to pack. If you do the kitchen first, you may be eating a lot of fast food until you arrive at your new place.
Choose Your Moving Time Wisely
Everyone else moves at the end of the month. If you can possibly schedule for the middle of the month, you will find more quality help available at possibly lower costs.
Vet Your Vendors
Finally, make sure you carefully research all companies involved in your moving adventure. Just because something looks great on Craigslist, look for online reviews to corroborate any information you find.
Moving is rarely fun, but if you get rid of unwanted items, do your diligence, and are careful about those that you hire to help, your move can be smoother—and, you’ll save money.
Sam Radbil is the lead writer for ABODO Apartments, an online real estate and apartments marketplace with available apartments from Bloomington, Indiana to New York City. Their research and writing has been featured nationally in Curbed, Forbes, Realtor.com, HousingWire and more.