Moving is a hassle. It’s expensive, it takes time and energy, and it can be really stressful. But moving doesn’t have to be so difficult if you’re prepared with the right knowledge and tools!
To help you get started, we’ve collected some of our favorite tips for making your next move as easy as possible. From packing to unpacking, here are 10 simple ways to make life easier when moving on a budget:
1. Start Early
Moving on a budget is much easier when you start early. If you choose to use professional movers – the least expensive and most convenient way to move – the moving day will be there before you know it! To avoid any unpleasant surprises, prepare as much as possible beforehand.
Have all of your belongings labeled using permanent ink so that you know exactly what goes where in your new home. Consider labeling shelves, drawers, and closets with sticky notes instead of permanent ink to save time when moving day arrives.
2. Use the Internet
The internet is an excellent resource for saving time & money when you move! Before getting help from professional movers on moving day, do some research to figure out the most efficient moving plan for you.
3. Hire a Moving Company
Hiring a moving company gives you an opportunity to take as much time as you need during your move. With professional movers, packing doesn’t have to start until 2 weeks before your scheduled move date, and unpacking can take place as soon as you arrive in your new home. Moving on a budget is made even easier with professional movers!
4. Pack Lightly
Packing lightly means that you bring the essentials but leave unnecessary items behind. This will save space and money on the moving truck when it’s time to move. If you’re worried about forgetting something when you’re packing, bring a digital camera or take pictures of important items and places in your home.
5. Check for Moving Grants and Charities
Chances are, you have more options than just hiring a moving company when it comes to moving on a budget. Luckily there are a lot of charities that help with moving expenses such as packing, logistics, rent, etc. Many organizations and charitable foundations offer grants for low-income families who need help with the cost of moving from one place to another. Some helpful places to look: your local community center, social service office, or church charity group.
6. Take Advantage of Tax Deductions
Moving expenses are eligible for tax deductions! Your moving expenses will make your move easier on your wallet! Keep accurate copies of all your receipts and save them in a folder.
7. Get Help from Friends & Family
Friends and family members often enjoy helping out with the cost of moving, even if they don’t have the money to do so. Consider asking them for a hand when it comes time to pack up or unpack boxes. Don’t be afraid to tap into your social support network for help.
8. Be Creative with Packing
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to packing. Use plastic bins and boxes, which can be easily stacked or stored in your new home until you have time to unpack them. If you’re tight on space, consider renting a storage unit for extra room.
9. Don’t Overlook Your Pets.
While it’s tempting to leave your pets behind when moving on a budget, this can be an emotionally difficult experience for both you and your pet. Paying extra to take them with you is worth the cost and effort if it means that they’ll feel more at home in their new home. In addition, moving with your pets requires certain preparations, such as acquiring a pet carrier for the trip and making sure that all necessary shots are up to date.
10. Travel Lightly
Traveling light on moving day is something of an art form! Moving from one place to another requires lots of bags, so it’s easy to get frustrated when they start weighing you down. However, there are tips and tricks to traveling lightly.
Keep only as many bags/boxes with you on moving day as you can reach without taking a step or hitting your head on something! This will make transporting things a lot easier later on in the day. Packing light is important so that you can avoid hiring large trucks to haul everything from one home to another.
When you move on a budget, there are plenty of ways for you to save money and go easy on your wallet. By taking advantage of moving tax deductions, using the internet as a resource for planning your move, hiring professional movers, applying for moving grants and charitie, getting help from family & friends, and saving money on pet travel expenses- you’ll have no problem making your move a relatively painless and inexpensive one. Good luck!
Also see: Costly Moving Mistakes to Avoid