Anyone who has ever moved knows it can be very expensive process. When stress levels are high and you’re trying to move your life from one place to the next in a restricted amount of time, it’s easy to impulsively spend extra money on convenience and forget that money doesn’t grow on trees. Take a step back and evaluate what exactly it is that you need to spend money on during the moving process. Here are a few tricks of the trade that’ll save some cash in the bigger scheme of the move.
- Sell or donate items you want to leave behind.
Moving can provide a fresh start. As you pack up your belongings, you may find that pair of overalls you never wore or a Halloween costume you wore just once tucked in the back of a closet. Ask yourself if you really need these items. “No,” is probably the answer. Fortunately, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Make some money by selling these old items to a thrift shop or donating them. The extra cash can go towards new house items and the donation can be factored into your tax returns.
- Shop wisely for professional services.
You can waste a lot of time and money on moving services if you don’t do your due diligence. As you compare moving companies or professional cleaning services, weigh the pros and cons of paying for the help. Customer reviews on Yelp can shine light on if the outcome is worth the cost. If you can do a better job yourself or use alternatives like PODS (where you pack a portable storage unit at your own leisure and have them pick up and drive it to the final destination) this might be more efficient and more importantly less costly.
- Be your own real estate agent.
Say you’re looking for apartments for rent in NYC, with all the technology and access to information out there, do you really need to hire a real estate agent? You can use apartment hunting sites like ForRent that’ll filter all your housing requirements for you and spit out results instantly. You can take virtual tours and get the run-down on each unit to compare and contrast the options. It can help you skip the commission costs and added service fees that might ultimately be unneeded.
- Don’t pay for moving boxes.
It’s time to think outside the box. Literally. The last thing you need to do is pay for moving boxes when there are so many other places where you can get them for free. Your local grocery store will happily give away boxes—given the fact that they have hundreds of them every day from shipments. And then there’s your office. Your company is likely receiving bulk shipments and throwing away boxes regularly. Recycle them for the good of everyone, including yourself.
- Optimize your utility shut-off dates.
With so many balls in the air, the little to-dos may slip your mind—including utilities. Proactively think about what utilities you’ll need to set up in your new place and what utilities need to end in your old place. As soon as you get exact moving dates, coordinate with your cable, heating, electric and water service providers to transition the account to stop billing at your old home and start up at your new abode. These often forgotten details lead to unnecessary billing overlaps and double utility expenses.
Take a load off your shoulders as you move by taking the aforementioned money saving tips. You may not be thinking about saving money in the midst of the move, but your bank account will thank you after all is said and done and you’re settled in with a bit more cash to spare.