Moving can be expensive. If you have to sell a house, buy a house, move across the state or even across the country, those relocation costs can add up quickly. But, there are some tips, hacks, and shortcuts you can take to make your relocation a little easier on the wallet. Here are 10 tips for relocating on the cheap.
#1. Ask for help.
Obviously, if we ask for help we don't have to pay for it other than maybe a case of beer and a pizza or two, but, getting others to help you can make the entire process much easier. You can trade services, babysitting, or just a meal or two.
#2. Start collecting packing materials early.
Any time you have something shipped to you, retain the box, shipping materials, and any other packing supplies liquor stores are a great place to get heavy-duty boxes that are segregated, which make packing glasses and breakables much easier. Collect newspapers, bubble wrap, and any old blankets to protect furniture that's going with you.
#3. Have a "hold all" box.
Have one large plastic tub or box where you keep all of your must-have items such as pens, markers, scissors, packing tape, important documents, toiletries, and medicines or anything that you might need last minute or one of the first things you'll need in your new home.
#4. Label everything.
You don't need to go to extremes by buying boxes that are already pre-labels. Do it yourself by marking boxes with the exact contents and where those contents belong. Be sure to pack the things you'll need first last.
#5. Clean up as you go.
Often times the final cleaning can cost quite a bit, especially if you are so tired from packing you just want to hire a cleaning company to come in once everything is done. If you pack up an area, give it a good cleaning immediately after space has been cleared. This could prevent you from hiring cleaners or just doing it all yourself.
#6. Start now with donating and tossing.
If you're planning on having a garage sale, organize your garage so that you have donation items, for sale items, and trash and clean up as you go. Sell anything that's in good shape to give you a little bit of cash for the road.
#7. Double duty all of your linens.
Clothes, towels, blankets, and all linens can be used to wrap other things that you don't have to spend money on bubble wrap or specialty containers. Use towels to packing around dishes and rep blankets around pieces of furniture.
#8. Pack strategically.
Give yourself enough time to make sure you pack strategically using every bit of space in the most logical way. Not only do you want to maximize the space but you wanted to be protected so become a master at packing Tetris.
#9. Check out hotel deals.
If you're traveling long-distance, see how you can save with hotel deals. Often hotels along the way will offer discounts and incentives and it might be more beneficial to call directly into books through an external travel site.
#10. Wait to buy until you've settled in.
Before you rush out and buy things you think you're going to need, let yourself settle in and make a list of items that you might need the first week.