Unless you’ve committed to becoming a minimalist, the idea of moving on a tight budget can fill you with dread. You have so much stuff and so little money. How will you make it all work? Check out these strategies for relocating in Raleigh without spending a fortune.
DIY vs. Professional Movers: Research Costs
The first place you may think to save money is to handle the move yourself. This could be a mistake. It doesn’t always work out that hiring a moving company is more expensive than a DIY move. In fact, it’s more affordable than you think. But do the research anyway so you can see for yourself.
You may assume a rental truck is cheaper, and that you can gather a few friends to help you on moving day. But the truth is, often times people spend more money on truck rentals than if they were just to hire professionals in the first place. And finding all those friends to help you is harder than it seems. They may all be “busy” when you need them. Check out these tips to help you decide:
- If you are thinking about hiring movers, gather three quotes from various Raleigh moving companies. You can save money on movers by negotiating with them, or by booking your move in the off season or during the week. You will be surprised to learn that many companies lower their prices by up to 30 percent when you choose off-peak times.
- Read online reviews, ask for references, and check their credentials with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System.
- If you decide to DIY, plan the move when it’s not rush hour. Poor gas mileage can result when overladen with stuff in the truck or car, so take your time, plan it out, and travel during off-peak hours.
- If you want a combination of the two options, hire labor only movers for the heavy stuff and do the rest yourself.
Get Free Boxes
Another way to save money is to gather free boxes rather than pay a premium at the store. Here are your options:
- Bring empty boxes home from the office (with permission from the boss of course). Printer paper boxes are the best for this.
- Ask friends for boxes who may have recently moved themselves. They may have leftovers you can use.
- Post on social media to ask for free boxes from your network.
- Check sites like Freecycle and Craigslist’s Free section.
- Drive around your town or neighborhood on recycling day and score some empty boxes.
- Check with your local liquor store. They will have plenty of boxes that are strong enough to hold large glass bottles, so they’ll be more than adequate to store your books and collectibles.
- Check retail stores. Many retail and big box stores will have piles of unused boxes they may let you take.
- Check at the front of your local grocery store. Many times, they also have piles of boxes that were used to transport cereal and other dry goods. Stay away from the ones that stored fresh fruits and vegetables.
Time Your Utility Shut-Down Dates Properly
Many utility companies will not prorate your bill as of the departure date. You will end up having to pay for the entire month even if you aren’t in the home for the last week or two. If you find that your billing cycle won’t line up exactly in accordance with your moving date, cut off service a bit early to avoid paying for a whole extra month you won’t need. Don’t worry, you can survive without cable for a few days. However, don’t take this same approach with your electricity company!
Ditch Extraneous Stuff
You can save money by weeding through your belongings and getting rid of stuff you no longer need. That’s because you will pay less for the fewer items you have on the truck. It makes sense. One truckload will cost a whole lot less than two. If you’ve been thinking of purging anyway, this is the time to do it. Eliminate extra weight in the truck and you save cash. It’s that simple.
Sell all that extra stuff online or hold a yard sale. Donate what you can’t sell. Throw out everything that’s left after that.
Keep Track of Expenses
Keep receipts and an inventory of all expenses you pay that are relating to moving. If you meet certain criteria, such as moving for business purposes, you can deduct certain expenses on your taxes. Check the IRS criteria beforehand so you know exactly what you can claim and what you can’t.
Be Creative When Packing
Use what’s already in your home to pack up your stuff. Fill luggage, keep clothing in drawers, and wrap valuables in bed linens and towels. You can even wrap small valuables in coffee filters, which provide cushion but won’t transfer ink like newspaper will. Why pay all that money for expensive moving supplies like bubble wrap when you have so many things on hand already to make the task easier and cheaper?
In the end, moving isn’t easy. It can be stressful and time consuming. But one thing you can control is how much money you spend. Heed these tips to keep costs low so you can have more available cash once you’re all moved in.
Contact Excellent Point Movers
After doing your research, we are confident you will see that hiring professional movers from our Raleigh company is the best way to save money and stress on your next move. For a FREE quote, contact us at 919-980-9158. We are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can help with all aspects of your move.