No one enjoys moving home. Buying a new house is fantastic and so is eventually settling in, but no one likes the process of moving from one house to another. It’s time-consuming, expensive and stressful. But your experience doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. You can save time and money on your move, thus making it a more relaxing and less worrisome task to perform. Are the expenses building up and it feels like packing up and moving is going to take months? Use some of the methods below to save yourself some time and money that you can put toward better things.
Use Recycled Packaging
One of the things you can spend a lot of money on when you’re moving home is boxes, tape, and other packaging. On top of being expensive, it’s also not very good for the environment. To reduce your packaging costs, use recycled boxes. You can keep boxes from previous moves or perhaps from things you have purchased or had delivered. Look for people giving away or selling them too, as many people want to get rid of them after moving themselves. There are also some companies that will allow you to hire reusable plastic containers instead.
Choose Your Removal Method Carefully
How you’re going to move your possessions is a significant consideration. There are several different options you can take, including ones for hiring a removal firm and for using a self-drive truck. The option you choose will depend on how much work you want to do yourself, how far you’re traveling, and perhaps other things like whether you have kids or pets. You can hire a truck and do everything yourself, from packing to driving. This is a cheaper method because you don’t have to pay for labor. Or you could hire removal professionals. There is a way you could save on this, which is using a backload removal service. But what are backload removals? Essentially, your possessions will either share space with someone else’s or they will be on a return trip from somewhere. They can be cheaper, but less flexible than full-service or self-service removals.
Clear Out Old Junk
Another way to reduce the cost of your removals, as well as to cut down on time, is to have a clear out before moving. You should go through the whole house and get rid of anything that you don’t want to come with you to the new home. Make different piles for what you want to sell, give to charity, recycle or throw away. You can hold a garage sale for some extra cash, and packing up the removal truck will take less time and cost less money.
Pack Everything Strategically
Packing can take forever, so do it with a plan in mind. If you get organized, you’ll be able to do it all much more quickly. Make a list of everything you need to pack in each room, and tick things off as you go along. You can also have a plan of what needs to go on the truck first, so you save time getting essentials on and off.
It’s easy to save time and money on your home move. You just have to be flexible with the way you do things, and start coming at the task from a different angle.