While moving into a new home or apartment often comes with the excitement of new surroundings, moving on a budget takes planning and can get stressful rather quickly.
Make Your Moving Budget
Estimate how much your move will cost by considering what factors affect your moving costs. Most moving companies offer a base rate no matter how much you’re moving but add on by the hour. Ask if they charge extra for specialty items as some will charge a fee to remove bulky items for you.
Avoid Moving During Peak Seasons
Consider Renting a Truck/Trailer
The cheapest way to move locally is by DIY as much as possible which saves a ton of money when moving on a budget. Add up how much it’d cost you to move yourself and compare it to hiring professional movers.
Do you own a truck, a vehicle that can tow, or know someone who does? Yes? Great! Rent a trailer to tow your items and save even more on your moving budget. This option is especially great for long-distance moves that also are moving multiple vehicles.
A 6′ x 12′ Cargo Trailer can fit a 1 to 2-bedroom apartment, packed right. However, if you’re moving a whole house or have a lot of bulky furniture this option won’t work for you.
Uhaul’s largest moving truck rental size is 26 feet, which is enough for a 3 to 4-bedroom home. You can cut long-distance moving costs down by driving your own moving truck.
Move Cheaply by Downsizing
What is the best tip for moving on a budget? Cut down on how much bulky furniture you’re moving. Getting rid of items before you move lowers the amount of time loading the truck, which also saves money if you’re paying movers by the hour. What’s more, your moving truck rental could be smaller and cost less which helps make moving house on a budget feasible.
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