Friday 13 December 2013

Six Creative Ways You Can Save Money during the Moving Process

Real estate is full of possibilities right now. If you have been watching the market, you might be thinking that now is the time to pack up and move. Here are six tips to help you save money on the moving process.

Don’t Buy Boxes

Moving companies will sell you boxes, but if you know where to look, you can get all the boxes you need for nothing. Grocery stores are mainstays, but there are many other places to look. Check offices for sturdy paper boxes with lids. Hospital and laboratory supplies come in strong double-walled boxes. Restaurants will have lidded boxes for tomatoes and potatoes. 

Skip the Bubble Wrap

The same goes for packing supplies. Don’t waste money on bubble wrap when you could use newspaper, bedding and other things to wrap your valuables. Check grocery stores on Monday mornings. Many of them will have boxes of unsold Sunday papers with the UPC removed that are free for the taking.

Box Everything

It is tempting to leave out the big stuff like lamps and sculptures, but you should box them if at all possible. Boxed items are more protected and stack-able, so you will not waste time and energy finding safe nooks to tuck everything in the moving van.

Seriously Clean House

Those racks of clothes that have been collecting dust in the back of your closet? Donate them to a thrift store. Do you have an attic full of long-forgotten knickknacks? Hold a yard sale to get rid of it. These things will take up lots of time, energy and van space. If you haven’t used it in over a year, chances are you won’t miss it.

Avoid Storage Units

Many people think that loading large pieces of furniture and other things into a self-store unit will help with moving. The reality is, you are going to be moving those items twice and paying money for the privilege. If your new home doesn't have the space, you might reconsider keeping some things. Keep in mind that sometimes the cost of a storage unit is more than the items it houses.

Get Organized

According to the experts at Santa Monica Real Estate, set a date to move and stick to it. This way, you can notify utility companies of exact times when to shut off or start new service. You wouldn't want to have to pay an extra month’s phone bill because you waited a week too long to cancel service.

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