It’s not just the cost of renting a truck that you have to consider when you move to a new place. There are many other smaller expenses that can creep up on you and add up to your final costs.
Here are some of the items that can take their toll on your pockets. Look out for these, especially when you are tied to a small budget:
Buying new packing boxes
When it’s time to pack up for the big day, many people end up buying a lot of boxes and many rolls of heavy-duty packing tape. Buying new ones in bulk still cost around $2.50 each.
To save money, consider saving some of the boxes from your grocery or packages months before your moving day.
If you are pressed for time, consider visiting your local supermarket to pick up some boxes before they crush or flatten them. You might get the boxes for free.
Outsourcing a cleaner
Paying for a cleaner starts at roughly $25 an hour. If you want to save a few hundred bucks, consider cleaning up as you pack. Spend at least one weekend cleaning every nook and corner of the house as well.
Moving huge items and furniture pieces
Heavy and cumbersome items often get damaged when you move them from one place to another. Expect additional charges when you are moving them.
If you are downsizing or moving to a smaller place, consider selling these oversized items and furniture pieces before moving.
If you can’t sell them because the items have sentimental value to you and your family, storing them in a secure storage space near your new house.
Buying special packaging for fragile items
Packing delicate items like vases, wine glasses, chinaware, and aquarium requires special packaging to prevent accidental breakage in the moving truck. You will need bigger boxes, lots of cushioning material, styrofoam, air pillows, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, impact detectors, and fragile stickers/tape.
Moving more than you need to move
Spring cleaning and decluttering is essential before the big day. It makes more sense because you are cutting the number of items that you are moving to your new place, and this could potentially cut costs.
Moving your gun collection or any weapon
It might not be cumbersome, but moving any firearm or weapon across states can be tricky. Do your research, make sure that it is stored properly, and declare it on your public liability insurance provider. Transporting these will increase insurance costs for sure.
To save money, many movers ask favors from their friends. When they agreed to help, make sure to return the favor. Volunteer to pay for gas, plus the food and beverages to keep the troops happy. You are not paying for labor anymore; the least you can do is make the move an enjoyable experience for them.
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