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Tips for Moving on a Budget

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By Noel Finley

I’ve moved a lot in my life and one thing I learned early on is that moving costs can turn out to be a nasty surprise. It’s unbelievable how many homeowners, including myself, fail to take the cost of moving into account. Then when the bill comes, not only is it a surprise, it’s a struggle to pay it. If you are moving on a budget, be sure to look into moving services here , along with following some of these money saving tips I have learned over the years.

Shop Around

All moving companies weren’t made equal. Shop around and find the best price you can get. There are often huge differences in what a company will charge. Take into account any added extras along the way. These ‘extra services’ can really hit your wallet.

Provide Your Own Packing Materials

Packing doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Instead of leaving this to the professionals, gather boxes and bubble wrap yourself. If you really want to reduce your costs, use the boxes left over from Christmas or get them from a store that’s throwing them out. You can also use layers and layers of newspaper instead of bubble wrap.

Take Smaller Items Yourself

Moving companies will charge by the size of the vehicle or the number of vehicles they need to move your life to the next neighborhood. Take smaller items by yourself. In other words, pack any smaller items you can into your own car during the move. You would be surprised at how much you can get into a car, and doing so will ensure you minimize the price you pay to the moving company.

Choose the Moving Date Wisely

The vast majority of moves occur between the months of May and September. This is where moving companies can really charge a premium for their time, and they most definitely don’t turn down the opportunity. If you move during the peak moving times when trucks and crews are already fully booked, you’re going to have to pay a premium price for your move. If you have the option, pick a moving date in the wintertime when many movers are desperate for the business. This will give you the power to negotiate a much better deal and save a lot of money.

Take What You Need Only

Before you begin packing, edit the household items that you own. Don’t waste time trying to take absolutely everything to your next residence. The extra cost of moving stuff you aren’t going to be using or will only end up in storage simply isn’t worth it. Instead, plan ahead and make some money from them. Sell them for cash months before and use this cash to fund the move and to purchase items you may need when you arrive at your new home.

(Photo courtesy of Jeremy Rempel)


The Queen of Versailles

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I love documentaries. I don’t watch much television but when I do it’s usually a documentary. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I do love me some Big Bang Theory!  Anyway,  I watched The Queen of Versailles this week and loved it!  It’s on Netflix.  What a story!  What a way to find motivation to get rid of even more stuff!  Have you seen this show?  The excess!  The black hole of empty these people are trying to fill!  The lack of a conscience!  Wow. The whole thing blew me away and had me saying aloud (with no one else in the room but the dogs) “Is this real??” I felt profound sadness for these people in spite of the evidence of greed in their world.  It wasn’t all greed as the documentary showed some sides of charity and concern for their employees but the excess!  Wow!

And as I fell asleep it made me think about how we can all so easily be little versions of this craziness.  I’ve been talking a lot about downsizing in recent weeks and just like my food journey–I feel the change really taking root and taking hold.  I’m happy about that.  It feels great! 

To address a couple of questions about my upcoming move:  Yes, I will move car load of things that will lower my moving cost a bit, but the real reason is there are just those items that I prefer to move myself.  I never got an answer to my garage sale question from the HOA and haven’t had a chance to follow up on it but I imagine I’ll still have some things I can sell.  We move on Easter weekend though so I don’t know if that would be a good or bad weekend for a sale.  Maybe I can be ready the week before.  I have been doing a little each day and the downstairs is completely packed.  We have one cabinet of stuff in the kitchen but otherwise all of the boxes are packed!  I’ll tackle the upstairs this weekend although that should be light b/c we underwent major clean out upon my ex’s move out.

I’m still excited about the move and all of the upcoming changes!  Thanks for hanging in there with me and the kids along the way!