I’m not going to lie; I’m no expert when it comes to moving. Since leaving my childhood home, I’ve only moved twice… and one of those times I used movers. The boyfriend, on the other hand, has quite a bit of experience. He’s moved 8 times in the past five years… that’s an average of over once per year! Talk about commitment issues! With his last move fresh on his mind, I asked Nate for the best of his thrifty moving tips:
*Start slowly. By dropping in with a few boxes at a time in the weeks leading up to the move, Nate not only cut down on the moving day work, but also reduced his load enough so that we could rent a less expensive (smaller) truck. In addition, he ended up not having to buy any additional boxes because he was able to load and unload using the same durable Rubbermaid containers over and over. (Oh, and may I mention that he shoved all of his clothes in garbage bags? *sigh* Boys!)
*Find move-in specials. The upfront fees associated with moving into a new place take up a large chunk of the expense of moving.
For renters: Nate lived in one apartment complex because they offered $0 move-in for the employees at the large company that he worked for. Some places might offer discounts for government employees, long-term leases, or referrals.
For buyers: Ask for closing costs to be included in your offer. Oh, and how about that $8000 tax credit for first-timers?
*Go DIY. Movers can be expensive! Rent or borrow a truck then bribe some friends to help you save big..
*Make some donations. Some thrift stores will actually move your large furniture items away for you! To top it off, you could be eligible for a tax deduction on the donation!
The number one tip that Nate offered to save on moving costs?
Don’t move. Instead, spend that money on something to improve living in your current place.At first, I was a little frustrated with this statement. I mean, I asked him for tips on moving! But really, this is a great thought. Even if you follow all of the above advice, there are set-up fees for things like internet, cable, and electric that you’ll never avoid. With the costs of moving in the hundreds and up (think about those crazy closing costs on a home!), why not spend the money on a new rug that transforms the feel of your room or a bathroom renovation that changes the way you live? Nate estimates that with everything included, he spent over $300 in moving fees for each move (and he never hired movers or bought boxes). Think about what else that money would buy you!
Why pay closing costs when you could turn a bathroom around for $3,200?
tiny shower before
Have any great thrifty moving tips that you like to use?
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