4 Tips to Help You Save Money when Moving

By Monica Cisneros Heyne, May 22, 2014, Moving, Save Money

4 Tips to Help You Save Money when MovingRegardless of whether you have movers, are doing it yourself, or have coerced your friends into helping out, you have a long road ahead of you any time you plan to move. No matter how prepared you think you are, there are going to be a couple of bumps in the road on the way to your new home. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 4 simple steps to help you save money on your move.

  1. Setting Up Utilities, Phone, Cable, and Internet. Moving to a new home means setting up new service for utilities, phone, cable, and internet. This can be time-consuming and costly. They will run a credit check and depending on your score you may be required to make a deposit, so keep this in mind when you are planning your moving budget, as numerous deposit charges can add up quickly. If you’re looking for some extra-special help with your move, call the Bounce Energy Move Concierge at 1-877-620-0837 for assistance – one call does it all! We also recommend that you visit Bounce Energy Connections to learn about our great deals on bundled services.
  2. Move on an “Off” Day. When it comes to moving costs (and if you have the luxury of choice), avoid peak times for moving when most people are relocating. Many leases are up at the end of the month, so there is competition for the moving truck and crew, making schlepping your belongings at this time pricier. Weekday moving rates also tend to be lower.
  3. Eliminate Clutter. If you’re anything like me, you always underestimate how much stuff you have, which means buying extra boxes or throwing things into plastic bags at the last minute. Once I got married, my husband called me out on my hoarding ways, so I’ve adopted the mantra of “An uncluttered house equals an uncluttered life.” (He might be right, but I’ll never tell him so.) If you can’t remember the last time you wore something, chances are it’s time to move on. Get ready for your move by donating items to a local charity or have a garage sale to make a little extra money. The less you have to pack, the more money and time you will save.
  4. Never Pay for Packing Materials. Brand new cardboard boxes are expensive. Skip paying for boxes by raiding recycling centers and restaurants, or check Craigslist for people who have just moved and are looking to unload their boxes. While strong, durable boxes are a great find, uniformity in box size will make the move easier.  And since bubble wrap and other packing materials are expensive, use items you already have such as bed linens, towels, and clothing. Save old newspapers, but be careful about what you wrap in them, as newsprint ink will smudge on dishes.

Moving from one home to another is typically unpleasant and stressful. There is really no way around it, but by taking a few simple steps to help save money, your move can be a more palatable experience and hopefully make the transition to your new home easier.

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