9 Ways to Save Money, Time, and Energy on Preparing for Moving Day

By Adam P. Newton, June 5, 2013, FAQs, Moving, Save Money

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There are very few people who enjoy the process of moving, as wonderful as your new home might be. It can be physically and emotionally difficult to pack up your entire home and switch locations, but it is a job that most people need to do at least a few times over the course of their lives. So, if you’re facing an impending move in the next few weeks and months, here are a few moving tips that can make your big move less stressful and more rewarding.

Packing Tips

1) Start Packing Early. Seriously – begin packing several weeks, or even several months in advance. Items such as wall fixtures, picture frames, and out of season clothes can all be packed away with little disruption to the daily lives of the moving family. When beginning far enough in advance, packing for your big move can be relatively hassle-free, and you save money on what it would cost to hire professional movers. It also allows you time to make sure that your fragile belongings are handled and packed correctly, which can help prevent problems later on.

2) Find Used Boxes. Rather than shelling out money at U-Haul or other common places to buy cardboard boxes, take some trips to the town or city recycling center and see what can be salvaged. Similarly, rather than spending money on packing materials like bubble wrap, use blankets and sheets to wrap valuables to keep them from breaking. You can also ask your friends on Facebook or Twitter if any of them have had their own moving day recently and then take their boxes.

3) Downsize. As drawers are opened and basement boxes sorted through, you should carefully consider how much you want to take with you to your new home. Once you figure out what you want to pack up, just donate the rest. There should also be practical considerations. For example, if you’re moving from somewhere like Michigan to a state like Florida, you can probably donate a good portion of your heavy winter clothes – you just won’t need them. If you downsize effectively, you help save money, time, and energy it would take the transport unnecessary items to the new home (and those donations might earn you a few tax credits at the same time).

4) Clear the Floor of Kids. As callous as it might sound, it would be helpful to use babysitters for small children when packing. Having small children to worry about while trying to be productive preparing for your big move will only make the process more stressful. Ask a trusted babysitter or family member to take any children out for several hours on a couple designated “packing days” and use them wisely. Not having the children around can help the adults save time and get tasks done more efficiently.

5) Organize. Try to keep boxes and packages organized as logically as possible, for example putting all kitchen equipment together. Label all boxes clearly to save time packing on moving day and when unpacking later in your new home. It is also a good idea to designate one box for all important papers and documents, such as passports and housing deeds, so they are easy to find in the chaos.

Practical Tips

1) Change Your Address with Ease. Filling out all of those annoying “Change of Address” forms for various mailing publications can seem like a daunting task. To simplify it, open spreadsheet and record all magazines, bills, and other important items that are received in mail on a regular basis at least two months in advance. Monitor the mail and write in other items that are received throughout the month to avoid forgetting anything. Use the spreadsheet to record any action taken to change the address. Even after this process is completed, it is always a good idea to notify the post office to forward the mail for a couple of months after your big move to make sure nothing slipped through the cracks and didn’t get delivered to your new home.

2) Communicate with Your Electricity Company. It can be troublesome trying to notify electricity companies of changes in account addresses, especially when you want to ensure that you have power at your new house or apartment when the boxes arrive on moving day. This process should begin at least a few weeks in advance. Contact the various companies to learn what the process is to change address and be sure to document everything. Once everything has been changed to the address for your new home, go back and double check that the companies have the correct dates and addresses on record. It is far less stressful and cheaper to make sure that the utility companies are on the same page than to try and go back and retroactively fix a mistake – no one wants to be responsible for two bills if the gas or electricity aren’t turned off in your name. This may also be a good time to check with different companies such as cable or cell phone and see if there are any new deals that can offer cheaper rates.

3) Pack Your Own Pod. Rather than using movers, consider using a pod. With a pod, the company will drop the container off at the house, allowing you the chance to load it yourself as you pack, and then return on moving day and cart the pod to the new destination. This can help you save money on movers, as well as save time by making the entire process more manageable: with a pod, there is no pressing scramble to get everything set before the movers arrive. Since you can load boxes as they are packed, it can also help them stay more organized and relaxed.

4) Protect the Family Valuables. Get valuable family jewels and other high cost items appraised and documented before packing. This can help with claims should any items be damaged or stolen in the move. A moving company will offer insurance to protect against these instances, but sometimes homeowners’ insurance can also protect high-value items. Always check your insurance policy before moving.

Creating a stress-free moving day comes from planning ahead to prevent the various tasks from building up into last-minute, stressful chaos. It also helps by allowing you the necessary time to take care of more of the processes yourself and spending less money to hire others. Keeping these tips in mind can make the entire moving process progress smoother and help you save money by avoiding unnecessary expenses.

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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