Even if you are just moving across town, the time and expense that goes into relocating are outrageous. Moving may be a necessary evil, due to a job change or having outgrown your last house, but there are ways to make it more affordable and bearable. Here’s your start to a more cost-efficient moving strategy.
Use Free or Cheap Labor
Hiring a moving company will take a lot of money, even if you don’t think you have that much stuff. You are better off putting in the time and effort to pack your own boxes and enlisting the help of friends and family. You may just have to offer free pizza and beer, which is an affordable alternative to hundreds of dollars for a professional moving crew.
Get Free Boxes
You will get sticker shock when looking at big-box retailers for moving boxes. Between the tape and bubble wrap, you will go broke trying to buy a box for every item. There are some companies that will let you take from their used box stash, so long as you speak with a manager first. There are also plenty of contacts on social networking sites that would be willing to gather boxes for you. Check places like Craigslist as well for people getting rid of their old boxes.
Use a Utility Trailer
Moving vans can be expensive, so if you don’t have a lot of stuff, you could be better off with a small tow trailer instead. You may need a friend with a truck and the number to a utility trailer rental Pacific WA company, but this is definitely a cheaper option for hauling living room furniture or your bed around town.
These three tips will save you a lot of money on moving. Just make sure you practice good lifting tips so you don`t have to spend money on a chiropractor after the move.