As if finding a new place to live wasn’t stressful enough, now you have years worth of stuff to move. Before you make the costly moving mistakes those before you made, take a look at these tips to ensure a smooth (and cheaper) process.
I don’t know what it is about the summer, but it seems like everyone is just itching to swap out their apartment. With so many friends moving, I decided to look into ways to save during the process.
Pack it Up!
The first part—and one of the most crucial—to the moving process. Although the post office sells plenty of new boxes that come in all shapes and sizes, you should never pay for a moving box. If you go into a number of local grocery stores or other merchants they often give away empty boxes for free. Instead of packing up your towels and t-shirts utilize them as cushioning for those fragile items when you run out of newspaper.
One of the most helpful things you can do while packing up is getting rid of excess. Yes, it is easy to get caught up in sentimental items, but do you really need that seashell your ex-boyfriend gave you in your new place? By throwing out all your extra stuff, you can get a fresh start to a clutter-free life.
One of the great things about living in New York, is I can probably comfortably pack-up all of my belongings in one car considering my apartment is the size of a walk-in closet, but for the rest of the country this may not be the case.
When looking into moving companies or trucks there are important factors to consider: gas, size and length of time you are in need of the van. You should never settle on the first company you talk to, the best way to ensure you get a good price is to call at least 5 different moving services.
People move for different circumstances and it’s not always easy to hand-pick the date of your move, but if you can plan it out, avoid moving during the busy season which lasts from mid June to early September—prices usually run higher around then.
When it comes to getting insurance on the truck it is generally a good idea, but first make sure that your move isn’t already covered by your own insurance so you don’t have to pay extra.
Before you even get into the truck, make sure to throughly inspect every inch of the vehicle. Look for dents, scratches or anything else you may be charged for.
I’m Leaving on an Airplane
When I moved to New York from the Midwest I decided to take with me two of the biggest suitcases I can find—don’t do this. Many airlines charge crazy-expensive fees for having luggage over the 50 pound limit. Although it may not seem like it, it is much cheaper to ship luggage over USPS.
Overweight luggage can cost you anywhere from $30 to $150 depending on the airline, while USPS has flat fees for certain sized boxes. If you do not want to use a flat-rate box shipping your stuff is still less expensive than it would be to pay for checked and overweight baggage.
You’ve Got A Friend in Me
This one is almost too obvious to list, but friends are always the best bet when it comes to moving. If you are planning on asking some buddies to help you out make sure to offer dinner or drinks for the help. There is nothing like enjoying a pizza and a beer after a hard day of moving.