Moving is a tedious and difficult process. In most of the cases it can even get really expensive. Even if you decide to do the moving yourself, and not spend any money on professional moving services, your expenses may be boosted by unexpected circumstances. In order to do your moving on a budget, you need to be smart and think outside the box. Out there, there are dozens of opportunities for you to take; you just have to put all your energy in it.
How to cut down on moving costs depends on two key factors: how you do it and when you do it.
About the “how” part
You can either hire a professional removal company to do it all for you or spare yourself the financial discharge and do it yourself. However, since the second option requires too much of a physical effort and is almost unbearably difficult to be performed by a single person, there is an option in between these two.
Call a friend
If you have good friends you know you can count on, you can try and ask them to help you out in exchange for a night out to a restaurant/bar or simply throw a party in their honor at your new house when everything is already moved and put in order.
If you decide to take advantage of a man and van service, there is still something you can do on your behalf in order to at least slightly reduce the overall price of your moving. What you can do is to take packing in your own hands and call the moving brigade to simply perform the actual moving. Most moving companies usually charge less for only moving rather than for packing plus moving.
The “when” aspect of the question
This is only relevant if you depend on a removal company. Such companies charge more if they need to perform removals on weekends and public holidays. Some companies even have bigger fees depending on the season. Usually, summertime is the most expensive period.
But take into consideration the “when” part even if you plan on doing it all by yourself. Because, after all, you will have to rent a truck for the purpose, which will also cost you more if you do it on a weekend/public holiday.
Cut the expenses for packing
Another way for you to save some money would be to cut down on moving boxes expenses. There are plenty of ways to acquire free or at least pretty cheap boxes. If you feel adventurous, you can go to a cardboard recycling facility and get all the boxes you need for free. Another option is to check internet ads placed by people who have just moved and have dozens of boxes they don’t need and are ready to part with at a low price. If you have a local liqueur store, you can drop by and ask them. Liqueur boxes are ideal for the purpose you need them for, and store employees would be more than willing to help you out. In other words, just ask around and let everybody know you are moving and you need boxes. People are usually surprised by what they might find in their garages/attics.
Moving on a budget is easier than it actually appears. It just takes some preparation and dedication.