More than 11 percent of the U.S. population moves each year, according to the U.S. Census Department. That’s more than 34 million people. If you’re looking at moving this year, you know that a house full of possessions and furniture can be expensive to re-settle. Fortunately, there are some easy (and unexpected) things you can do to help keep your moving costs from breaking the family budget.
1. Draw out Your New Rooms on Graph Paper
To avoid moving furniture that won’t fit in your new house, get out some graph paper or pop in some home improvement software. It’s almost impossible to accurately envision your new living space after just one or two visits. Most people tend to think their rooms are bigger than they really are. Make sure that you don’t pay to move large items that you’ll end up selling when you arrive by measuring your new space and committing it to paper.
2. Consider Replacing, Rather than Moving Bulky Items
Unless they have sentimental value, large and heavy items, such as rugs, exercise equipment, patio furniture and that swing set, will likely be less expensive to replace than to move. Plus, by replacing them, you’ll have brand new items that you know will coordinate well and fit in your new home.
3. Don’t Pay for Packing Materials
New cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and other packing supplies can make a big dent in your moving budget. Instead of buying new, look for recycled moving supplies from people who have just moved on websites like freecycle.org, theboxbuddies.com and movingboxessmart.com. Beer boxes from your local pub make great containers for books or other heavy items. Of course, when you’ve unpacked, send your boxes to another mover to earn a little cash and to keep them out of the landfill.
4. Arrange Parking for the Moving Van
If you’re moving to a new condo, apartment or house without a large enough driveway, it’s a good idea to arrange for parking for the van ahead of time. If the moving crew has to park down the street and carry your items from there, it will take longer and cost more money. Get a parking permit if possible or park your vehicles on the street and move them when the van arrives. For more information, contact Bekins Van Lines Inc.
No one wants to spend any more than necessary to move their possessions from one house to another. Help keep your moving costs in check by recycling packing supplies, thinking twice about moving those large, heavy items and graphing your new rooms so you’ll know what to take and what to leave behind.