Nobody likes moving day. But it's not just because of how stressful it can be (both mentally and physically, in most cases). It's because of how expensive it can be.
So don't get overwhelmed during your move. Check out these simple tips to help your moving day go as smoothly and cheaply as possible!
First of all, don't automatically assume that if you hire a moving company, you'll burn right through your moving budget. A lot of people actually end up spending more money renting their own U-Haul than they would if they'd just looked into an affordable moving service.
Try to get a few quotes from different moving companies in your area. And just because they have set rates doesn't mean you can't try and haggle. Depending on what time of year you're moving in, some companies may be willing to lower their rates by as much as 30 percent, so always do your research.
Where to Save
Do. Not. Spend. Money. On. Boxes.
When you move, it's obvious you'll need a big supply of sturdy boxes. But that doesn't mean you need to go to a moving company and pay a ridiculous price for a stack of them. Instead, ask around first. Many people have boxes in their garage, closets, or storage that aren't being used.
Or, see if there are any places online like Craigslist where people are offering boxes for free. You can also go to your local grocery store, liquor store, gas station, or even big box department store and ask if they have any boxes in their shipping and receiving rooms they aren't using. Many times, they'll have so many that they can't wait to give them away for free.
Game Your Utilities
When you move, don't wait until you've already left your home or apartment to have the utility company shut off your services. For gas, cable, Internet, phone, and maybe even water, you can have these shut off several days in advance of your move, or even the morning of. By doing this, your utility companies can't get away with charging you for an extra month, or for extra services you weren't even there to use.
However, you should probably be careful when it comes to electricity. You never want to find yourself moving in the dark, so time this as perfectly to the moment you're finished packing as possible.
Where to Spend
If you have valuable items in your home, whether because they're pricey or priceless, you should never skimp on keeping them safe during your move. This means packing materials, tape, cushions, or whatever else is necessary to make sure they aren't broken.
Also, if you know you have so much stuff that you'll be packing for days on end, enlist the help of your friends or family. While you might not have to pay them in cash, they may expect you to at least keep them fed and happy, and that might cost you a little money.
Remember, if you simply can't perform the move yourself or can't afford the cost of a moving truck, there's always the option of a quick and easy personal loan from a Texas lending company like Atlas Credit.
Apply online or in store today at one of our many locations in cities like Longview, Waco, Fort Worth, or Austin to see if you qualify for a personal loan. That way, you can afford to move without stress, and pay off your loan at your leisure. Contact Atlas Credit today!