Top 5 Tips for Moving on a Budget

Moving can be stressful. Packing for weeks at a time, living out of boxes, paying security deposits, and moving from one school or job to another all add to the strain of moving. Even if you’ve found a wonderful modern apartment community like Pinehurst on Providence, you still need to deal with the move. Follow the below tips for a smooth, simple transition to your new home or apartment.

  1. Consider the Costs of a Moving Service

It’s easy to assume that recruiting a few friends and family members to help you move is the fiscally responsible decision, but that’s not always the case. Did you know that you can negotiate with a moving company? Call multiple companies so that you have a few quotes.

Also remember that a moving company’s prices will be lower in the off-season, such as winter or fall. Be sure to check out the online reviews for each company through services such as Yelp or Angie’s List. The cheapest service is rarely the best.

If you’re considering the do-it-yourself route with friends and family, remember that it’s difficult to hold them accountable for broken furniture or belongings like a moving company. If they get injured on your property, you could also be on the hook for hospital bills at a time when you’re strapped for money.

  1. Get Rid of Stuff

You know all those “As See on TV” and impulse buys you have taking up space in the basement? How about the memory box full of notes from your ex-girlfriend? Have a yard sale or just donate it all to a thrift shop before you move. It’ll reduce the number of items you need to pack and move, saving you time, money, and stress.

  1. Don’t Buy Boxes

We’re puzzled by the amount people spend on boxes for a move. You can go to a number of department stores or shopping centers and ask them if they have any spare boxes. They’ll be glad to give them away instead of spending time breaking them down in the back.

  1. Track Your Moving Expenses

If you meet certain moving criteria (for instance, you’re moving more than 50 miles away for work) you can deduct many of your expenses from your taxes.

  1. Seamlessly Switch Utilities

When you plan to have utilities turned on and off in your new and old locations, make the dates exact. You don’t want to pay extra in your old apartment, and you don’t want to move into a location with no electricity.