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How to Save Money while Moving Out

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Were you able to buy a new house out of town? Is your company relocating to another city? Are you thinking of retiring somewhere that’s by the sea?

Whatever the reason, moving out can be one of the most important events in a person’s life. It also happens to be one of the costliest and most tedious to handle, and we’re not just talking about packing your items in neat high-quality cardboard boxes.

Fortunately, there are a lot of practical ways to save money when transferring to a new location. Using these surefire methods, you will be able to move out and still end up having enough cash in the bank.

 #1: Plan your move from earlier

One practical way to make the transfer less costly is to prepare the things you need beforehand. For this, do an inventory of all items in your house that have to be transferred. You may as well prepare a checklist of the furniture and fixtures you will need in your new home or office. This will enable you to know which objects require heavy lifting and which objects that you can carry yourself.

An inventory also helps you determine the volume of space you need and, more importantly, the number and types of trucks you should be getting. Lack of preparation will often result in a mismatch between the vehicles you rent out and the actual amount of stuff you need to transfer.

#2: Get rid of clutter

A week before the big day arrives, you should clean out your current home or office and get rid of the things you don’t need. Often, clutter can take up a significant amount of space in moving vans, hence added costs. That being said, it’s important to move only the things you need and either get rid of or sell the things you don’t need anymore. Old furniture, for instance, can be sold in an old-fashioned yard sale. You can also donate books to a library or sell them in a second-hand bookstore.

There are some cases where clutter can still be valuable, and instead of throwing them away, you should opt to have them stored somewhere that’s safe and secure.

#3: Get a great moving company

Of course, if you’re moving to an apartment, you can handle the logistics by yourself. Then again, if you have a lot to haul, then you may need a bit of extra help from a great moving company.

When looking for a moving company, make sure sift through at least five possible options. You can compare the prices and see if they offer free materials such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and so on. You may also ask if they are capable of handling electrical wiring and antiques. With the right moving company, you will be able to accomplish a successful move without burning through your wallet.

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Amanda L. Grossman is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Frugal Confessions. Over the last 10 years, her money work helping people with how to save money and how to manage money has been featured in Kiplinger, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, LifeHacker, Woman's World, Woman's Day, ABC 13 Houston, Keybank, and more. Read more here.

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