Most of us are fundamentally on the move; whether physically or figuratively. And a number of these moves aren’t always determined by us. In some cases, we wouldn’t move an inch if we had our way. But unfortunately, having our way, when it comes to moving, isn’t always a choice we have absolute control over. And there are a ton of reasons for it. Perhaps you may have just gotten a new job in a city outside your current location, and you are required to move to that city to resume work, or you just got married and you need to relocate, to join your spouse who lives in another city. Maybe yours is the case for a new apartment that you just rented, or a beautiful house – your dream home that you just bought. Moving can be very stressful and, a lot of times, over the budget. It can be even more stressful if the moving was triggered by the death of a loved one, a case of divorce, or an unexpected situation. While it is true that the thought of moving isn’t always a very cheerful one, moving is absolutely unavoidable. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that every one of us, at some points, has to move to someplace in his or her lifetime. And for which reason, we must seek ways to make the process feel more bearable and pleasant. Highlighted below are a few tips that we have put together to help you make a budget-friendly and less stressful move:
PLAN A MOVING BUDGET
Planning a budget is the first and, in fact, the most important step towards planning a move. It is imperative that you have an estimate of how much the entire process is going to cost; so you can compare it with your budget to see what other options are available to you. If not planned accordingly, you will find yourself overwhelmed with unexpected costs. Especially if it is your first time moving.
DOWNSIZE – REDUCE YOUR LUGGAGE
Let’s face it; there are a number of items in your home that have not been in use for several weeks, months and even years. Probably some antiques or books of high value or other items that you have grown used to having around. And you may not have a need for some of them, in the nearest future, if you ever will, in your lifetime. This category of items is usually the first set of ‘extra luggage’ that you may want to shed off when moving on a tight budget. Of course, this isn’t always an easy thing to do. But it will certainly make the moving process, and expenses, a lot more bearable. You may want to consider giving these items as gifts to someone who values them or simply donate them to a goodwill, libraries or some kind of antique resource.
AVOID THE PEAK SEASON RUSH
Peak seasons for moving companies are usually between the months of May and September, mostly weekends, and national holidays. When moving on a tight budget, you may want to consider moving during the off-season or expect to pay higher rates otherwise.
COST OF MOVING BY YOURSELF VS HIRING A PROFESSIONAL MOVING SERVICE
When moving yourself, you may enlist the help of a friendly neighbor, family member, a colleague at the office or a business associate with a truck that could help you with your move. At first glance, this may appear budget friendly and convenient, however, disaster may be waiting to happen if they mishandle or even cause damage to expensive or fragile items that could have been moved in a more safe manner by a professional moving service. Hiring a local moving service, you will be able to gather information by their reviews, years in business, rates, and of course reputation. When comparing the two, you will be off to a better start in making the moving process easier and cost effective. Whichever one you choose, remember to have some snacks and drinks available, for in doing so, it will definitely help in the process!
Now, you or someone that you know no longer needs to feel financially stressed or overwhelmed about what should, or shouldn’t be done when planning a move on a tight budget. And if you decide to enlist the service of a professional moving company that offers a variety of great moving services at an affordable price, J&R Moving, LLC, would be a very smart choice!