5 Money Saving Tips When Moving Homes

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Emily Blain
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A move can be an exciting time, but it can also be stressful and expensive. Whether you’re moving to another city or just across town, there are many ways to save money when you move homes.

Here are 5 money saving tips that will help you cut your costs without skimping on quality or safety.

1) Know How Much Moving Will Cost You

You might be able to save some money by doing it yourself, but in most cases you’ll end up spending more than if you’d just hired a professional moving company. Knowing how much your move will cost before you start is important because, as we all know, things come up during these kinds of projects that can unexpectedly drive up costs. It’s wise to have some leeway built into your budget so when those unforeseen expenses come up, you can handle them comfortably.

2) Prioritize: Go Through Things You Don’t Need

This is where it helps to have a partner. (A spouse, friend, or family member.) If you’re moving together, each of you can take turns picking through things in your home and assessing whether or not you need them. Remember: There’s no shame in getting rid of items you don’t use anymore—it can help save both time and money!

3) Get Rid of Clutter: Donate and Sell Your Stuff

Before you pack up your boxes, take a walk around your home and get rid of all that junk you don’t use or need anymore. Make a list of things to donate or sell. Then, organize your donations into piles so they are easy to carry when it comes time to drop them off at Goodwill or donate them to another charity. Don’t forget about unused tools, old clothes, and stuff from your children's rooms that they have outgrown.

4) Save on the Cost of Packing Materials

There are many things that are included in moving-company quotes, and it may seem impossible to save money on these expenses. However, most companies will happily offer customers discounts for using their own boxes or packing materials. If you want to save some cash and avoid unnecessary purchases, try saving items from your old home for packing purposes. Most companies will even unpack boxes if you provide them with a list of how they should be arranged in your new place.

5) Get a Money Coach

You’re about to embark on an exciting new chapter in your life: moving home. Whether you’re buying or selling, there are bound to be some financial issues that crop up along the way, from estate agents fees and credit card bills to commission payments. 

Having a money coach by yourself to help you get organized and plan for your expenses and move can be like having a superhero on your side!

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