Moving to a new home is a lot of hard work and it can be incredibly costly. The packaging materials might seem cheap but can easily become quite expensive, transporting your homeware is hardly cheap and getting your old and new home cleaned out is also costly.
Anyone who is about to take on a major move to a big home can do with a few money-saving tips. With a little bit more spending money in your pocket after the big move you can still mind those little upgrades to make your new home feel cozier. Here are a few of the best ways to save money on your big move.
Use a moving company
Moving companies may seem expensive but they can actually save you a lot of money in the long run. When you move your home yourself you are probably going to have to make many trips which aren’t cheap with the high fuel prices. You also probably need to rent a trailer which isn’t cheap either. To top it off, you can also count on plenty of ruined homeware that breaks and get damaged throughout the trip. Professional movers are more affordable because they can get all your stuff moved in one trip, they know exactly how to package your homeware to prevent damages and the best movers in Toronto generally charge pretty fantastic prices for their services.
Do your own packing
Moving companies are willing to do the packing for you but doing your own packing can save a lot of money. It also makes it much easier to unpack when you know exactly where everything is packed.
Utilize free packaging materials
Gather up old newspapers, magazines, bubble wrap and packing peanuts around the house and from grocery stores. You can use it to secure break ware.
Move in the middle of the week
Some moving companies offer discounts for mid-week moving services. This is a great way to save quite a lot of money.
Use linen for packaging
You can use blankets, sheets, towels, and cushions as packaging materials to cover up large furniture like antiques.
Have a garage sale
Sell off anything that you don’t need or no longer use in a yard sale. You can use that extra money for the move and free up a lot of space on the truck and in your new home.
Stop buying stuff
Don’t buy anything for the house until you are settled into your new home. Keep groceries limited so you can cut back on truck space and avoid wasting money on spoiled food.
Ask relatives to babysit
Instead of hiring a babysitter, ask a friend or family member to take care of your kids while you pack.
Cancel services in advance
Cancel services like utilities, TV, internet and gardening services in advance so you won’t have to pay for services that you cannot use.
Make food for the road
Make a delicious lunchbox for the trip instead of buying. This will help you eat healthier and can save a lot of money.