Dreading your move to your new home? Do you need to economize but cannot bring yourself to (once again) call your friends and feed them pizza in exchange for moving you? There are ways to move your stuff that you might never have considered.
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Before moving, ditch things you don’t need in your new home
Save yourself trouble and clear out before you move. Old, faded, ripped, wobbly or worn furnishings can be donated to nonprofits so others can give them new life. Clothes you haven’t worn in over a year can be donated too.
When was the last time you cleared out your bathroom cupboard or your pantry? If you’re like most of us, you have lots of things hidden in there which have passed their “use by” dates. Toss ‘em. Traveling light makes your move much easier.
Sort out your garage too. If you have expired chemicals, broken toys, or lawn care tools, take them to the recycling center.
Once you’ve sorted and pitched, now it’s time to figure out how you’re going to relocate your worldly goods. Here are some options to evaluate.
Consider container moving
The Spruce suggests seven ways to economically get your possessions from your old home to your new one. Topping their list is container moving. There are many companies who will bring a large shipping container to your home, dropping it in your driveway. Then at your leisure, you load it up with your furnishings and boxes.
Why container moving might be a good solution for you:
- You can pack your things at your own pace. Most containers are priced by the amount of time you need them and size of the box. If you don’t want to rush, you can get your container for exactly the right amount of time to suit you.
- You prefer to be in charge of how things are loaded. If you feel commercial moving companies or your college buddies are too casual about handling your couch, container moving, allows you to determine what goes in when, and how it’s packed.
Why container moving might NOT be a good solution for you:
- Your apartment or HOA prohibits them. Some homeowners’ associations limit the amount of time a portable moving container may be onsite...and some prevent them all together. Before you make arrangements for one, check your HOA covenants.
- You have physical challenges. Got a bad back? Container moving might not be for you given that you will be lifting, bending, and hauling your furniture into the unit.
Self-moving using rental equipment
There are loads of companies which allow you to rent a truck or trailer, as well as hand trucks, appliance dollies, and moving quilts. They’ll sell you boxes and newsprint so you can pack professionally.
Why self-moving might be for you:
- It’s the super saver style move. You pay for what you need, and only for what you need. If you’ve scoured liquor stores and discount locations for boxes, and saved newspapers, you don’t even need to purchase moving boxes and paper.
- You take better care of your possessions. If you’re a self-mover, you can pack your china your way, using exactly as much packing material as you care to use.
Why self-moving might NOT be for you:
- Your time is limited. While a great cost saver, self-moving take lots of time. And there are other considerations as noted on Moving.com, “Consider the fact that truck rental quotes are only for the rental and do not include things such as fuel costs, tolls, insurance, cargo protection plans, possible fines and penalties, packing materials and other things...”
- Physical limitations. Toting a king size mattress and box springs down two flights of stairs may be more than you can handle. Not to mention all the boxes you’ll have to pack, stack, and lift. So, when in doubt, hire it out. You don’t want to end up injured.
Other ways to move and save
Across town moving in your own car or truck
If your move is within your current geographic area, using your SUV or car is a great way to move. You’ll probably have to make multiple trips to get your possessions to your new home, but for the penny pinched local move, this is a great option. This is especially great for people without appliances and few pieces of furniture, though you may want to borrow or rent a truck for those large sofas or dining tables and beds.
Shipping via Bus
The Spruce suggests using bus freight to move your possessions. We think this might be great if you’re flying to your new home’s location. What might you ship via bus? We’d suggest soft goods ship, such as clothing, linens or bedding. Unbreakable items such as pots and pans might also be a good choice to ship this way.
Greyhound Shipping specifies a maximum weight per package of 100 pounds with maximum dimensions of 29" H x 47" W x 82". They also offer pick up and drop off services for packages when you prepay at the time of booking your shipment. Their BusFreighter service also provides a quantity discount of up to 60% off when shipping more than 6 boxes.
Final moving thoughts
Even though moving is one of the most stressful life events, there are ways to simplify, and make it more manageable and economical. So, do your due diligence and figure out which moving option is right for you.
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