| Oct 31, 2014
If you’re like most people, you’ve set aside a certain amount of money to make the move to your new home. It might be that your company set a budget on how many moving costs they’ll cover, or you might have built in your own financial cushion when you sold your home. Whatever the reason, now that you have your money saved up, you’ll need to figure out where it will best be spent.
Professional Moving vs. DIY
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make is whether to hire a moving company to help you move or to do the bulk of the work yourself. Much of this will depend on how much time you have to devote to moving and how physically capable you are of taking on the task yourself, but also keep hidden costs in mind. When you hire a moving company, you not only get the manual labor to do the heavy lifting and driving for you, but you’ll also have many of the boxes, packing materials, basic insurance, and gas mileage included.
New Packing Materials vs. Recycled Boxes
One popular way to save money on a move is to ask grocery and liquor stores for free boxes and to use crumpled up newspaper in place of bubble wrap. While this can work for some of your belongings (non-breakable items like clothes and can be easily transported in used boxes), more important valuables and kitchenware should be placed in safer containers. Boxes you purchase have the advantage of being in good condition and similarly-sized, which means you’ll be better able to stack items inside the moving van or truck.
Specialty Packing for Large-Ticket Items
One area we strongly suggest you spend a little extra money is on specialty packing and moving for important heirlooms and items. A piano that isn’t properly handled could suffer internal damages that will cost thousands of dollars to repair. Televisions, glass-top tables, and electronics can shatter if not handled properly. And artwork is always worth a little extra care.
Extra Evaluation Protection
The easiest place to cut back on moving costs is to avoid the extra policy protection for your personal valuables. This is an area where you want to tread lightly, however. Accidents can and do happen on the road, and many families find that the extra peace of mind is worth the cost. If you have any anxieties about your valuable items, look into extra policies or possibly even transporting the items in your own car.
Self-Care and Babysitting
Although you might not have planned to factor self-care, childcare, and pet care into your budget, you might want to consider the possibility. Moving (especially with young kids or pets in tow) is an incredibly stressful experience. Try to set aside some money to hire a babysitter for the day of the move, and give yourself some wiggle room to not have to cook meals in the days leading up to moving day. You’ll appreciate the chance to get out of the house and relax for a few hours.