Are you planning to move to a new place in your town but want to keep your spending low? If you've been asking yourself, "What's the cheapest way to move around where I live?" then you've found the perfect guide! We're going to explore some simple and cost-saving ways to move that are easy to follow.
Rent a Truck and Moving Yourself
One of the best ways to save money when moving is to rent a truck and do everything by yourself. There are companies like U-Haul that offer big trucks for rent at a good price for local moves, companies like Penske and Budget are more affordable options for long distance moves. It's a good idea to look for special deals they might have to save even more money. When you decide to pack your things and drive the truck yourself, you're taking a big step in cutting down costs. Planning your trip carefully is also important. You should try to find the cheapest gas prices and figure out the best route to take. This way, you won't spend too much on gas and can move without spending a lot of money.
Getting Help with the Heavy Things
Sometimes, you might need a little help, especially with heavy items. That's where companies like Starside come in. They can help you carry and load big, heavy things. It's important to remember that they won’t drive the truck for you, but they sure make moving large items a lot easier. This option is great if you can do some of the moving work yourself but just need an extra hand with the heavy stuff, or just want to sit back and relax for a moment while the professionals take care of everything.
Borrowing a Truck/Trailer from a Friend
If you know someone in your family or a friend who has a truck or trailer, you could ask to borrow it. This can be a great way to move without spending money on renting anything. But, you need to think about a few things. Make sure the truck or trailer is big enough for all your things. Also, remember that you will need to fill the truck with gas, which is an extra cost to consider and the trailer would need to be hauled by a big enough vehicle with a hitch.
Selling or Giving Away Things You Don’t Need
Moving is a great time to look at all your things and decide if you need them all. If you have too many things, you could sell some of them or give them away. This means you'll have less to move, which can make things easier and cheaper. You can use websites like Craigslist, ebay, facebook marketplace or have a good ol-fashioned yard sale to sell things you don’t need anymore. Lastly, you can give them away to charity, which is a nice thing to do. Keep in mind most places like Salvation army and habitat for humanity only take specific things in good condition.
Packing Your Stuff by Yourself
Packing your belongings on your own is another way to save money. You can find boxes for free at stores, or online (be wary of used boxes), or use things you already have at home to pack your stuff. It's really important to pack carefully so that nothing gets broken when you move. Packing by yourself means you know exactly where everything is, and it can be a fun activity, especially if you get your family involved. Newspapers and magazines are a great substitute for packing supplies along with using unscented heavyweight Hefty bags to package all of your linens and clothes.
Choosing the Best Time to Move
When you decide to move can also help you save money. If you move on a weekday or in the middle of the month, it might cost less to hire a full service company or to rent the truck yourself and hire some helpers. This is also an ideal way to cut down on gas and time due to lower traffic volumes at specific times of the day.
Wrapping Up: Moving Made Easy and Affordable
Now you know the cheapest ways to move around your town! It's all about doing some things by yourself and maybe getting a little help with other things. With good planning, moving can be easy on your wallet. Don’t forget, moving can be fun and affordable if you plan well.
Let's Talk About Your Moving Adventures!
Have you tried moving this way before? We would love to hear about your moving adventures or any tips you have. Share your stories in the comments. And if you know anyone who is planning to move soon, share these tips with them – they’ll thank you for it!