Tips for Preparing for a Move and Saving Some Money

moving day with boxes

Moving can be a fun adventure that's also stressful. You might be moving into your first home or a new apartment. It could be you're moving to a new state or across town. No matter where you're moving, there's a lot to do and plan. It can also be expensive. Here are some tips for making moving easier and less expensive.

Security Deposits

If you're renting a home or an apartment, they'll probably want a first and last months' security deposit. You may even need to pay a pet deposit if you have any. This can be one of the largest expenses when moving. You might ask if the complex has any specials or will allow you to pay the deposits over several months.

Your utility companies will also ask for a deposit. The amount varies and depends on your credit rating. You can also ask to pay the deposit over several billing periods. Companies require these deposits to ensure you'll pay the bills.

Boxes and Packing Supplies

Weeks before your move, it's a good idea to stop by a couple of grocery stores and ask them to save boxes for you. You should be able to get enough boxes without paying for them. However, you may need to pay for tape and bubble wrap to protect delicate items.

You can ask friends and neighbors to save newspapers for you before the move. A newspaper is good for wrapping dishes and other items that need to be stacked. Don't use it to wrap anything that may stain from the ink.

Tip: Pack one box to carry in the car with you that you'll need the first night in your new place. You want to pack stuff, such as:

  • Coffee maker
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Iron
  • Change of clothing
  • Pet food
  • Pet bowls
  • and anything else you might need the first night.

After a long day of moving, you won't want to go through boxes looking for these essentials.

Truck Rentals

If you have a lot of items, you're probably going to rent a truck. There are several companies that offer rental trucks for moving. You can compare their prices online and book the truck you want. You might notice that their quotes rise the closer you get to your moving date. When you find the price you want, it's best to go ahead and reserve the truck.

Check with your car insurance company to make sure it covers you driving a truck. If it doesn't, then you need to go ahead and buy a separate insurance policy. Most truck companies offer these policies.

Help Loading

You can ask friends and family to help you load the truck on moving day. You can offer pizza and soft drink in trade for a couple of hours of packing up the moving truck.

If you have a lot of heavy pieces, you might consider calling a moving company to help you load. Many moving companies will send you a couple of their movers to help load the truck. They usually charge a flat rate per hour based on the number of men they send.

Tip: If you have pets, it's best to ask a friend to take them for the day. If you can't find anyone, you can board them at your vet's office. You don't want to spend hours searching for a lost pet. You also don't need a stressed pet to deal with in the middle of a move.

With a little planning, you can remove some of the expense and stress of moving. You can enjoy the excitement and adventure instead.