Moving into a new home and leaving your old one can be a sentimental activity. It also requires a lot of logistics planning and execution. Besides spending money purchasing your new house and lot, you also have to spend money on transferring most of your old things into your new home. You would have to spend loads of time sorting things out, packing things by their category, and making arrangements on your moving help or company. Everything is affected by relocating your home – new environment, new community, new neighbors, basically a new life! But in relocating, the costs can be so high in simply moving your home from one place to another, so you might want to be smart and strategic on how you go about this.
Here are 10 tips on relocating efficiently and effectively:
- As silly as it sounds, get rid of everything. Or you can get rid of your stuff konmari style – if you find something that you have not used for 3 months or more, get rid of it.
- Organize and schedule a charity/donation pick-up drive! You can get rid of your things and help other people out. That’s hitting two birds with one stone!
- If you want to make a bit more coins from your old things, a garage sale is always a good idea. This can help you get a few more dollars to help with the moving costs.
- Research a professional moving company, like North American Van Lines, to help you move and deliver your things out and into your new home in the most effective and most efficient way. You should do your research, ask around, read reviews so you can get the best moving company for you. With a good moving company, they’ll even map out the shortest, quickest route to your new home.
- Like any other booking schedule, you should book your moving company as soon as possible, and as far from your target moving date as possible, to cut down your costs.
- It’s gonna take a lot of boxes to store all your things. A good idea to cut down on expenses is contacting your local liquor store and getting their used boxes from them. You can also try your local convenience stores.
- A pro-tip in moving is that you make arrangements for changing your present mailing address to the place you are going to move into at least a week or two before your moving date. This is so you can cut costs on re-mailing from your past home to your new one.
- It’s a no-brainer, but just to remind you to always bubble wrap fragile items! You don’t want them breaking on the way to your new home. Also, you should pack your ceramic plates vertically to avoid breakage. You don’t want to be buying new plates just because the old ones broke.
- Another thing you might want to stop is grocery shopping a week before you leave your home. You don’t want anything wasted because you bought a surplus of supplies because of your routine. Rather, buy your supplies day to day in the week of your moving schedule.
- Schedule and make arrangements for your disconnection schedules for your utilities, internet, water, cable, telephone, etc. This is to make sure that they don’t overcharge you when you are not in your home anymore. This is also to cut down costs because you might not need your cable the month of your moving date.
With all the costs on physically moving your home to another location, the up costs don’t stop there. Most of the up costs are going to brought by what is called “urban renewal.” This is basically all the changes that are brought by relocating. Relocation is a responsibility in the sense that it is your responsibility to be ready for change, and be smart enough with these unavoidable changes. Most of the increase in costs would be brought by your change in day to day habits and routines. You will now have to again look for places to source your needs in the cheapest, most budget-friendly way. And this requires time and effort again to get to know the community you are now in.