For some, that may be a short little drive away, but for many others, that trip can range from a few hours to a few days.
Read on to learn how you can move in a financially smart way and get to where you want to go safely.
Evaluate Your Stuff
A lot of people tackle moving with the mentality that everything needs to go into a box. This strategy can work for some, but for others, it leads to needing to rent a bigger truck, another day of moving, and another day of loading/unloading.
To navigate this, consider throwing out or giving away some of your stuff in the moving process. For example, many items are outdated; moving them is unwise as you’ll likely upgrade in the next year.
Similarly, people have junk they’ve collected that they won’t need, like a science notebook or a small winter coat, and instead of moving them, they should be donated or thrown away.
Planning the Drive
One of the most challenging parts of moving—both on your mind and your wallet—is the drive itself. You can try and plan for it, but it always seems as if there is no right way to do it while saving money on the way.
Some of these roadblocks depend on the season, as there are a lot of summertime driving dangers like damaged roads and heavy traffic you need to avoid. If possible, load your truck as early, getting onto the road around 4-5 a.m., as starting your trip this early gets you ahead of traffic, sunlight, and potential breakdowns.
By doing this, you can avoid any issues and save yourself a lot of money.
One way people fail in the moving process is that they go out and buy a lot of boxes and packing materials instead of working with what they have. You can often get through a lot of packing, if not the whole thing, by shoving items into drawers or boxes you’ve saved over the years.
It can be chaotic not to have the larger boxes designated for each room, but some smaller boxes are helpful and can save you money and lessen the burden. In addition to boxes, you can keep packing materials such as bubble wrap for those more fragile items.
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Moving in a financially smart way is easier said than one, but with these tips, you should be able to do it. Of course, it will still hit your wallet harder than you might have initially thought, but you will have saved yourself from the numerous headaches that the moving process brings forward.
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