Moving home is always a stressful experience. In fact, it can be so stressful that many people rate it right up there with divorce and a family bereavement. Unfortunately, we have to move home at various times in our life. As a student, you will probably end up moving multiple times. Once you settle down with a family, moving is less likely to be on the cards, but even so, you can expect to move once or twice over the years, usually to a larger home as the kids grow, and then back to a smaller one once they leave.
Sadly, moving to a different home is often very expensive, but it can be done on the cheap if you are on a very tight budget – and here’s how you can do it.
De-clutter Your Home
The more stuff you have, the more costly a home removal will be because you will need a larger van to do the job and the job will take longer. There is no point in moving items you don’t really need. Use the prospect of an impending house move to throw out things you no longer need or use. You can sell items in good condition, or recycle them if they are not worth anything but are still useful to somebody. Either way, it saves having to cart them to a new house.
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Look for Used Boxes
Boxes and packaging materials can be expensive if you have to buy them. Instead, look for old boxes that are sturdy enough to be used to transport books and other household items. Ask friends and family if they have any old cartons in the garage, or see if your local grocery store can let you have a few.
Newspaper can be used to wrap breakables. It isn’t as clean as bubble wrap, but it won’t cost you half as much. Another good tip is to use your clothes, towels and sheets to wrap up delicate items and glassware. This will also help to distribute the weight.
Hire a Van
Unless you drive a truck, you will need to hire a van to transport larger items of furniture. Consider how much furniture and belongings you have before you rent a van. If the van is too small, you won’t be able to fit everything in and it will take several trips to move everything. On the other hand, your driver’s license may not cover you to drive a larger vehicle, so check this out.
Bribe Friends to Help
You can’t move heavy items of furniture on your own. Friends are usually willing to help out, but sweeten the deal with the offer of a home-cooked meal and some beers once you have settled into your new home.
DIY removals work well for a lot of people, but it may be cheaper to hire a ‘man with a van’ rather than attempt to do it all yourself, so weigh up the cost. For more complex home removals, check out moving companies in Sioux Falls SD.