Moving For Less
If you are looking to move to a new house or apartment yet you don't have a huge budget to work with, there is no reason to think that you must forget the idea of moving. You just have to be resourceful and willing to do some work yourself, as well as advance planning. There are many expenses involved in moving, some that may occur unexpectedly. In order to avoid unexpected expenses, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the area that you plan to move to so you can plan accordingly. You don't want to be surprised with unexpected expenses, and planning ahead will help you to determine all the costs necessary to make your move as stress-free as possible.
One thing that you definitely need to do as soon as possible is contact all the utility companies in the new area: gas, water, and electricity, in order to find out how much, if any, deposit is required to establish new service with them. Don't forget to contact the telephone companies, mobile and landline, if you plan on switching your phone service as well. Of course you can't forget television service, cable or satellite. Some cable or satellite companies require a deposit or down payment as well, and you need to find out what it is in advance. Most large cable companies offer great introductory packages for new customers, for as long as the first full year. These introductory offers enable to be able to pay a great price for phone, cable and high-speed internet service, and sometimes even wireless service, all bundled together. Satellite T.V. companies, such as Direct TV and Dish Network also offer great deals as well.
You will most likely require a large amount of boxes to move your things, depending on how much you actually have. Boxes can be expensive, especially if you buy them from a specialty store. Some moving companies, such as U-haul, allow you to return the boxes after using them and they will buy them back. Of course they won't pay the full amount that you paid, but a much lower amount. This is a good service, but you still must have the money upfront to pay for the boxes. You can get boxes for free by visiting your favorite stores and asking for any extra empty boxes. Most stores have extras that they would be glad to get rid of, so take advantage of this fact. Many stores like Wal-mart do their stocking at night, so this is a good time to visit the store and ask for boxes.
One aspect of moving that you certainly can't forget is how you will actually move your things from point-A to point-B. One way you can do this is to hire a moving company, but you must keep in mind that most professional moving companies are quite expensive. Since your goal is to save money then you need to locate someone who will do as good a job as a professional but not charge the same high costs. By checking your local newspapers for individuals offering moving services, or by placing a small free or inexpensive ad yourself, you should be able to locate someone who would be willing to move you for whatever amount you've budgeted for.
If finding low cost movers doesn't work for you, you could always rent a U-haul or Penske truck and move your things yourself. The problem then would be how you would physically get your things, including furniture and boxes, into the truck and then into your new house or apartment. This would be doable if you have a small amount of furniture, a dolly and a friend to assist with larger items, but if you have no help then it would be nearly impossible. Perhaps you could locate some high school or college kids, if not family members or friends, to move your personal items once you've rented the truck. More people than you think opt to move without the assistance of a moving company in order to save money, especially when moving long distances.
Don't forget to factor in the security deposit of your new place before you move, just in case you need to save up the money first. Before you agree to move to a certain home or apartment, you need to find out how much of a security deposit is required at the lease signing. Most landlords require a deposit that is equivalent to one-month's rent, but some require lower deposits, while others require higher security deposits. It all depends on what each specific landlord determines is a fair amount. In some cases, landlords will allow tenants to move in without paying the full security deposit upfront. If your landlord agrees to such terms, arrangements are usually made, allowing you to break the payment of the security deposit up over the next few months in order to make things easier on you.
You can have a successful moving experience without spending large amounts of money as long as you plan ahead of time. If you know you're going to be moving to a certain address weeks before your actual move then you should have an easier and less stressful moving experience. Don't wait until the last minute to start planning because you could become too overwhelmed, making it easier to forget important aspects of your move. If you're moving from an apartment to a house then you will most likely need to invest in some lawn equipment if you don't' plan on hiring a landscaper. So don't forget to plan, save, and plan again, and you will be more likely to have a very positive moving experience that won't cost a bundle.