Now more than ever, house prices and rental costs are rising at an incredible rate. The average sales price in Manhattan was $1.9 million for condos in existing buildings in the third quarter of 2017. With how much a new home costs, the moving costs required to get you into your new home can be incredibly daunting. Here are just a few ways you can cut down on the cost of moving so you can spend that money on the new home itself.
Time For A Deep Clean
Before you start packing, take a look at the items you currently have in your home and decide whether it’s worth holding onto them in your new house. On average, households in the United States have 300,000 things in them, many of which end up as clutter that sits around without being used. Take it one room at a time to avoid overwhelming yourself with the size of the task, and soon you’ll have far fewer items you need to worry about moving to your new home.
Moving On The Off-Season
Planning your move for sometime in the next few weeks? You may want to consider putting it off, if possible. Moving during the off-season can help you save on the cost of hiring movers. Most Americans choose to move in the summer. In fact, in 2016, 13.9% of moves occurred in June. December was the least popular month to move overall. By choosing a month during the off-season, you’ll be able to take advantage of lower costs offered by movers looking to draw in business year-round.
Network With Family And Friends
If you live near friends and family now or are going to be moving into an area where you’ll be near loved ones, see if you can ask them for some help with your move. You don’t necessarily need to rely exclusively on friends for moving help — sometimes a hybrid move is what you need to get the job done. Friends and family can help throughout the move, or just during one part. Invite some friends and family over to help you pack up different areas of your home, and you’ll be able to look through all the memories you keep in your home while you’re packing. Just be sure to thank them for the help once everything’s done.
Get Creative With Packing
Packing supplies might not seem like a huge cost at first, but they can quickly add up and make your move expensive. Instead, get a bit creative with how you’re packing up your belongings. Look for boxes you may already have around your home to start, and consider using blankets and pillows to secure fragile items. You’ll be able to skip on paying for extra packing supplies, while still keeping your items safe during the move. You’ll also be creating less waste overall, making this a greener way to move.
With 42.58 million houses being occupied by renters in the United State, saving money where we can is a reasonably high priority. Moving costs can add up quickly if you’re not careful, but a bit of extra knowledge and effort can help you save. Keep your move organized and affordable to reduce stress while you’re settling into your new home.
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