If you haven’t already, there’s going to come a time when you move out of the house for the first time. Yes, it’s exciting and yes, it’s fun, but it can also be expensive if you aren’t paying attention. Expenses have a way of piling up on you when you first move out, which can be especially troublesome during a time when money is often at a premium.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be such an expensive event, and it won’t be if you can follow these 6 easy ways to save money.
1. Make the Purge
Purging some of your possessions is a good idea whether you’re moving for the first or the tenth time. Even if you are getting out of your parents’ house for the very first time, there are some things you can leave behind to lighten the load, and save you money on what needs to be moved.
2. Don’t Buy Basic Boxes
Moving boxes cost money, and depending on the size of your move they may cost quite a lot of money. Ask friends or family if they have any extras, look in recycling bins or ask businesses like grocery stores if you can take extras off their hands. However, if you do need specialty boxes for items like china, mirrors, photos, art, wardrobes or mattresses, contact McWilliams.
3. Shop Around for Movers
Not all movers are going to quote you the same price, and sometimes you might be signing on for services and expenses you don’t really need. Shop around for a reliable mover before you commit, and be sure to explain your situation when receiving your quote.
4. Use Your Own Packing Materials
All that bubble wrap might look professional and it might do a great job protecting the breakables, but it also costs extra money. Wrap up your breakable items with towels and socks and other items you want to move anyway. You’ll save space in the boxes and save money on the packing material all while being environmentally friendly.
5. Move at Off-Times
This might not always be possible, but if it is, you should give it a try. There are just certain times of the month and the week that are busier for most moving companies. Naturally, you’re going to pay more when traffic is the heaviest so try to move at a time when it isn’t, like the middle of the month.
6. Take High Value Items With You
If you have any collectibles or family heirlooms that cannot be replaced, consider taking them with you when you move to your new place. This will save potential heartache more than it will a dollar amount, but that’s still worth a lot.
If you’re moving out for the first time, contact the professional movers at McWilliams. We have years of experience with both large and small-scale moves, so you’ll be in great hands with our team. Combined with our free relocation app, your first move will be a great success!