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Tips for moving on a budget

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Moving, especially when it involves long distances, can be a strain on your budget. The following strategies can help you make the best of a tricky situation in terms of budget.

Sourcing Professional Movers Services

When procuring the services of a professional mover you should first do some background checks to find out the types of services they offer and how they match your needs. You should then get a quote and see how the prices fit in your budget. You can also find out if there are seasonal discounts on offer that you can use to your benefit.

Buy boxes in bulk

Boxes are the heart of moving, and this is an area you can make significant savings. Consider negotiating for discounts on renting bulk boxes from the property mover in order to tame this cost, while at the same time benefitting from the convenience of flexibility of the moving packing materials that they offer.

Optimize your utilities

To avoid paying an extra month for utilities like internet services when you are about to leave that apartment in a week’s time, you could sacrifice for that one week and save that money for the installation some utility at your new place. Get a list of utilities offered at your new place so that you allocate your resources to cover those that are not offered.

Selling or Donating/ Recycling

In some instances, it could be cheaper to sell or donate some stuff. This includes things that you rarely use, rather than paying for transportation services for stuff that is of little or no use to you. Selling or donating some stuff helps in reducing the number of things you are transporting and therefore reduce overall transportation cost.

Prior preparation

Be sure to check all the measurements of your new house/office to ensure that all your belongings can fit in it. It would be a waste of space and money if you transported your furniture to your new apartment only to then realise that you can’t fit it all in. Before you start moving, it’s also a good idea to check that all your bulky stuff can fit through the doors and halls the house you are moving to.

Make sure to be flexible on the moving day

This helps you cope with situations where the moving company is late, the cable guy fails to show up or any other unforeseen inconveniences that may come up. If you are on a tight schedule, the slightest delay with any of the many parties involved may cause problems for the rest of your schedule.

When moving your office

Plan in advance

Give yourself one to two months to inform all your clients before you move, this time will help you conserve funds to facilitate the process, these two months will also help to get the most efficient and cost effective option.

Protect your tools

Some working tools are too expensive or crucial to risk getting lost in the move. This is where a good property mover comes in handy. Ensure that you task them to keep these separated and well labelled to avoid damage or loss during transportation; even though insurance may cover for damage, prevention is always better than the cure.

Protect your savings

Refrain from making big purchases around moving time to save you money for moving. Remember that moving involves many contingencies which you must plan for. You cannot foresee all of them and it is always advisable to have some extra savings in place to take care of any unforeseen expenses.

Consider insuring your belongings for the move

Find out what insurance options are available from the moving company, and to what extent they cover damage to your property. Should you opt for basic coverage, your best bet is to let the property movers handle all the packing, as they can’t be held liable for any boxes they do not pack themselves.

When moving expensive equipment, the best option is to get comprehensive cover to avoid being set back financially should goods get damaged.