I’m the type of person that can’t stay settled in one place longer than a year. The fact that I’m young plays a factor but also because I’m able to make a shift due to the nature of my work. Needless to say, I’ve done quite a lot of moving over the past decade (sometimes twice within the year).
Each time I’ve moved, I’ve found better, proficient ways of doing so through trial & error along with following a mix of great moving guides. The first started as you’d imagine: borrowing a friend’s ride while haphazardly throwing things together for multiple trips. Today it’s efficient and streamlined: everything is neatly organized so it can go out (and in) without much trouble while saving me a good bit of money.
You have two ways of moving:
- The professional approach
- The DIY approach
I bet you can guess which of these I prefer in these later years.
I prefer the professional approach to moving because there are many benefits that you don’t find when you’re trying to do it yourself:
- You have the help of professionals to move large items (while sticking to a schedule) which you and your friends may not be able to handle.
- You have the added benefit of insurance from the move which is peace of mind when you consider all the things that can go bad when trying to drive a large truck.
- You can focus on what needs to go versus other logistical issues; this sets a schedule but also keeps you focused – it can also help you decide on the important things to bring and so, in a way, you tend to clear out the unnecessary items before the big move vs bringing them along.
Professional companies, like North American, can deliver a quote, handle the heavy lifting, and transport your items great distances so you can relax and take care of the more pressing issues.
Then you have the DIY route, which is good if you have it under control:
- You have the ability to stage-out the move so you can get the essentials over, get in the new place, and take your time with the rest.
- You can make an event out of it between selling off the things you don’t want to bring via yard sales or eBay while also getting friends/family over to help and turning it into a party.
- You would heavily factor in the decision to move (and the process) which, sometimes, stops you from living outside your means – you realize the costs.
Now let’s get to the part where we talk about the finances.
The professional approach is obviously going to incur costs due to the services. The DIY approach has comparable costs (minus transport and labor). Either are great options and I’d say relies on how tired you are from doing the moves (I knew I was worn out after the 5th).
There are ways to mitigate the costs no matter your choice:
- The 1st is to do an assessment of your items and divide them into a keep, sell, donate pile. The less you must bring the less you’ll manage. If you can sell the items you’re directly mitigating the cost – donating them is just as good because it’s going to someone in need.
- The 2nd is to organize and pack your items based on their location (kitchen, bedroom, etc), which can be done at low costs snagging free boxes from retail stores, liquor stores, or asking around/checking online since people often sit on their empty boxes after they’ve moved.
- The 3rd is to make an event of the situation which could be having friends/family come over to help pack, turning it into a productive day, while offering food (or even better: make it a potluck) and some drinks.
There are other minor ways of saving such as using cash-back rewards when you fill up the gas, detailed planning so you’re not missing out at work, negotiating pro-rate utilizes and services before/after you’re out and setting up, and the like. These are things that kind of pop up situationally for each person but do keep your eye out for those opportunities.
It’s a matter of getting rid of stuff if you ask me.
Less stuff to bring means more opportunities to sell off what you don’t need to cover the cost of moving (and may leave you with additional funds for setting up in the new place); it’s also less you must organize for the shift. Do just that and you’ll be up but do consider both options to find what fits your lifestyle and budget.