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Not only has it been reported that moving day is more stressful than divorce, but it can also be an expensive process. And with 24 percent of North Americans moving homes every five years, it’s even more important to find ways to save money come moving day.
Read on for five smart tips to help you reduce the cost of moving to your new home.
Cardboard boxes are a must for moving house. Not only can you write on them so you know what’s inside, but they’re also easy to stack and keep your belongings safe.
But if you have to buy them, cardboard boxes can cost up to a couple of dollars each. Multiply that by however many boxes you need (which will always be more than you planned), and you’re looking at some serious cash.
As soon as you know you’re moving, ask your local supermarket to save boxes for you and arrange a time to pick them up.
Bad weather makes moving a long and expensive experience. You want to get everything done as quickly as possible, so it’s a good idea to wait until there’s no chance of snow.
However, Canada’s busiest moving day is said to be the 30th of June, so you should avoid this date if you want the roads to be clear.
As for the best day of the week for moving day, try and schedule it on a Tuesday. Most people will be working, and you might even get a better rate from moving companies who don’t usually have much business mid-week.
Start sorting and packing your belongings way in advance. Having non-essential items packed away means that you’ll have a better idea of how much time you need to hire the truck or removal company for.
But be ruthless about what you want to keep before you pack. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting precious time and money packing, transporting and unpacking things you later decide you don’t want.
If you’re hiring a moving company, then you need to make sure you know exactly what you’ll be expected to pay for and how much. Check the company’s small print about cost per hour and potential extras, such as if the elevator is out of use.
They may have certain rules you have to follow too. For example, some companies will only transport boxed items. Check these details ahead of time to make sure you don’t have to unpack and repack on the day.
And, if you’re hiring a truck and handling the move yourself, then make sure you double check details related to insurance, and pick-up and drop-off times.
If you have pets or children, remove the chance of unexpected delays by asking a friend or relative to look after them for the day.
This way, you’ve planned ahead and packed everything, your moving day should be a simple case of transporting your belongings from one address to the other. And with everything on schedule, there’ll be no nasty surprises when you have to pay up.
With these great money-saving tips, your next moving day is sure to be a lot less expensive and a lot less stressful.
If you’re looking to pack up and move, and haven’t found your dream property yet, contact us for more information about the amazing real estate opportunities in St. Paul, Alberta.