Moving from one place to another, even if you’re only going from one side of town to the other can be a very stressful experience. For many people, the process of moving can also be a costly one.
However, there are some ways to keep costs down when it’s time to relocate. Use this guide to make sure you’re not blowing your budget to transfer your belongings to a Phoenix apartment.
Do Your Own Packing
Many moving companies offer packing services, and while they are professionals with experience, putting your stuff in a box isn’t that hard. In fact, it’s something that most people can easily do on their own.
To make the process easier, start packing up non-essential items early. For example, your winter clothes can easily get packed away a few weeks before a move if it’s spring or summer. The same goes for items like books, DVDs and sentimental belongings that you likely won’t need until you’re in your new space.
Ditch What You Don’t Need
Moving can be challenging, but paying for moving a whole bunch of stuff that you don’t really need can hurt your pocket book. Instead of moving everything and sorting it all out at your new place, take some time to pare down your belongings.
If you haven’t used something in six months or more, why not sell it, donate it or give it away? Unless it’s particularly useful to you, moving it around from place to place will just run up your moving bill or the time you spend moving things yourself.
Don’t Pay for Boxes
Boxes might seem like a small expense, but if you’ve got a whole apartment to move, you could easily spend $100 or more on them. Instead, look for sturdy used boxes.
Your office, nearby grocery stores and even liquor stores are convenient places to get boxes for free. Just make sure you ask before you take any boxes!
If you decide to use professional movers for larger items, planning ahead is essential. If you don’t book movers early, you’ll pay more in overall moving expenses, if you can find anybody to help you at all.
When you’re looking to hire movers, try to schedule about a month in advance. That way you’ll be able to get two or three quotes on services and choose the best option for you.
When getting quotes, make sure prices are broken down for you to see. You might find that some things can be done by yourself, like packing services, for example. Without a detailed estimate, you won’t know what you’re being charged for in your moving expenses.
Contact Heers Management to learn more about how to keep your moving expenses to a minimum. We can also help you find the Phoenix apartments of your dreams, whether you’re looking for a studio, one bedroom or a larger place for a family.