8 Ways to Save Money When Your Job Has You Moving

March 15th, 2018

Moving for your job will always cost something, but there are some things you can do to keep costs down, whether you are staying in Austin or moving across the country. Follow these tips to stick to your budget.

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1. Compare Moving Companies

While a moving company costs less out of pocket than doing it yourself, there is no need to pay your friends for their help in food and drinks. Plus, you will break fewer items. Just remember to take the time to compare various moving companies so you find the best rate.

2. Pack Items Yourself

There are plenty of services these days that pack items for you in addition to moving. This is one thing you should always do yourself to save money. Packing yourself allows for home organization since you know where everything is. It also makes downsizing easier since as you pack items, you can evaluate if they are necessary.

3. Find Free Boxes As Soon As Possible

If you are doing a relatively short move, cardboard boxes will be good enough, but you should opt for plastic bin storage for longer moves. If you choose cardboard storage boxes, start asking stores if they have free boxes as soon as possible.

4. Know What to Pack Last and Open First

As you work on home organization, set up a box to open first and one to pack last. This way, you will not have to run out and buy items like plates, toilet paper, paper towels, or scissors because you have no clue where you packed them.

5. Scout Out Home Rentals Ahead of Time

Assuming your work gives you notice, start looking for a home or apartment rental as soon as you can. Even if you won’t be moving for months, this will give you an idea of what neighborhoods work best for your budget.

6. Consider Downsizing

Downsizing is an excellent way to save money on the move. You will pay less in rent for a smaller place, and the moving company will charge less if you move fewer items. Downsize with a combination of a garage sale and public storage unit.

7. Put Extra Items in Storage

If you can’t bear to part with items but know you won’t need them anytime soon, put them in a full-service storage unit. The best ones will save you money as you won’t have to pay for gas to bring items to the storage unit or take them back home. Some even provide plastic storage bins so you don’t have to buy them yourself.

8. Wait to Buy Items Until You Settle in

Finally, avoid the temptation to go out and buy things you think you need as soon as you get to the new place. Instead, make a running list and wait until you finish unpacking. This way, you won’t buy something only to realize you already have it.