Making a move on a budget? StorQuest has your back. Whether you’re hiring professional movers or doing it all yourself, these five tips will help you save big during a move.
Move in the Fall or Winter
Get smart about when you make your move! Moving service rates are at their highest April through August – peak moving season. If you’ve got some choice over when you move, make it happen during the fall or winter. While the weather may not be ideal, you’ll get the best bang for your buck if you can put up with the colder temperatures between October and March, when moving companies are less in demand and more eager for your business.
Rent a Moving Truck
Switching up the move season helps if you’re hiring movers. But if you really want to cut down on costs, consider rolling up your sleeves, renting a moving truck, and going after it yourself. The key is to do all the packing in advance, so that you waste no time once you have your moving truck. Hit up some friends or family who can help you with the loading and unloading. Moving can be exhausting, but with proper lifting, resting, and hydration, you can manage without having to hire professional help. Pizza’s on you!
Spend Some to Save Some
Cardboard boxes do great in a pinch, but they have some drawbacks. They can easily snag, tear, or collapse. When they get wet, they become prime real estate for mold – which could damage any gear you’re storing. Plus, dissimilarly shaped boxes have a habit of tumbling over if you’re not careful. We recommend picking up some stackable storage containers made of quality plastic. Not only are they more durable, they offer your stuff better protection, and their uniform size will make it easier to stack your stuff strategically and maximize your vertical space. Plus, storage containers are simpler to use than boxes – you just slap on the lid and go – saving you a little time in the process.
Resell, Repurpose, Recycle
The more you move, the more it’ll cost you. Spend some time deciding what’s worth taking with you – and what isn’t. Reselling old items can even help supplement some of the moving costs. You could also think about gifting that second surfboard to your buddy for helping you out with the move. Donate, repurpose, or recycle whatever’s left.
Rent a Storage Unit
If you’re looking at a gap between moving out of your old place and into your new one, you may not want to toss out all the stuff that won’t fit into your temporary home. Rather than replacing your expensive gear and furniture, costing you more in the long run, rent a storage unit that can keep your things in great shape for you. When you’re ready to move into your new home, it’s easy to pick up and go.
Your Stuff Matters. So Does Your Journey.
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