Long distance moving on a tight budget can be a stressful experience. You want to make sure everything goes smoothly, but you do not want the move to cost you an arm and a leg.

How To Afford Moving On A Tight Budget

The following tips can help you make long distance moving on a tight budget a reality.

Sell Your Unwanted Items

We all have items we never even think twice about, such as impulse purchases, raffle prizes, and appliances that have only been used once. The items are in great condition, but you are only holding on to them because they may be useful someday. Why not lighten the load by selling these unwanted items? You can sell these items to family and friends who may find them useful, but a garage sale may attract more customers. Another option is to sell these items on websites such as eBay and Craigslist. You are not only reducing the cost of packing, but you can put the money you earn towards your move.

Don't Pay For Boxes

You cannot save money by crossing boxes off the list, as they are essential for packing your belongings. However, you can save money by finding ways to obtain the boxes for free. You can start by asking peers who have recently moved if they have any boxes to spare. Another idea is to ask your local grocery and liquor stores if they have any spare boxes. The boxes strong enough to hold groceries and glass bottles, so they can definitely hold your belongings. You can also gather the discarded shipping boxes from these stores. Bring home empty boxes from your workplace, or check Freecycle to find out where you can gather boxes. You are not only saving money from gathering the boxes, but you are also recycling the boxes that have already been discarded.

Shut Down The Utilities Early

There are many utility companies that will not send you a bill after your moving date. You may wind up paying for an extra month if your billing cycle and moving date are not lined up with each other. If this is the case, you should consider shutting down the utilities a little early. You do not want to shut down necessities such as electricity, but going a week without cable will help you save a little money.

Hire A Professional Mover

It may seem like an additional expense to hire a professional moving company, but there are many companies that offer discounts in hopes of gaining more customers. You can save a little money by taking advantage of the free estimates and special discounts. You should actually get estimates from several companies so you can see which one fits your budget. Hiring a moving company allows you to focus on other tasks instead of lifting heavy items.

Drive Yourself

Your move is now in the hands of professional movers, but you still need to transport yourself, and your vehicle, to your new home. Why spend the money on vehicle shipping services when you can drive yourself to your destination? You can experience the thrill of a road trip without spending a ton of money on the vehicle shipping. The best part is you can keep your important documents, valuables, and pets with you throughout the move.

Long Distance Moving Doesn't Have to Be Beyond Your Budget!

The moving process is stressful enough without worrying about breaking the bank. You do not have to tear your hair out looking for ways to move while on a budget. All you have to do is look for opportunities to save money, from selling unwanted items to gathering discarded boxes from stores. Need more guidance and moving tips? Read more from our blog or give us a call at 1 (888) 754-9892.