Moving can be so exhausting, right? Well, for one thing, it can be really expensive to hire movers, buy boxes, and not to mention all the packing that takes place in between. I personally have tried many options to tackle the big “move” in the summer or fall. I want to share a lot of tips to help you with your next big move. Feeling a little overwhelmed with moving, finding movers, and getting all packed?
I know we would all love to just call a company and have them do all of the tedious packing, loading, and unpacking! However, the cost can easily start to add up if you happen to be on a budget. Here are a few steps to help you stick to a reasonable budget when getting ready to move…
#1 Grab A U-Haul Truck
When I first moved to Houston, I rented a U-Haul. A U-Haul for a day was only $19.95 at the time and I don’t think the price has changed much. In addition to that cost, you pay per mile (maybe like 0.50). This is a great option if your travel distance does not exceed 100 miles. The mileage is really what makes this add up! But, if you are moving out of your current city like I was at the time, it still was a cheaper option than hiring a company.
Cost: $19.95 for the day + miles cost x number of miles
So… If I decided to get a U-Haul truck to pack up my one-bedroom and travel 20 miles in the city, I would spend about ($19.95 x 0.59/per mile), which is $31.75. This is definitely a deal!
I have used a U-Haul truck and driven it from San Antonio to Houston for a total of $250. I was able to get it one way! This was a great deal also!
#2 Find Movers
The second time I moved I realized the importance of hiring professional movers if you have expensive furniture you don’t want to get nicked up! A scratched up bedroom set can be avoided if you are willing to spend a little extra.
How to find the right movers?
View their ratings
Pick the top 5
Give them a call for a quote
Most companies charge by the hour and the number of workers they send out. Pay special attention to how much stuff you are packing! Place everything in boxes because it makes the moving process go faster!
Grab your boxes from Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Walmart
Grab Boxing Tape
Marker for labeling (if you want to be a tad bit more organized lol)
Grab some paper and pencil and write down the name of companies and the amount
Book in advance to secure the date and time that works for you
#3 Ask your friends and grab a U-Haul
Moving is a big task. If you have great friends that don’t mind, this option could save you quite a bit of money. However, it can be a lot to ask of someone. Not only that, but they also aren’t professionals and could hurt themselves or break something valuable! I tried this option last year. I didn’t realize how much stuff I had accumulated over time. I had three friends come to help me and boy was it a huge task!
Choose the option that works best for you and your budget. When you get ready to move, take the time to sit down and weigh all of your options. Try not to wait until the last minute because you may forfeit some amazing deals. Just be sure to write down your options and compare the cost and time it will take to complete the task. Happy Moving!