It can be exciting and energizing to move to a new apartment or home. But the prospect of settling into a new place, especially when you’re on a budget, can also be overwhelming. Moving – and all the related tasks that go with it – can be expensive. From mortgages and rental deposits to moving supplies and movers, all those costs can quickly add up. If you’re moving to Portland, the sticker shock can be, well, shocking. The cost of living here is 130, compared with a state average of 113 and a national average of 100.
Here are some tips on how you can keep your moving expenses to a minimum.
Stick to a Budget
Know how much you can spend. That’s the first step. This will entail sitting down with your spreadsheets and figuring out just how much you can afford to spend on your move. When you know where your finances lie, you can better plan for the trip without breaking the budget. Be sure to create line items for the big stuff like movers and rent, but also the small things you may overlook like gas, food and lodging in between.
Take Your Time
Expenses often crop up when you’re rushed and haven’t had the time to fully research your options. When you’re forced to make last-minute decisions, you may find yourself spending more money than you planned to. Case in point: choosing the first mover you come across. This may not be the most cost effective choice. Take the time to research movers so you make the best decision.
Be proactive and you will save money. When you plan ahead of time, you can coordinate your move within the set budget. Come up with a checklist and go through them one by one as you do them. When you can anticipate costs, you can address them as they come up rather than be surprised.
Organize and Downsize
Purge through your old DVD collection, magazines, shoes (how many do you really need anyway?), books and just plain junk. Take an objective look at what you own, what purpose it serves you and why you would be better off without them. If something is broken, old, has no sentimental or monetary value, or you simply don’t use it anymore, throw it out, donate it or recycle it. To make some extra cash, sell things online or hold a yard sale so you can pad your budget.
Pick Up Free Moving Supplies
There’s no reason to buy new boxes when you can get them for free from your local grocery or liquor store. You don’t have to buy packing paper, either. Just use newspaper, rags, clothes, and old blankets to pad your breakable items.
Move in the Off-Season
The cost of moving changes with the season. Summer is considered peak season, so you’ll pay more for movers at that time because they are busy. Same with the holidays. If you can plan your move in the off-season, such as in fall, late winter or early spring, you can save cash. Plus, you’ll have a better choice of time slots. Also, weekends cost more than weekdays, so try to plan your move for earlier in the week.
DIY Some of Your Move
You shouldn’t do away with movers entirely. They serve a vital purpose in getting your heavy items loaded on the truck, and then unloading them at the new destination. But if you really need to save money, do the packing yourself and most of the small stuff, like clothing and small items. You can invite some friends over to help. You can always hire labor only movers, who will get your heavy items out while you handle the rest.
Contact Portland Move
If you need help with your budget-conscious move in Portland, contact us at 971-226-6687.