Moving after retirement can be stressful.
It involves investing a lot of time and money, and generally requires placing your trust in a realtor to negotiate in your best interests. Toss the paperwork, packing, and strains of scheduling a move into the equation and the sources of stress pile up.
One way you can relieve some of that stress is controlling what you can control. By taking command of your finances during a move, you can save some cash as well as your peace of mind. Here are a few of the ways that you can save some cash during the moving process.
If you’re not in a rush to make the move, take the time to go through your belongings and cull the possessions that you rarely use. Moving companies charge based on the size and weight of what they’re being asked to move; it doesn’t make sense to spend money moving things that you don’t want or need.
If you’ve already closed on your new home, consider the dimensions of your new place and what pieces of furniture will fit in your new home. If you are planning to move your appliances, think about the age, mass, and appearance.
Once you have figured out what has to go try selling the items and use the earnings to offset the cost of moving. Try selling your goods at a yard sale or post them on an online marketplace. Oftentimes, buyers will come to pick up the items at your convenience.
Making a list of the things that need to be done will help you save time and move effectively. Remaining efficient decreases the amount of money you’ll end up paying. Make sure to pick the dates you transfer or shut down your utilities. Don’t pay more than you have to. Also, keep a track of home renovation costs and realtor fees to save large amounts of money during tax season.
While moving you may find yourself eating out more than you would like. To cut down on food cost meal prep before you move. Or order meal kits that can be delivered to you and easily prepared at your new place.
Start packing by using luggage, bags, baskets, and coolers first. Try to use every you have before buying moving supplies. Use newspapers and magazines instead of packing peanuts and bubble wrap but beware of ink transfers. Or you can use blankets, linens, and towels as packing materials. While packing, place smaller things inside bigger ones to cut down on the amount of moving boxes you use.
Invest wisely in packaging
Use trash bags for your clothes instead of boxes. Leave clothes on the hangers and secure the bag so that the hooks are exposed. This will allow you to hang up the clothes in the closet easily.
If you have to use boxes try to get them for free at places like the grocery store, Craigslist, and big-box retailers. Your neighborhood grocery store is the perfect place to find boxes and packing supplies for glasses, mugs, and your favorite bottles of alcohol. Bookstores also have great boxes for packing heavy objects.
If free boxes are not available buy gently used recycled boxes to save money. You can then resell your boxes when you’ve completed your move.
Move what you can yourself
If you have heavier items that are small and can fit inside your car, move those yourself. It will save you money with whichever moving company you use. If you decide to rent a truck yourself, the key is to cut down on the time you have it. Make sure all your things are ready before getting the truck. If you are properly prepared just load, drive, and unload and you’re done. It goes even faster if you have friends and family help.
If speed is not an option a container is a good alternative. Using portable storage units gives you more time to move without a moving service. You load up your things and the company simply delivers the container to your new home. Storage will also help ensure that your items are being stored in temperature-monitored areas, rather than a space that could get too exposed or humid and end up damaging your valuables.
Find the right moving company
Buying moving insurance can be extremely worthwhile, especially if you are unable to carry heavy furniture or want to avoid injury. If you mess up on your own and break your valuables that are not insured, there’s no way to get compensated for that unless you hire a moving company.
If you are considering booking a moving company make sure to hunt for the best sale. Get a fixed price, instead of an estimate. Always try to negotiate for lower prices. Make sure that they don’t add on extra fees for things like stairs or fuel.
Plan to move between October and April if you want a deep discount. Avoid the middle and end of the month, these are the most active times. If you don’t have a strict timeline call and get quotes for different days in the month.
Moving services usually charge by the hour, so make sure they move quickly and efficiently. Be prepared, break down large items before they arrive, and be sure they can get in and out as fast as possible. Reserve the elevator where available. Secure a convenient parking spot. If you want to save money take small pieces in your car and leave the big items for the movers.
Most of all, enjoy the process. Moving after retirement can be stressful! As you turn the page on a new chapter, try to enjoy the good and bad along the way.