No one likes moving. Even the best move is a painful process. It doesn’t matter if it is a move across the street, across the country, or across an ocean or two. Moving is hard work. There is just no getting around it.
Part of the problem is emotional. From the moment we unpack a box, we are laying down roots. Packing it back up feels a little like being uprooted. And no matter how cramped and crowded your current place is, there is no place like home. Moving is disorienting in a way that makes you feel like you have nowhere to call home, at least temporarily.
Nothing in the world is going to make the discomfort of moving go away completely. But you can make it a bit less expensive, and a bit less emotionally distressful. Here are a few things that will help:
Don’t Cheap out on the Mover
There are some things you don’t want to cheap out on. Discount surgery would be just one example. If your house has a gas leak, you don’t want that worked on by the lowest bidder. And you probably want the airplane pilot to be well paid.
You should probably put movers in that category as well. One of the most expensive mistakes you will make in life is to hire a bad mover. Things will be lost. And you will not be compensated. Property will be broken. And you will still have to pay for those broken pieces to be moved.
If you hire an expert moving company, you should expect the following options:
- Custom crating
Thinking you will get this kind of service from the guys that will move you for $20 and a pizza is an unrealistic expectation that will leave you in tears. If you think moving that big screen TV is expensive, you should try replacing it. It is better to spend a little more up front for quality movers, than spending it after the fact recovering from a disastrous move.
Make Your Own Stuff
It starts with a few small craft projects, the next phase is something like scrap booking. And before you know it, you are making practical things that you can use in the home. And that will save you real money.
Making things yourself that you would have bought in a store will save you money, especially if you have kids. The savings get even bigger when you are making branded items from their favorite movie or TV series.
Your handcrafted items do not have to be directly related to the move to count as savings for the move. Whenever you need to save a little money, making things for yourself using the skills you already have is a great way to do it.
Take as Few Things with You as Possible
Think of it this way: If you take nothing with you, the move will be extremely inexpensive with no lost or damaged items. Maximize your expense by maximizing the amount of stuff you take with you.
The key is to find the sweet spot. Were you thinking about buying a new couch anyway? You might be saving money by selling your old couch and applying it to a new one on the other side. There are few things better for a move than a yard sale.
The less there is for the movers to do, the less it will cost you. A good mover will be prepared to pack up all your last-minute items and hard to pack goods. But if all they have to do is move packed and sealed, regularly shaped and sized boxes, their work is fast and easy. And your move is less expensive with fewer things that can go wrong.
Don’t cut corners with your mover. Use your crafting abilities to make useful items that you would otherwise have to buy retail. Take only what you have to. And do the prep yourself. It is still a move. And moving is always a pain. But if you do these things, it will be less painful, and a lot less expensive.