Right after death and divorce, moving is ranked the third biggest stressor in life. It’s a life-altering event that represents a new phase in your life.

It’s no secret that moving is expensive. Once you’ve made the decision to move and you’re past the excitement stage, the image of dollar signs is probably going to be tattooed to your brain for the next few weeks. Petty costs add up pretty fast and can lead to a whole lot of unnecessary stress when budgets are tight. The good news here is that although moving can be super stressful and expensive, you can manage it by strategizing a little bit.

Here’s how to keep your costs— and your headaches— to a minimum.

A couple in their new home surrounded by boxes

 

Declutter

Minimalism asks for a simple lifestyle. Even if you aren’t a minimalist, you can still make use of this philosophy. Decluttering your home and getting rid of all the excess junk items will significantly reduce your stress. For this, you’ll need to create an inventory of all your items and belongings.

First, start with all the items that you won’t need in your new house. This includes junk that you’ve hoarded over the years, but haven’t used in a while. Take time to go through your rooms and evaluate all the items you absolutely need and the items you can see yourself living without. Some decisions will obviously be easier than others, but keep in mind your budget and the space in your new home. Although you may not want to part with the old piano that you haven’t used in ages— there might not be enough space for it, and it’ll cost a fortune to relocate, so why not give it to someone who’s going to make use of it?

After you’ve decided which items you don’t need, you can start selling them. Host a huge garage sale to get your items out and earn a bit of cash on the side that you can add to your moving budget. You can post on your neighborhood Facebook community, list your items on online sites such as Etsy, eBay and depopp, or use online apps such as OfferUp. You’re likely to get a good deal if your items are in good condition.

If you don’t want to sell your possessions, donate them to charity out of the goodness of your heart. IRS allows you to deduct charitable donations worth up to 50% from your gross income when you donate to NGO’s as long as you can provide a receipt for proof. So, pick out a local NGO whose mission you agree with, such as NGO’s working with homeless and children’s shelters, and donate all your non-essential items to them. This way, you won’t only be saving money, but you’ll also be able to go to sleep at night knowing you helped those in need.

Decluttering will help in significantly cutting down your costs when your local moving company transports your belongings, especially if you’re moving long-distance. Fewer items in your home mean fewer items to relocate and fewer costs.

 

A woman carrying a packed brown cardboard box in her new house

 

Get Cost Estimates

After you’ve managed to declutter your home, and divide your items by importance, it’s time to get your written cost estimates from your local moving company. Hiring a professional local moving company in Seattle will help you out, especially if you’re moving long-distance. Although you won’t know the exact sum up-front, it’s always good to get an estimate of the cost that you’ll be spending on moving. Costs are usually higher during peak moving season, i.e. May through August, so avoid moving during this time, if possible.

If you can’t decide whether or not you want to hire a professional moving company, consider the items you’d like to take. If you think you can easily transport heavy-duty furniture with the help of your friends, or valuable and fragile items on your own, then you won’t need a moving company. However, if you’re moving long-distance, and have several complicated and fragile items you need to move, it’s probably best to hire a moving company. They’re efficient and experienced, so it’ll save you a lot of time and frustration.

You obviously want a good local company that is affordable, so check out their reviews on Yelp or Google. Ask for referrals from family and friends, and spend some time researching the quality of their services. You don’t want to end up with a company that’s super cheap but damages all your property.

When you get into contact with professional moving companies, fill out a moving quote. Professional moving companies will get back to you with their price offers. Next, ask them for an on-site visit. Your local moving company will send over a moving representative who will be able to give you a written cost estimate of your expenses. Don’t settle for any cost estimates over the phone, since those are super unreliable.

It’s best to have a couple of local moving companies come and take a look at your Seattle home so that you can compare prices and settle on the one that you trust the most.

A happy couple unloading their packed boxes from their car

 

Packing on A Budget

Now that you know what your moving costs are, you can make a more precise budget. Don’t exclude petty costs and expenses, as they can add up.

You don’t need to spend on things such as packing. Your moving help Seattle will likely offer professional packing services that you can easily avail for an added price. However, if you’re on a super tight budget, then we recommend using household items as packing materials for your belongings. Use socks and newspapers to wrap glasses, towels, and old rags to separate plates, and try to find old boxes where your items originally came from.

Since boxes can seriously drive up the cost of your move, search for free boxes. If you work in an office, ask around if there are any boxes that you can use. You can also ask your friends and family to help you out by providing you with any unwanted boxes or packing items that they may have. You can also visit your local grocery store or small businesses in your area searching for cardboard boxes. However, don’t use any visibly low-quality boxes since they can easily tear, resulting in your belongings either falling out or breaking.

Begin your packing process as soon as your moving date has been confirmed so that you won’t have to pay for professional packing services from your local moving company at the last minute. You can disassemble your furniture on your own, or with help from a few friends. If you don’t have too many fragile or complicated items, you most likely won’t need help from your moving company. Ask your friends for some help, and follow a moving schedule for a seamless and budget-friendly transition to your new home!

Making sure you’ve hired the right residential moving services in Seattle can transform your moving experience. If you’re on the lookout for a good local moving company to help you move into your new home on a budget, Acme Moving Labor, a Seattle-based residential moving company Seattle has got you covered. Acknowledged as one of the best local movers in Seattle, WA, we offer budget-friendly professional moving help and services for short and long distances. Our loading and unloading services are unmatched, and our skilled and experienced movers ensure a hassle-free move in Seattle and Kent, WA.

Contact us at (253) 653-8635 for more information.