Moving may have been fun and exciting when we were children, but as we get older and take on more responsibilities, we all experience the stress and financial costs of the process. This life change may take a toll on your finances, but if you plan early and strategically, you could save a small fortune of money. To avoid breaking your wallet, here are some ways to cut costs on your move!
- Plan in advance
A plan of action always helps to simplify a complicated process. Before the big day, plan ahead of time and have an idea in mind on the number of items required to pack and move and have a rough budget plan in mind. In that way, you can build around the budget plan and find cost-effective solutions.
- Adopt a minimalist attitude
When packing for the move, you’ll realize the amount of junk you’ve acquired over the years. Some items may be sentimental or nostalgic, but this is the time to prioritise reason over emotions. Since we live in a digital age nowadays, there are many ways to digitalise old memorabilia, which in turn minimizes the amount of items for the move.
- Sell secondhand furniture
As the saying goes, a man’s junk is another man’s treasure, instead of throwing away old furniture, try earning a few bucks by selling your secondhand furniture on online groups or forums, such as the Swap it HK Facebook group. You’ll be surprised by the high demand of secondhand furniture, as items of all shapes and sizes sell like hot cakes on this group!
- Buy new furniture instead of moving old ones
This may sound counterintuitive, but buying new furniture can turn out to be more cost-effective than moving old ones. Buying new furniture can also reduce some mental stress, as furniture shops can directly send the new furniture over to your new address and help you set it up.
- Don’t splurge on packing materials
The first thing that comes to mind when packing items may be cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, but you’d be surprised by the high costs of bubble wrap. You can save a few bucks by using common household items to wrap items, such as old towels, clothes and newspapers. Instead of buying cardboard boxes, try getting them for free from moving companies or buy red-white-blue plastic bags as a more cost-effective solution.