It can be quite exciting to move into a new home. However, it is also a rather stressful experience due to all the packing, moving and unpacking that is required. In today’s struggling economy, additional stress can come from the expense of moving from one place to another. Therefore, we at Hazen Enterprises wish to share a few tips for cutting costs and better preparing for your next move into a new house, townhouse, or apartment.
Plan Your Move
The problem with doing anything ‘on the fly’ is that numerous unexpected expenses always seem to pop up. Moving without planning can present various problems due to the deadlines that are involved. Move-out dates, new family move-in dates, utility cut offs, mover schedules and other issues can put you in a real bind if you aren’t adequately prepared.
Therefore, it is prudent to make a list of all the things that you need to complete your move. By creating a checklist of all the items that need to be covered and planning events required with a move, you not only save money, but you also save wear and tear on your sanity. You can get a free downloadable checklist planner designed especially for those moving here.
Declutter as You Pack
Moving is a great time to get rid of clutter and items that you rarely use. If you are hiring a moving company, you are usually charged by weight so the less you have hauled to your new home, the less you will pay. Even if you choose to move yourself, lightening the load will save you gas money as well as toil and back pain. Also, in many cases, moves are made from larger spaces to smaller dwellings so transferring all you own to the new apartment can make things horribly cramped.
Therefore, as you are packing up items, set aside those that you do not absolutely need. You can carry unwanted items to a second hand store or have a yard sale and make extra cash for moving or for buying new decorative items for your new home. You might also choose to give items away to charities and receive tax deductions.
Create an Inventory List
Another prudent move is to acquire renters insurance on your new home or apartment which protects your belongings in case of some unexpected tragedy. An itemized listing of your items will be a valuable asset should you ever suffer a loss and need to make a claim.
Therefore, as you are packing the items you wish to move, create an inventory list of valuable items along with their approximate value. It is also a good idea to create a digital photo file of such. While you’re at it, use a sharpie to write what items you place in each box on the exterior so it’s easier to identify what you need when you arrive to your new home.
If you take the time to properly plan your move, declutter as you pack and create an itemized inventory list, you will save yourself considerable cost and headaches throughout the process and can better focus on the excitement of moving to a new home.
If you’re looking for homes for rent in Tucson, AZ, call Hazen Enterprises at (520) 795-8429 for availability.