Moving on a Budget for Students
Relocating places of residence undoubtedly sets forth a new and exciting chapter because it is filled with fresh beginnings and adventure. Whether you’re moving out of your parents house for the first time, from your dorm to an apartment, or you’re taking off to grad school in a couple of months, you can have an easy move that is also easy on your wallet. Any relocation process entails strategic planning and preparations, especially if you when moving on a budget for students. If it is your first time moving out, it is understandable to feel nervous and not know what to expect. Lets take a look at some of the essential tips that will help set you on the right path.
Hiring Movers VS. DIY
It is a common misconception that hiring movers will be more expensive than doing it yourself., especially when moving on a budget for students. That rental truck and a couple of enthusiastic friends that are willing to give a helping hand may look like a good deal. However, organizing and carrying out a successful moving process is harder than it seems. In the end can cost you more than if you were to hire professional movers. Let’s elaborate:
– Many credible movers offer affordable, cost effective, flat rate moving services. The flat rate will most likely come with a 4 hour minimum cap on it, but anyone who has relocated before will tell you it takes at least that or longer. The services include professional packing, loading and transportation of your belongings from point A to point B. There is an additional fee for the moving supplies, although inexpensive, being a student usually means a tight budget and every dollar matters, therefore it is recommend utilizing any old boxes you may have or picking some up at your local supermarket. Some companies charge for packing separately, therefore it is advised to thoroughly discuss your moving needs and options with a relocation expert when shopping around different companies. Keep in mind that not all companies are the same, although most are credible, there are those who lure with false incentives. Be wary of very low quotes that will lead to hidden fees.
– Doing it yourself means you must rent a truck, moving supplies and be ready to properly pack, load and drive the truck to its destination. Sounds easy enough, but you will quickly learn how the smallest mistake can end up costing you hundreds if not thousands. When it comes to renting a truck many things can be said but easy is not one of them. From lack of available trucks that are designated to your particular move to over the top late fees (5 minutes late results in an additional full 24 hour rental charge), renting a moving truck, such as a U-Haul is not an easy task to say the least. The same can be said about renting and handling moving supplies. Most people are not accustomed to doing what professional movers are vastly skilled in doing. Such as proper packaging and handling of your fragile and delicate items. They will safely load and unload your prized possessions that are for the most part heavy and tough to handle. Not to mention their ability to properly arrange and drive the trucks. This means the probability of your belongings getting to their destination in a safe and timely manner is tremendously higher. Having to replace furniture and belongings that were damaged during the move can become quite costly.
Make $ doing it
When moving on a budget for students definitely consider having a yard sale to sell some of the items you no longer need and won’t be taking with you. Although may take some time, Craigslist is another great outlet to get rid of the stuff no longer serving a purpose. This will help you de-clutter before you move, leaving less items to have to transport, ultimately saving time and money. The extra money you make can help pay for the move itself. In the case that you are unable to sell the items you are not taking, consider donating them versus throwing them away. There are non-profit organizations that will come to you in the case you are unable to get the items to them.