House shifting or relocation is a strenuous activity. According to research, relocation is amongst the top stress-causing factors of the world; other factors being joss of job, divorce, breakup, and death of a loved one. House shifting from one place to another is exhausting but it doesn’t always have to be. If you have a positive mindset, pragmatic preparation, and a sufficient budget, you can carry out a relocation process without much hassle.
Relocation is a major benchmark in one’s life. It is an equally frantic process whether you move alone or with your entire family. There are a lot of mixed feelings regarding the house shifting process. On one side, you have ample hopes and aspirations about the upcoming life and lifestyle of the new place. On the other hand, your mind is surrounded by worries and uncertainties of a yet unknown place. Moreover, you are anxious about going overboard with the expenses of the moving process.
Relocation processes are of three types:
- Local Relocation- Moving from one house to another in the same state or province.
- Intercity Relocation- Moving your house from one state to another distant state.
- International Relocation- Moving your base overseas to another country.
A successful relocation needs a lot of contrivances and elaborate planning leading to smooth execution. Exercise your administrative and decisive skills to direct the procedure in an enterprising way. Shifting your possessions from one house to another is an expensive affair. Yet, proactive planning and reckoning can help you slash down the cost of the relocation process.
Let us get to learn the effective tips and tricks for hiring movers and packers on a low budget:
If you start early on planning for the move and saving up enough money for the relocation, you won’t get stuck with sudden last-minute expenses. So start planning and saving at least three months before the day of your move.
Budgeting is the key:
For your moving cost to be over or within your limits has to have the decided limit first. Deciding on your limit to spend on a particular purpose is called budgeting. Fix a budget for your move. An estimated budget for relocation purposes will give you clarity on considering the uniform allocation of your finances on tasks that are to be done. You will be able to check the areas that require larger shares of expenses. If needed, you will be able to spend on certain minor fixes post-relocation using the savings that you set aside as a part of an effective budget.
Make an inventory:
Making an inventory or a checklist of all your possessions is the first thing that you should do on your part right at the beginning of the relocation process. According to the inventory, you will be notified about the tasks that you have to do in the process of moving. You will also be able to allow yourself some particular period to complete the tasks. This effective following-up with the checklists will enable you to have better control of your entire relocation process. Furthermore, you will be able to estimate the size of the move.
Carry only the essentials:
The cost of relocation depends on the magnitude of the entire consignment and the distance of the move. The magnitude of your consignment is the total number of boxes and its weight depends on the size of the possessions you want to move. Steer clear of unnecessary items and carry only the essential things that you will need in the future. Consider selling old furniture or defunct home appliances. Donate old clothes, shoes, bags, toys, and books to a nearby NGO or an orphanage. Discard the kaput items that cannot be reused by anyone. Cutting out the unnecessary items from your house before moving will lower the size of your consignment, thereby lessening the moving cost to a great degree.
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Move when the time is right:
If you are in a positive situation where you can fix the time of your move, utilize this situation very wisely. Your time of moving is an important factor in reducing your moving costs. If you can fix and confirm the packers and movers company about your moving date at least 2 months before, the company may give you an early-bird discount. If you are planning to relocate during the winters, which are the off-season for the packers and movers industry, you are going to save at least a 20-30% discount on the standard rates. Do not move on weekends, or national holidays, or at the end or beginning of the month. These times, the rates are higher due to the high demands of the moving companies.
Re-use to reduce:
Reuse the old boxes from a grocery store or check if any of your friends or neighbours have recently conducted a shifting process. Reuse those boxes to pack your possessions for free. Moreover, repurpose your household items like buckets, baskets, laundry bins, trash cans, suitcases, backpacks, and other personal luggage to pack your clothes and other possessions. Use the blankets, bedsheets, towels, socks, and other pieces of clothing as wrapping and cushioning materials. Reuse waste newspapers as padding material for glasses and crockery and to fill the gaps in the bigger containers to avoid spillage. Re-use things being creative and practical to reduce your final cost of moving.
Find the best rates:
There are numerous packers and movers service providing companies adjacent to your area. But you need to find the best-suited service provider according to your budget and preferences. For that, you have to put in some effort to do some online research. Check out their Packers and movers charges and compare the rates between the companies to find the one who settles for the least quotation. Finalize on that moving company.
Consider doing a DIY house shifting:
Trust your self-instincts. Being independent will eventually make you more superior than others in every field. Home relocation is one such aspect in which you can be self-dependent and save a lot of money. While packing your possessions, start the process months ahead of the day of moving. Making lists, planning, managing, finding cheaper packing supplies, and de-cluttering your house is to be done in the initial days. Dedicate a few hours every day to pack your possessions. While packing, you have to be very patient and d careful about handling things. Since you are not a professional in this field, you will take more time and more fervor while packing. If you can be assiduous in this regard, you can successfully conduct relocation at a very low cost.
While moving, you can hire a moving container or pod which are available at much lower rates. Ask your family and friends to help you carry the boxes to the pod. You can even ask friends and family if they can lend you a spacious SUV for transporting your possessions from one house to another. DIY packing and moving is a foolproof way of saving money in the relocation process.
Your Call After All
Relocation is a meticulous activity and carrying it out effectively on a low budget is a practical way to exhibit your financial and administrative skills. The hacks mentioned above need your commitment and perseverance to allow sufficient saving of your hard-earned money. Saving money for the future is important as it allows you to face sudden challenges that may require lump-sum expenditure. I hope this article has given you a clearer insight into home relocation on a low budget. Wishing you a happy move.
Author Bio:- Vishal