Not only is moving an expensive proposition, but it is also one that can be filled with anxiety, not to mention the expense. If you are moving overseas, there are some things you can do to limit both the expense and the chaos. By doing these five things, you can significantly cut the cost of moving and make it a lot more pleasurable.
Have a yard sale
The last thing you want to do is move things overseas that you don’t need. Go through your stuff well in advance to ensure that they are “move worthy”. Often, we get caught up in packing and don’t consider whether we want to bring things with us or not. Moving is the perfect time to downsize and evaluate what we need and what we don’t. Be realistic about what you need and what you don’t. Whatever is in the go pile can make you some additional money for the move if you have a yard sale. Don’t bring along things that you don’t ever use; that is just a waste of time and money.
Reuse packing materials
Instead of using all new boxes and packing material check your local classified ads to find people who are reselling or disposing of moving materials. If you plan ahead, you can find recycled things to use for your move. Not only will that cut down on the cost of moving, but it is also much better for the environment. Be resourceful and use recycled things to make your move much less expensive.
Hire ahead of time
If you wait to hire a mover until the last minute, you will be beholden to pay whoever has the date open. Finding a mover early on will make it more likely that you will find the most reputable at the best price. Don’t wait until the last moment or you could find yourself with a very expensive relocation.
Use what is in your pantry
A month before you move, try to be creative with your menus and use the items in your pantry. Instead of going to the grocery to purchase things to eat, minimize your budget by eating things that you already have. Otherwise, the food in your pantry will go to waste, and that is just one more expense that isn’t necessary.
Buy tickets ahead of time
As soon as you know the moving date, make sure to buy tickets for you and your family. If you wait until the last minute, the cost of your travel will go up considerably. The more time you have to plan your trip, the more probable it is that you will get a better price for your airline tickets. In general, planning ahead is the best way to cut costs when moving internationally.
International movers Canada is a company that is committed to trying to minimize both the stress and the cost of your move. If you do the planning ahead of time, they can ensure that come moving day, everything will go as planned, and, at a fraction of the cost of waiting until the last minute.