Moving out of state can be an exciting experience, but it can also be very overwhelming. There are new adventures to be had, you just need to get to your destination first. That can be incredibly time consuming, expensive, and frustrating – especially if things don’t go the way you thought they would.
The good news is that, although an out of state move will undoubtedly be a bit emotionally overwhelming, it doesn’t have to drain your bank account.
If you want to move out of state on a reasonable budget, the following tips and tricks will help you. It is highly recommended you follow most – if not all – these tips to create the largest possible savings.
Do Your Research
Before making any decisions, it is vital you do your research. Prior to creating any type of plan, you should have a solid idea of what your options are, estimates on what different methods of moving will cost, and how long different things will take.
It’s okay to only have estimates, and not set amounts. Things can change as you progress, and sometimes things simply happen that you didn’t expect. But having estimates can give you an idea of what your best options are. A few examples of what to research include:
- What options are available for moving your items, and how much do they cost? (Renting a moving truck, using your own vehicles, renting a pick-up truck, shipping your items, etc.)
- What professional services are available, and how much do they cost? Some companies offer packing, unloading, personal vehicle transportation, moving of antiques, etc.
- How long is the drive from your current home to your new one? Remember to include time for rest stops, meals, and stretching your legs every few hours.
- Are there any special considerations which need to be made? People moving with an older person, those with disabilities, very young children, or pets may have special considerations.
- What packing supplies will have to be purchased?
- Should you hire a moving broker? It may cost a few extra dollars, but it will save you a significant amount of time – the tradeoff could be the best thing for your budget.
- If you are on any medications, where will you be able to fill those in your new town? (While this may not seem vital for moving, the lack of certain prescriptions can be devastating for certain individuals.)
Every person’s situation is unique, so there may be more things you need to investigate. These are the most basic, however, and will provide you with enough information to move forward with our other tips and tricks.
The organization is key to a successful move that has limited to no interruptions. Before packing the rest of your household, be sure to pack an individual bag for each person in the family. This travel bag ensures that all-important items are within arm’s reach during the move and can keep you from making unnecessary stops that would push your schedule back. Travel bags should include:
- 3 changes of clean clothing
- Chargers for cell phones or any electronics which will be used for entertainment on the drive
- Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, etc.)
Remember to include bags for pets also. You should include a small portion of food, collapsible or spill-proof drink and food containers, medications, and leash. Storage containers with lids make perfect spill-proof food dishes.
Plan to pack snacks and easy meals for your trip, which can cost half as much as ordering food on the road. Sandwiches are always an appropriate choice.
Now to create your plan. It should be effective immediately so there is a glaring statement of how long you have left to orchestrate the move. Include when the move must take place and when everyone will be returning to work after the move.
By having a well-organized, highly thought out plan, you limit complications, distractions, hidden fees or costs which cut into your new budget and make for a generally more satisfying move.
Limit What Needs to Be Moved
Before and during packing, start limiting what needs to be moved. Most households accumulate unnecessary clutter over time, and now is the perfect time to get rid of it. Depending on the size of your home and family, you could eliminate enough to save a few boxes or an entire moving truck of items.
Not sure what can be gotten rid of? Here are a few ideas:
- Clothing and shoes which never get worn
- Socks without matches
- Anything broken or past it’s use, from clothing to linens to toys and furniture
- Paperwork that is no longer relevant
- Books, movies, video games that no longer get used
- Rusty or damaged tools
- Most of the items in your attic – that don’t hold sentimental value
- Furniture that will no longer be needed or isn’t part of your main necessities (extra chairs, the dresser and loveseat sitting in the attic, etc.)
These are just a few ideas. To get rid of them, donate what is still usable or hold a yard sale. Throw unusable items in the trash. This will immediately save you both money, and time unpacking at your new home.
Complete Everything in One Trip
Making one big trip is vastly less expensive than making two or more trips for an out of state move. Each trip costs the same amount of gas, whereas hiring a larger truck and loading up your trunk will save you both time and money.
Pack Your Boxes the Right Way
To make a single trip easier and limit the size or number of moving trucks you require, ensure you’ve packed your boxes the correct way. Boxes should be filled entirely, never half-filled. When packing in a truck (if you don’t have a mover), you can stack boxes all the way to the ceiling. Remember to place large, heavy items like furniture on the bottom to prevent damage to lighter, more fragile items.
Use boxes of no more than three varied sizes, although two is preferred. This will help to fit the most in, as they will stack much easier. Choose one large box size for bulky items, and a smaller size for things like papers, clothing, etc.
If you use these tips and tricks, you are guaranteed to save money on your out of state move. Although you can’t relieve all the overwhelming emotions associated with such a big step, you can help by alleviating some of the financial burden. Remember: every penny counts, and those pennies can quickly add up to big savings.