Life is filled with sticker shock moments. Few are more shocking than those that occur during a big move.
Whether you’re relocating yourself or an entire business, the weight of expenses can be stressful but know that you’re not alone.
According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people moved in the United States from 2012 to 2013 alone. The report also found that the most common reason for long-distance moves was for job-related reasons.
With that many people moving across the country or abroad because of work every year, there are some tried and true strategies to reduce both stress and costs.
Time vs. Money
Before the big move, you need to figure out which of these you do and don’t have.
If you have funds out the gate or if you’re getting some of your moving expenses covered by your company, the most stress-reducing choice may be to hire movers. Since they are experts, they will save you time in the long-run when it comes to packing.
If you don’t have money, you will need to make sure that you allot yourself enough time to comfortably organize, pack up, and eventually unpack the things you’d like to move.
Sell, Don’t Ship
Obviously you can’t sell every single one of your belongings or office supplies and start 100% fresh in your new location. But you can try.
When it comes to big items that take up a lot of valuable shipping space (couches, other furniture, computers etc.), consider trying to sell those items before the move and replace them once you’re settled in to your new home or office.
By doing this, you’ll pocket money from the sales and save money because there will be less to ship.
Don’t Be Surprised By Regulations
To save yourself from penalties, fines, and extra stress, make sure to research any shipping regulations especially if you’re moving internationally.
As the article “How to Keep Moving Costs to a Minimum” points out, one of the easiest ways to handle this is to hire a corporate relocation service with expertise in international compliance.
If you can’t afford this sort of service, make sure to research the regulations for the country you’re moving to.
Be sure to get a range of quotes when it comes to the cost of things like shipping a car or moving trucks.
This will help you get the best deal possible and it may help you realize that some of these tasks will be cheaper if you handle them yourself.
You may find that it’s actually more cost-effective to drive your car across the country yourself than have it shipped or towed.
Save Money on the Small Stuff
Everything adds up when it comes to moving costs which is why you should be frugal everywhere you can.
Rather than buying brand new moving boxes, look on sites like Craigslist for used moving boxes or go to your local grocery store to see if they have extra boxes headed for the recycle bin.
Likewise, consider more affordable solutions for how you pack your belongings.
Plastic bags, newspapers, and coupon circulars can help you store fragile items. You can cover your furniture with old sheets or a drop cloth that you plan on using when painting your new apartment.
An easy way to save money is to get imaginative with how things can serve multiple purposes during and after the move.
Moves are rarely easy and involve countless moving parts.
But by following these tips you can reduce both your stress and costs all the while preparing for new personal or business ventures ahead.
About the Author: Kristin Livingstone writes on a variety of topics including small business and cross-country moving.