Congratulations! You’ve finished college and are now relocating to be closer to your new job.
While this is exciting you’re also faced with the task of moving all of your stuff. And, since this can sometimes be a very expensive task, you’re looking to save as much money as possible.
If this sounds like you, here’s how you can save money when moving after college.
Compare Moving Prices
If you have a lot of big objects to move, you’re going to need some help. Professional movers can alleviate the stress of relocating by moving your things for you.
However, it’s extremely important that you research moving companies before hiring one. Moving fees can significantly vary between moving companies and so can customer service.
You want a company that is licensed and insured to move your items for you. This way if your items happen to be damaged, you’ll be covered. You can look for movers in your area. Take the time to compare moving companies before hiring one. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.
Also, don’t forget to keep the receipt from the moving company as you’ll be able to write it off your taxes as a moving expense! This is another easy way to save some money.
Look for Deals on Things You Need
When moving to a new place you’ll often be presented with finding items that you need. For example, maybe your last place came equipped with appliances but your new place doesn’t. If you buy brand new, this will be a huge expense.
You can find good deals on all the things you need if you’re willing to shop secondhand. You can find amazing deals on appliances at Craigslist or even scratch-and-dent stores (or check this list of Craigslist Alternatives). Many other household items you need can be found at secondhand stores, yard sales, or as hand-me-downs from your family.
Ask Friends and Family to Help
The last time I moved my friends and family loaded me up with almost everything I needed but didn’t have. I was given furniture, pots and pans, a microwave, and more.
A lot of your friends and family probably have items you need sitting around in storage and are just waiting to find a good home for them. Don’t be afraid to let your family know what you need.
Also, your friends and family can help you pack up your smaller items while movers take care of the large stuff.
Moving after college is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. You can save yourself money and headaches by planning in advance.
Research moving companies and start looking for deals on the things you need. By doing this you’ll keep your stress down and can focus more on your new career possibilities and less on the hassle of moving.
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