New homes are expensive. Not only do you have the purchase price, down payment, closing costs, and realtor fees but you also have to factor in the cost of moving your items from your current location to your new one. If your new home does not come with appliances, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of appliance purchase and installation.
So, how do you keep costs down throughout this process?
Keeping moving costs down
Shop around before you commit –
One of the easiest ways to keep costs down is to shop around before you settle on something and sign an agreement. For instance, if you’re going to use a moving company to help you, you’ll want to get multiple quotes from different places and then choose one that works within your budget.
If you’re going to purchase boxes to help with the move, you’ll want to research the best deals and see where you can get wholesale pricing for buying in bulk. Or better yet, go free and ask your local grocery store, Walmart, Target, and large department stores for boxes they are going to put in recycling. They’ll gladly offload them to you for free.
Time your move –
Most moving companies and other moving services change their rates throughout the year to accommodate the high moving season which is May to August. If you’re wanting to move during these summer months, expect to budget more for your move.
Otherwise, you can save money by purchasing a home and doing the moving in the fall or right before winter.
Pack yourself –
There’s nothing more freeing, and annoying, than packing. It’s really a combination of the best of both worlds. Freeing because you can now go through your home and get rid of anything you do not want to take with you. Annoying because let’s face it, no one wants to pack up their entire home!