Andrew Grow, Investment Advisor
Moving from your current residence can be extremely exciting and frustrating at the same time. Maybe you are moving in to your new house, which is certainly exciting, but then you’ve got to move all of your possessions, cancel the cable and internet bill, contact the post office… the list goes on! Here are a few tips and ideas to save you money, and hopefully avoid some of that frustration.
Create a budget – Moving costs money. Will you be hiring a moving company or will you enlist the help of friends and family? Will you need packing supplies and/or a moving truck? If you’re moving far, you need to think about gas, food, and perhaps evening lodging. Determine how much it will cost in advance to help you keep your expenses in check. And make sure to have a little extra in savings, just in case an unexpected expense arises.
Take inventory – Make a list of everything you want to move from your current residence to your new home. Making a list of the possessions you want to take with you will help when you actually start filling up boxes – stick to your list as opposed to making the decision to keep or throw away an item as you pack. This is also a perfect time to donate items you no longer need or want, but that can be used by someone else.
Contact your utility companies – Reach out to your cable and internet provider, utility companies, and any other service providers to let them know of your address change and, more importantly, a date to cease service. There is no need to pay for a service once you have left the previous residence.
Set up your mail to be forwarded – Stop in at your local post office, both for your current address and your new residence, to set up mail forwarding. You will also want to contact friends, family and businesses that send you mail to inform them of your move. This is another time making a list can help – cross off the names on your list as you let them know of your new address.
Shop around for moving companies – If you have only a few smaller items to move and can handle this on your own, more power to you; however, if you need the assistance of a moving company, shop around for different quotes. Not all moving companies are the same – some companies will do all of the packing for your (usually for a fee) while others will even shrink wrap all of your larger possessions (again, usually for a fee). Read reviews, get different quotes, and decide which company fits your needs best.
Doing your homework before moving day arrives can save time and money, and will hopefully make a stressful day a breeze. You’ll thank yourself on moving day for planning the day out weeks in advance. Instead of stressing over decisions to be made on the day of the move, you will be enjoying your new home with peace of mind knowing the work is already done.