Moving can be an expensive endeavor and it’s always a good thing if you’re able to save a few bucks along the way. The cheapest way to move, in most cases, is if you do the majority of the work yourself, rather than hiring a moving company. While this isn’t an option for every scenario, it’s almost always a cheaper way to go about it. There are also a few things you can do to save money in your approach to packing your belongings, which is something we’ll explore in this article. If you follow the low cost packing tips below, you’ll have an easier time of moving and be able to minimize your costs along the way.
Make use of plastic bags to keep smaller items together, especially if you need to disassemble furniture and have any screws or nails that need to be kept together. The same is true of any cables for electronics, which can easily be mixed up or lost during the course of a move. It’s also recommended that you take a photo of the cord layout and connections before removing anything, which will make it easier to put everything back in its proper place when you’re unpacking.
An easy hack to move clothes is to make use of your bags and suitcases. Hanging clothes are relatively easy to pack and transport, but folded clothes, undergarments, and socks can be easily stored in a suitcase or small bag when you’re packing. Not only will this make moving your clothes easier, but you won’t be wasting any space by packing an empty suitcase along with your other belongings. You can also pack bathroom items in a suitcase, just as you would when travelling, which is typically best done by first storing them in plastic bags.
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Another common and easy way to save money when packing is to make use of your towels, linens, and wash clothes to protect delicate or breakable items. Towels and linens can help protect mirrors, glass table tops, and any other large items which may need an extra layer of protection before being loaded onto the moving truck. For smaller items like glasses, wash clothes can be a perfect buffer to make sure they arrive in one piece.
Before you pack up your plates in a box, buy some Styrofoam plates to place in between them so that they don’t rattle and potentially break. This is an inexpensive way to make sure that your plates have the necessary padding that will protect them while they’re in transit in a moving truck and help them to better deal with the inevitable bumps and shifting that are likely to occur.
Another good tip is to leave things in drawers, rather than unpacking them when you move. While this isn’t ideal if you’re hiring a moving company (most will want drawers emptied), it can be helpful if you’re taking the do-it-yourself approach. It’s a good idea to cover them in plastic wrap or shrink wrap so that nothing spills while loading, moving, and unloading them. Anything that may break should also be packed separately to best protect it during the move.