Moving to a new home and area is a big adjustment, but it’s a milestone that should be celebrated. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make the process go smoothly, without emptying your bank account. Here’s how to manage the relocation on a budget.
Minimise the stress
While it may be hard to eliminate the anxiety that comes with moving to a new place, we have a few stress relievers to help with the process:
- Don’t procrastinate, get started.
- Be organised, using lists or a to-do app like Remember The Milk.
- Decide what relocation services you might need: moving company, storage, insurance, etc.
- Create a moving budget.
- Keep a positive mindset, it’s going to be just fine!
Don’t spend money on boxes
You can find boxes almost anywhere, but your best bet is your surrounding big retail stores. They have goods delivered in large boxes on a regular basis and these boxes are folded and kept for a period of time. Ask the store manager for assistance; they often are more than willing help.
It’s common for your belongings to get damaged while in transit, which is why it is best to be safe than sorry. Find out how insurance can help you cover your valued household goods.
Budget Insurance offers home insurance for your home contents.
You’re starting over! So make room for the new and let go of everything else that doesn’t serve you. Moving and relocating provide the perfect opportunity to sort out your possessions and get rid of all the unnecessary things.
If the things you no longer need are still in good condition, sell them and boost your moving budget, or donate them to a needy cause.
Have a look at our previous article ‘How to ensure a positive financial year’ to get pointers on how to sell your preloved items.
Explore your options
Hiring a moving company can be costly, so consider the option of hiring a trailer if you don’t have a large amount to move. This also gives you the peace of mind of having all your belongings within sight.
That said, don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate this new chapter of your life. There are exciting times ahead.