Moving to a new city can a thrilling experience; however, it can also be a complete nightmare for newbies that have no idea how to move their stuff from Point A to Point B.
If you’re moving for the first time, bear in mind that the cost of moving can add up quite quickly, even if you opt to take a DIY approach. From hidden fees to furniture mishaps, you can quickly be out hundreds or thousands of dollars before you know it.
That is, unless you have some trusty hacks on deck to make sure the experience isn’t a total headache.
Whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time or you’ve never relocated before, consider the following tips as essentials to keep you from going crazy and ensuring that your move is as painless as possible.
Break Up With Your Old Bed
Among the most tedious and time-consuming aspects of moving is figuring out what to do with you bed. Generally speaking, you have two options: try to maneuver it yourself or simply shop around for a new bed once you’ve moved in.
The latter option may very well represent a win-win situation if you haven’t upgraded your sleeping space in quite some time. While there’s some initial upfront cost involved, you essentially get a fresh start in your new home and you don’t have to worry about potentially destroying the bed you already have. If you don’t want to part with your mattress, you can simply take that and leave your old frame.
Moving a bed, especially out of a two-story home or if you’re by yourself, is an enormous hassle. For many movers, it just plain makes more sense to start fresh.
Figure Out Hidden Fees Beforehand
This hack is somewhat of a reality check. If you’re moving out from an apartment, expect to be hit with some hidden move-out fees and take special care of how you your old place looks upon moving out. Some complexes require a laundry list of “must-dos” such as replacing blinds or cleaning carpet before moving out; likewise, some will hit you with retroactive fees for damages if you let anything in your apartment fall to the wayside.
Take special care when it comes to cleaning out your old place and give yourself time to do so. Be upfront with your complex and ask about such fees directly so you’re not hit with anything out of the blue. Leaving on a positive note is especially important if you plan on getting your security deposit back.
Assess Wants vs. Needs
This one’s pretty straightforward: you need to figure out what you want versus what you can realistically afford when it comes time to move out. For example, consider the following:
- Do you need to rent a moving truck (which can quickly add up if your move takes multiple days) or can you rely on back-or-forth trips with friends to make it work?
- Do you need extra days on your lease to move out or can you realistically manage to move-out all at once?
- What items can you perhaps leave behind or donate to avoid clutter in your new place?
- Do you really need to buy boxes to move (think: you can get free boxes from U-Haul as well as grocery stores) or can some items be bagged up or placed in bins upon move-out?
Having the answers to such questions can take a lot of weight off your shoulders and keep cash in your pocket.
Don’t lose your mind during your big move. Instead, be proactive in asking questions and determine your needs to make sure you can realistically make it work once it’s time to pack up and go.