Today is the big moving day, the last day for most Davis Model Leases. For those of you moving out of Davis, CA, good luck. For those of you moving into your new Davis apartment with Tandem Properties, we have lots of posts about Moving In and Moving Out that you should check out. Here are a few money-saving moving tips from around the web:
2. Find moving boxes for free
In terms of size and choice it’s best to contact furniture stores. Ring them up at least a week in advance and ask if they give you away the boxes. I also had luck getting middle-sized boxes from the pet store I typically shop at and a nearby corner store. The keepers were pretty happy to get rid of them. Also, here are 8 more places where you can find free boxes. Why you should pay for something you can get for free?
2a. Upgrade your boxes with DIY handles
It takes a few seconds and a cutting tool to make small triangle holes at both sides, yet the boxes are now much easier to carry, especially if they contain heavy items like books or dishes.
6. Quick pack clothes with a trash bag
Just put everything as it hangs including pegs inside a trash bag, It will take seconds to place everything back inside a new wardrobe in the same order. However, keep in mind that some moving companies will not take items placed in trash bags or request additional payments for that. (yep, sadly).
7. Prepare a first night box and carry it separately with you.
Or a first night suitcase if you are moving internationally. In any case, even if you think you’ll start unpacking just as you arrive. Probably you won’t. What to keep in the box? I stick to toiletries, a change of clothes, some basic medicine including bandage, bedding, a utility night, some cups and plates, coffee, tea, snacks and a kettle.
8. Calculate the costs of moving: DIY vs Professional movers
While it seems like hiring a van and asking a few friends to help out, there are a few extra costing factors to consider like: insurance (who’ll pay if Jone breaks your grandma’s piano?), post-moving massage sessions and overall time spent. Also, if you are relocating for work, yourcompany can get deductive from the moving, thus they shouldn’t mind paying the moving bills.
If you opt to hire a moving company, target local movers. For instance, E-Z Moving SLC offer way better rates around Salt Lake City and Utah, compared to the North American national moving company.
Also, I typically ask for friends recommendation and read reviews at Moving Scam to avoid getting into unpleasant situations afterwards.