Moving can be both costly and time-consuming, requiring taking leave from work, hiring help (or recruiting family members), buying supplies, etc. However, the costs can be cut down considerably if you follow these tips:
- Declutter: If you don’t need it, don’t move it! The fewer things you need to move, the cheaper and easier your move will be. Decluttering takes time and energy, so start as soon as possible. Consider donating or selling items that you no longer need or use. And when we buy houses, we allow sellers to leave behind whatever items they want!
- Find deals: Compare moving companies as well as prices for things like boxes and other supplies. Local businesses (grocery stores, bookstores, etc.) may be able to give you free boxes, and instead of buying bubble wrap, you can use things you already have like towels and clothes to wrap fragile items. Consider using a moving company that offers a flat rate instead of an hourly rate (which can add up quickly). Consider scheduling movers during weekdays or in the middle of the month when demand may not be as high and services may be cheaper. Moves are also usually cheaper in the winter.
- Pack and move everything yourself: If you have the ability, doing everything without a moving company will save a lot of money. You won’t need to hire people, and you won’t pay any premiums for moving supplies or a truck.
- Negotiate with your agent or buyer: If you’re using an agent or selling to an investor like ourselves, negotiate to get help with moving expenses. Some agents may be willing to reduce their commissions, and some investors may be willing to give you cash at closing.
Following these tips, you can significantly cut down on moving costs and keep more money in your pocket when selling your house. And if you’re still looking to sell, contact us to see what we can do for you!