Moving, especially long-distance transfers, can break your budget. That is the reason why you should get the most out of the space of the moving truck. These are the three essential steps on saving your budget:
- Before you start packaging, clean up the house. Get rid of everything you no longer like or do not need. It does not make any sense to take unnecessary things, because the space they occupy in the truck is money!
- Do not empty certain drawers. Leave all clothes or heavy objects inside the drawers and just protect the furniture. This makes them heavier, but as long as the drawers are filled with lightweight items (do not fill them with books), there will be no problem. In any case, if they weigh too much, you can always transport the drawers separately. What is clear is that this decision has a double advantage: you will need fewer boxes and, once you are in the new home, everything you have inside will be easier to locate.
- Store soft items in trash bags. Unglamorous? Definitely. But it is one of the best ideas during a move. Fill heavy garbage bags with soft items such as quilts, pillows, stuffed animals, and use them to fill gaps in the truck. In this case, space is saved and, in turn, other items and furniture are protected. To be sure the contents of the bags are also protected, use insulating tape to seal them. Finally, record the content of each one with adhesive labels and a permanent marker.
- Paint before the move. If you have decided to give your new space a layer of paint, do not hesitate: do it before placing all your things. The most obvious reason is that it is much easier to paint an empty house than one full of furniture. Another important reason to do so is the satisfaction of eliminating this task as soon as possible from the agenda. Also, if there are other tasks of this type in your list (new floors, for example), try to carry it out before moving. You will save time and effort once you have moved.
- Compare services of different providers for your new home. Depending on where your future home is located, there will be more or fewer options for service providers, such as the telephone line or the internet. If you have several options, take the time you need to choose one of them, since it is possible that the company that offered you services in your old residence does not have any infrastructure in your new area. It can also happen that the area where you are going to live has a worse mobile phone coverage and you will see yourself in the situation where you need a landline, although in the old house you were perfectly satisfied with just a mobile phone.
- Put 'buy plants' at the top of your to-do list. It may seem silly, but when you have filled home with plants that you have cared for years, the idea of starting from scratch in this aspect is somewhat depressing. If you can not take them, give them away, but keep your favorite planters.
Once in your new home, it might seem logical to postpone buying new plants with the mess you have, but it is advisable to make it a priority. Why? Indoor plants clean the air, what is ideal if you have used paints or installed floors with volatile compounds. But, above all, the most important thing is that the plants will make you feel at home right away.
- You have to make new acquisitions. Each house has its peculiarities and as a consequence, you will surely need some new things. For example, maybe your previous kitchen had a huge island with plenty of space to prepare food and even stools to enjoy breakfast, but the new one presents a large empty space right in the middle that screams for a portable island or a table with chairs. Reserve a little money for these types of needs. It will help you to set a realistic budget and meet it.
- Sometimes, some of the things you have decided to bring to the new house do not fit into the new space as you expected. Try not to get too frustrated and take it as a law of life. Sell them, give them to a friend or, if you really have a special affection, keep them. But only if you have space to store them.
- Assume it: the crises in time of changes are normal. Moving is not exactly a path of roses and it is not done for pleasure. It means leaving behind friends, family, schools, and job to start an unknown adventure. Although the new home looks incredible, the emotional crises and the moments of overwhelm and stress are a totally natural reaction to such a big change in our lives. When the time comes for you or your friend to let off steam, offer him a shoulder to cry on. Then, look for something fun to do or explore your new city. It will give you the strength to continue!
- Finally, give yourself time to get used to the new situation. Releasing your agenda a little and spending some time in this period of adaptation may be very necessary, especially for families with children. Give yourself at least a week or two to catch your breath.