“I love moving!” said no one. Ever. While moving into a new apartment in Albany may be right up there with getting a root canal and paying taxes, there are a few things you can do to eliminate the stress, and more importantly, the cost of packing up and relocating your life.
If you’re planning a move to our Albany apartments, here are 7 money-saving moving tips we’ve picked up from savvy movers over the years.
Money-Saving Moving Tips
Cost compare renting a truck vs. hiring professional movers. Don’t just assume that hiring professional movers will be more expensive than moving yourself. Many a self-mover has gone through the stress and sweat of moving themselves, only to find that they spent more on a U-Haul than they would have if they hired movers. When calculating your DIY costs, remember that in addition to the truck rental, gas and mileage fees, you’ll also need to bribe friends with pizza and beer.
Pack yourself. Even if you find that the actual move will be cheaper with movers, it is rarely cost-effective to hire someone to pack your stuff. Movers typically charge by the hour, so maximize your time with them by being organized. Ensure that all of your packing is done before they arrive, and any furniture that won’t fit out the door, or in the apartment elevator, has been disassembled.
Don’t pay to move what you don’t need. Moving is the perfect time to de-clutter and unload the stuff you never use. So sort through your belongings, including books, clothes and more, and donate, sell or toss unwanted items. The same goes for furniture. Measure your new Albany apartment to ensure your furniture will fit, and, if it doesn’t, get rid of it before you move.
Don’t pack your clothes in boxes or even suitcases. Instead, remove your dresser drawers with the clothes still inside and simply stack them in your moving truck, van or backseat. In addition to cutting back on moving supplies, it’ll save you time on packing and unpacking.
Skip the expensive wardrobe boxes and use a clothes hanging bar. You can buy these handy car clothes bars, which are simply hung across the backseat of your car, at retailers like Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart and Target for under $20, or you can make your own for less than $5.
Fill up your suitcases, coolers, laundry hampers and baskets before using boxes. And, speaking of boxes, in addition to getting free cardboard from local liquor stores, neighborhood retailers and your office, don’t forget to check out Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, or crowdsource for free boxes on social media.
Use your own towels, linens and rags instead of bubble wrap. Balled up socks and rolls of toilet paper are also cheap solutions for extra cushioning, and dollar store coffee filters or paper towels are better than newsprint, which can transfer ink. While you’re at the dollar store, consider picking up your packing tape, too. It’s just as good as U-Haul packing tape, but much cheaper.