Moving is a hassle for most people, but it can be a stressful time for low budget families. If you find yourself having to move during a time when you might be facing financial hardships, try not to stress too much because there are ways you can save money on your moving expenses. Moving on a budget takes careful planning, but it can be done if you start planning as soon as possible.
Relocating With Section 8 Vouchers
If your family receives Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers, you’ll likely still be able to receive them at your new home. Section 8 is flexible with allowing recipients move if they desire, even relocating to a different state. It’s important to understand that Section 8 requirements can be different in another state, so try to find out ahead of time if you’ll still be able to receive them. Once you know where you’re moving to, you’ll have to meet with your current PHA and complete some paperwork. When using moving vouchers, it’s important to start this process as early as possible.
Collect Packing Materials As Soon As Possible
Buying boxes and packing materials can become quite expensive. There are many ways to get free and discounted moving supplies, you just need to know where to look. Try asking friends and family members if they have any boxes lying around they no longer need. You can also visit small stores in your area and ask them if they can save some boxes for you. Another place to check is Craigslist and Freecycle.
Consider Do-It-Yourself Moving Method Instead Of Hiring Movers
Hiring professional movers can be costly, especially if you go with a well-known and big moving company. Assess the work that needs to be done to move and determine if it’s something you can do with a few friends instead of hiring movers. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members if they would be willing to help you out. You can also save a decent amount of money by packing up your items yourself, rather than hiring someone to help you do it. Start packing as early as possible, leaving out the items you’ll need until you move.
Consider Getting Rid Of Some Items
Think about the possibility of downsizing before your move. Is there anything that’s just taking up space that you really don’t need? Downsizing not only makes it possible for you to be able to move into a smaller home, but it also helps make your move easier and more cost-efficient. If you have no idea what to do with your unwanted items, consider selling them. Selling items can end up giving you more money to work with when it comes to moving. You can sell your unwanted items on Craigslist, have a garage sale, or ask your friends and family if they want to buy anything from you.
You can save a decent amount of money when moving if you just plan ahead. Start by getting rid of trash, broken items, and other items that need to go in the garbage. Getting rid of trash first helps make it easier to efficiently pack your items for the move. If you have children, enlist them to help out with the packing, it could be a fun experience for them to help out. Never be afraid to ask for help. Moving is hard work but with help, it can be done on a very tight budget.