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November 6th, 2015 by MichiganLiving Moving Tips For Renters on A Budget

If you are planning to move into a new house for rent, then one of the things that you must think about is your moving budget. We all know that the moving process can be quite an expensive one. When moving into a new house for rent, you should understand the fact that there are some things that you cannot be able to skimp on. However, you can be able to save money on packing and moving supplies. With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can be able to reduce your moving costs.

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With that in mind, here are some moving tips that can help you save money:

Ask people for moving boxes.

Moving boxes are some of the things that you can definitely skimp on. One great way to get free moving boxes is to ask you friends and family members for medium sized boxes that they no longer use. Additionally, you can also talk to some shops such as liquor stores, grocery stores, bakeries and bookstore chains. Make sure to talk to them ahead of time so that they can be able to reserve some boxes for you.

Donate or sell things you will no longer use.

We all know that not all houses for rent are created equal. Your sofa may be perfect for your apartment now but it may not be suitable for the house for rent you will be moving in to. With this in mind, it would be wise for you to measure the new rental carefully and map out the furniture placement in your new home. When you do this, you will be able to determine which furniture you can keep and which you can let go. Sell or donate any item that you will no longer use and you can be able to simplify the entire moving process.

Be creative with padding.

Padding is important as it keeps fragile items from possible breakage and damage. One great padding alternative is your old clothing and towels. Stuff your shirts, socks or towels in boxes to avoid the contents from breaking. Instead of buying shrink wrap and moving blankets, you can also use big blankets or towels to cover up furniture. Instead of furniture sliders, you can use towels to glide heavy items during the moving process. Instead of placing pillows in a separate box, stuff these in a box filled with breakables for added padding.

Look for discount coupons.

As mentioned above, there are some moving items that you cannot be able to skimp on and these may include packing tape, permanent markers and cleaning products. In order to save money when buying these items, it is recommended that you look for discount coupons so that you can buy the items at discounted rates.

Establish a budget.

The best way to save money when moving is to plan ahead. When you establish a budget, you can be able to determine how much you should spend on packing supplies, the moving van and many more. This will help you to spend within your means.

Moving is a complicated and stressful activity but with proper planning and a bit of creativity, you can be able to simplify the entire process.


34 responses to “Moving Tips For Renters on A Budget”

  1. HilLesha says:

    My family and I’ve been house hunting lately, so these tips come in at a perfect time. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    When we bought our house, the only cost was the price of the Uhaul truck. It was under $200 for the whole move.

  3. Savannah Miller says:

    My hubby keeps talking about movie in the next few years and I so dread it! We have so much stuff in our house I have a feeling I will be giving half of it away!

  4. These are great tips. When we moved, we used our drawers for extra packing space.

  5. Great tips! We just moved last weekend and it was super expensive. We did get free liquor store boxes but we also had to buy larger boxes at Home Depot too. The moving company was the most expensive part of the move.

  6. Digna says:

    Great tips. Especially about donating things that you really don’t need. Why pack and move them if you don’t need them.

  7. Michelle says:

    What great tips, I would have never thought to use pillows and clothes as padding, but it makes total sense.

  8. rochkirstin says:

    My mom is the champion for budget all expenses at home. We had no problems moving into houses. We had moved seven times in the past.

  9. What a great list of useful tips. Thank you, this will come in handy for many.

  10. Liz Mays says:

    These are really helpful. When you’re renting while in college, ever money saving tip helps.

  11. These are very helpful tips. I will share these tips with a friend who’s moving to a new home.

  12. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are great tips for those renters who are moving on a budget. It is so important to plan ahead for spending and make sure you stick to your plans also.

  13. Great tips! I always use our clothes, towels, and bedding to protect our stuff. We are getting ready to move again so these tips are perfect.

  14. Teresa says:

    These are some really great tips. I will keep in mind when it comes time for us to move! Thanks!

  15. Jenn says:

    These are great tips. I could have used better advice years ago when we moved. We definitely over spent.

  16. Dawn says:

    When moving, it’s a great time to get rid of things you no longer want. Also, many stores will donate boxes as well!

  17. Jeanine says:

    We moved at the end of August we had to use a budget, and go get free boxes from stores and friends. Helped a ton, and we saved a lot!

  18. these are definitely great tips for renters on a budget. We’ve been through this type of situation before.

  19. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are great moving tips. My Sister has to move soon to a new apartment. I will share this with her.

  20. Lisa says:

    I always have my mom get us moving boxes from her work. I love that we can save on that expense!

  21. Rosey says:

    Ya can’t keep a budget if you don’t make one. Good point and tip!

  22. Moving is such a pain. Tips like these make it so much easier, whether you are on a budget or not.

  23. April G says:

    Great tips. I’ve used all of these. I plan on selling all of the extra thing every time I move. I hate moving with extra stuff.

  24. Thank you for so many great tips! I am hoping to move within the next year and these will be great for me to reference.

  25. ricci says:

    I haven’t moved in a long time butI I dread the next time I do. I love change but moving sucks!! LOL!!

  26. Alison says:

    Theres are all great tips and it’s so important to stick to a budget when moving – it can be so easy to overspend when you’re just trying to get things done and get settled.

  27. Erin says:

    Moving is such a pain, especially as a renter!! Im so glad these tips are available for those in the thick of it!

  28. Katharina says:

    I hate moving. It’s the most stressfull thing. And you are right it can cost so much money. We won’t be moving again until we can buy a place. But this is some great advice even if you’re moving to your first real home.

  29. CourtneyLynne says:

    These are some really great tips! The worst part of moving is always boxes! People say liquor stores, but I never have luck with that!

  30. I know Costco and Sam’s Club usually has large boxes for its members to use, in the Costco I used to go to it was near the bathrooms. And if you’re not a member, non-members can use the pharmacy or buy alcohol so just say you’re going to do that.

  31. I like to use plastic grocery bags (stuffed with more plastic grocery bags) as padding. It works pretty well!
    Moving can be really stressful, so simplifying the process always helps.

  32. These are great tips! My husband and I are renters and moving can be so expensive if you’re not careful. Last time we moved, we paid our neighbors’ boys to help us move.

  33. Great tips! Also, be sure to spend money where it’s important. Renting a moving truck and doing it all in one trip can actually save you money over doing 20 trips with a personal vehicle/truck!!

  34. These are great and very helpful tips! I’m moving in two months and I need to save as much money from this move as I can. I haven’t moved on a budget since ages when I was last in college and now it’s kinda different. Thanks to your tips I got some great ideas on my move and will definitely use your suggestions. Thank you for sharing!

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