5 Simple Yet Very Effective Tips for Moving on a Budget

Moving into a new home is not that easy. It is physically exhausting and emotionally draining. It can also become a costly activity if you are not well prepared and ready.

Fortunately, there are simple ways to make moving quite easy and inexpensive. Here are some of the most effective ones that can save you from unwanted stress and huge expenses.

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Leave out the junk

Don’t bring all the stuff you have right now into your new home. Leave out the items that you don’t need or use anymore. For example, those old appliances and furniture, old clothes and shoes and other stuff that might just end up at your storage room.


According to expert movers, de-cluttering your home weeks before the moving day is very important. De-cluttering can help you identify those items that must be thrown away. You can either donate them to a charity or better yet, sell them for some extra cash that you can use on your moving day. De-cluttering can also help you minimize the number of items that needs to be packed and moved, which means lesser fees and expenses.

Use old clothing to pack

If donating old clothes is not an option for you for some reasons, then you can simply use them as packing materials for your breakable items. With this, you don’t need to buy lots of bubble wraps or packing peanuts. Aside from saving some cash, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of space needed in the moving truck.

Cut utilities in advance

Don’t forget to call your gas and electricity providers weeks before your moving day. Tell them about your move and give them the exact date when they can cut off their supply. If you fail to follow this step, you’ll end up paying for something that you didn’t actually use.

Prepare your home for the move

To save time and avoid any kind of unwanted incidents, you must prepare your home for the move. Clear your pathway and remove any kind of obstacles. If you have pets or little kids, find a place for them to stay while the move is underway. Measure your furniture and see if it will fit the front door and if not, tell the movers right away. Group your boxes or items according to the rooms where they should go. Better yet, label or color-code them for easier organization.

With these tips, moving into your new home won’t be that stressful and expensive.

About the author: Ron is the webmaster and content editor of Apartments For Rent in Michigan blog and Michigan Houses Online blog. For more of his tips about apartment living vs. buying a house, you can visit this web page.


  1. robin rue says:

    I never would have thought about using old clothing to pack, but that is an awesome idea. You have some great moving tips here.

  2. Moving is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of all the junk! I always make sure I mark all boxes with what’s inside and what room they belong in. It’s so much easier. Great tips!

  3. One of these days I’m sure we’ll be moving, and this is great advice. I know it is going to be so stressful deciding what to get rid of and what to keep.

  4. My sister-in-law and brother just moved in and they did all the steps! Definitely helps to be organized when you move. The first thing we always do is purge whatever we can.

  5. I think it’s important to de-clutter and try to leave or donate unnecessary item. This would give you an easier time moving as well as having more space in the new place.

  6. How I hate moving! It’s definitely not something I’d care to do again any time soon. Decluttering beforehand is a good suggestion.

  7. These sound like some awesome tips, it can be so expensive and time-consuming movie so every little helps when it comes to making the whole process more efficient.

  8. Getting rid of stuff before moving is very important. Makes life easier when getting ready to move.

  9. Yup, this is great to remember while moving. I always try to go through stuff and get rid of what we don’t need. We’re a military family so we move often!

  10. These are really good ideas. Moving does seem to be a good opportunity to shed some of the things we don’t actually need.

  11. I honestly never want to move again! But it’s always good to keep a budget and stick to it. These are great tips!

  12. Great tips. I did the decluttering and cutting of utilities when we moved about 5 years ago. It really saved a lot of my time and money. The new house looks really fresh with less clutter.

  13. adriana says:

    De-cluttering would be my biggest tip too! It really does help so much – you really don’t realize what you can get rid of until you actually do it!

  14. Thanks for the tips! Moving is really difficult! If have to move I will these tips in mind!

  15. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for these tips for a hassle free move. We have no plans of moving but if we do, I will heed your advice. I might share this with my daughter too. She and her husband are looking around for a bigger place to stay. Their family is growing and they really need the space.

  16. Our Family World says:

    I hope we don’t have to move. We love this house and we’ve been staying here like forever. Anyway, your tips are all good ones. Proper labeling and packing delicate items using used clothes are smart ideas. I will share this post with friends and family who are thinking of moving.

  17. Debra Hawkins says:

    Moving is one of my least favorite things ever! It takes so much to be able to move everything!

  18. Jaime Nicole says:

    I hear you on leaving junk behind! I don’t move very often but I leave sooooo much behind when I do!

  19. rochelle Haynes says:

    Thanks for the tips will use in the future

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