We all know moving can be stressful – even when handled by an expert moving company. It has become a widely accepted fact that the act of changing your living location is among the most traumatic things you will do in your life. One of the main contributing factors to all that anxiety is the cost. While it is true that moving house can be expensive, the costs, just like all other moving stresses, can be reduced and mitigated. These 13 tips will help keep your spending down – and hopefully, help you manage your stress levels too.

1. Plan and control your relocation spending

When moving house, the costs can add up rather quickly. If you don’t start the project with a set budget and then manage your expenditure accordingly, you will lose control and end up taking on more than you can handle. Before you even pack your first box or get your first quote for relocation services, sit down and work out what you can afford – then ensure that you don’t exceed that figure.

2. Pick the best time to move

Moving doesn’t cost the same all year round. If you move during the week, instead of on a weekend, or during the winter rather than the spring, for example, you can save a lot of money. If you do this is within your control, pick the best time to move and do so carefully. Speak to your moving company about the differences in costs, consider your budget and go when the time is right.

3. Budget your time

A move becomes most stress-inducing when it is left to the last minute. If you find yourself a week from moving day and you haven’t packed a single box, you are going to have to cram all your preparation into a few frantic hours. When you’re in that situation, you might be more tempted to look at expensive, last-minute, time-saving solutions like hiring professional packers, for example. Rather draw up a moving calendar far in advance, allocating particular tasks to particular days – and then stick to it. This way you can tackle your moving preparations one manageable step at a time. This means you save time – which amounts to saving money too.

4.  Don’t move what you don’t need anymore!

While you pack up your home, go through your belongings carefully. If you have things that you haven’t looked at in years, or that you had forgotten you even had, is there any point in taking them with you? You can rather sell, donate or throw out what you don’t need, which will mean that you move less stuff and so spend less on the relocation.

5. Deal only with accredited movers

There are plenty of businesses out there offering moving services, and you need to be careful which one you choose. While anybody who owns a truck can call themselves a moving service, a home or office relocation should be handled by an accredited, professional mover. Do your homework when looking for movers. Make sure that you are dealing with professionals and that they have all the expertise required to load, carry and unload your belongings safely.

6. Offset some of your costs by selling your unwanted belongings

Once you’ve set aside all the things you will not be taking with you, take another look and decide which of them you can exchange for a bit of cash. With this extra income, you can offset some of your moving costs.

7. Improvise on your packing materials

The same goes for packing materials. You probably have a few fragile things that need to be protected in bubble wrap. Other than that, you can save money by making use of newspaper and other waste paper to fill voids in your boxes and for padding and buffering. The only thing you will definitely need is a good, reliable box and tape.

8. Don’t hire professional packers unless you really need to

If you don’t have any special belongings that require professional packers, you can save money by doing the packing yourself. It is an arduous process but you can manage it by sticking to your moving calendar and doing it in bite-sized increments. This can save you a lot of money.

9. Speak to your employers

If you are moving for work, your employer might be prepared to cover all or some of the costs of your relocation. Before you get started, speak to them and find out what can be arranged. Even if you only manage to negotiate a partial moving allowance, you still reduce your overall costs – every little bit counts.

10. Watch your spending immediately after the move

There is no point making great savings during the move, only to start splurging once you are settled in the new home – and this is a very real temptation. The novelty and excitement of a new location can create a serious urge to spend – new curtains, new linen, a few perfect additions to the new lounge. You will be doing yourself a massive favour by resisting this urge for a month or two after the move. Let your finances settle, feel the benefits of the savings and then start buying a few things for the new house – by that time, you will have cooled off and feel less inclined to buy things you don’t really need.

11. Hire a reasonable moving company

The most important thing you need to do when moving is secure the services of a good moving company – one that will offer you the best rates while working out a solution that is right for you, whether it be a comprehensive relocation package, or a single truck and small crew to move the essentials. Contact Master Movers – a leading South African moving company that offers a full range of professional services, with a personal touch.