10 Supposedly Frugal Things That Actually Make You Lose Money While Moving
You will have a lot of expenses to worry about when moving house. From paying international removals company to getting all your utilities set up, there’s a long list of things that you will need to spend your money on. So finding ways to save a little here and there is of utmost importance. But the sad truth is that most people, in their endeavor to save some money, end up spending more. How does this happen? Well it’s simple really. While your logic, reasoning, and calculations might make sense when taken at face value, add all the hidden costs and other risks and you will realise that you actually end up spending more while following your frugal ideas.
Here are ten such things that people do with the intention of saving money while moving, but end up doing the exact opposite instead suggested by some.
1. Moving Things Yourself Instead of Hiring a Moving Company
Okay, we get it. Why hire someone to move your things when you can do it yourself? It’s not rocket science, right? Except when you hire a moving company, they come equipped with all their equipment. From trolleys to ramps to help wheel heavy stuff, they have all the necessary tools to make the moving process a breeze. There is also the very high possibility that you might damage or break something while trying to move it. So stop trying to save money in this area. This is one area where it pays to outsource the work.
2. Using Old Cardboard Boxes to Pack Things
Using old cardboard boxes borrowed from friends, family, and your friendly supermarket is a great way to save money. But this trick can quickly turn into a disaster as well. If you are doing this, make sure that you do not overload the boxes. Old boxes have seen a lot of wear and tear are just not as sturdy and strong as their new counterparts. You also need to make sure the boxes were not used to store cold or wet items (such as packaged meat and such) as the moisture retained by the box could lead to mold formation, ruining your things.
3. Roping in Friends and Family to Help with The Move
Again, this is a part of the let’s-save-some-money plan that could potentially backfire. You figured why pay for four to five movers to come move your things when you can just bring your friends and family to do it. Oh, where do we even start with this one? There are so many things to consider, from the costs involved in buying them pizzas and beer for helping you out (yes, they are your friends but you still need to bribe them with something!), to the fact that while professional movers will be focused on getting the work done, you and you friends are likely to waste a lot of time, chatting and having a good time. So even if you have six people to come help you out, when you compare that with hiring movers, it will still not be sufficient enough.
4. Cleaning The Carpet Yourself
Sure you can hire a carpet steam-cleaning machine and do the job yourself. But then again, hiring a professional will mean that you will get a receipt for the cleaning service done. This receipt can then be shown to your rental agent as proof that you met the stipulation of having the carpet steam-cleaned. When you do the cleaning yourself, you don’t really have anything to show as proof. The rental agent will just have to take your word for it and maybe examine the carpet to see if it’s clean. And if, by any chance, he/she is not satisfied with your work, they will request you to do it again, incurring you double the expense. So it is a smart move to play it safe and simply hire a cleaning service.
5. Using Your Car as A Moving Truck
Pretty much everyone does this, and it is unavoidable we suppose. The only thing we will caution you about is to make sure you don’t inadvertently end up damaging your car (scratches on the body or tears on the seat). You will be dealing with a lot of oddly-shaped things. Just make sure they do not cause any damage to your car or you’ll be facing an expensive repair job. If there are small items that you are moving yourself, make sure you pack them neatly. Either put them in a box and seal it or wrap them up tightly in bubble wrap and place it in the boot to be securely transported.
6. Cleaning The House Yourself
This has more to do with your health than wealth. While it is true that you can save some money by opting to clean the house yourself, you need to re-think this step if you are prone to allergies and infections. Thoroughly cleaning the house implies that you will come into contact with strong chemicals by way of the cleaning supplies. Inhaling these chemicals and coming into contact with them is quite harmful. Apart from that, there is a high chance that you will also encounter mold at some point. And believe it or not, mold is actually a very dangerous thing to come into contact with. It can lead to respiratory problems and even compromise your immune system.
If you are on a tight budget and simply cannot afford hiring a cleaning service, then we suggest that you suit up to tackle the job. Wear gloves and mouth-and-nose mask to avoid inhaling dust, mold and other harmful substances. You should also consider purchasing eco-friendly, organic cleaning products that won’t irritate your skin.
7. Changing Your Service Provider
If you’re moving, now is the perfect time to decide whether you want to stick with your current service provider, or switch over to a new one. Chances are that you will find a service provider who offers the same service for a much cheaper price. But the real question is ‘Is the company reliable?’ If you want to switch over, ask around. Find if any of your friends have that service provider and how good their customer support and service efficiency is. The last thing you need is to move from a perfectly good service provider to a cheaper one, only to find that they are not good, and then move back to your old service provider. Now that would be such a waste of time and money.
8. Selling Furniture and Other Things
Why throw away that perfectly good sofa when you can post a free ad on the Internet to try and sell it? This is a great idea. You should definitely do this. But if you are not able to sell it within three weeks, you might want to consider dumping it. Reselling old furniture can be tricky business. While you might have bought the sofa for thousand bucks and are now selling it for half the price, potential buyers might not be willing to pay that amount for a piece of used furniture. So what do you do then? Do you put it in storage, pay a storage fee and risk not selling it anytime in the near future? No, the better option would be to simply get rid of it.
9. Using Garbage Bags Instead of Boxes
Garbage bags tend to tear easily, especially when stuffed with heavy clothing. So avoid using these to transport your clothes. You will end up picking them up from the floor and taking them to the dry cleaners if you do.
10. Buying Limited Packing Materials
You need to figure out how much packing materials you’ll need and buy an extra twenty percent. Skimping on packing materials can turn out to be a very expensive mistake. From having things fall out and break to potential accidents, so many things could go wrong because you didn’t want to spend money buying another box or more tape to secure the boxes.