Before you even start to pack up your stuff, dejunk! There’s no point in wasting money on boxes, movers, and van space on things that you’re just going to get rid of when you get to your new house. Look now and put aside everything you aren’t going to use.
Make some extra money but taking those items and having a yard sale right before you move! You don’t need to throw them out—if the items are still in good condition, then a yard sale can yield you quite a bit of money!
Instead of paying for movers, enlist friends and family! Offer free food and drinks as a thank you (and incentive) to get them to come help you. A few pizzas cost much less than a whole moving company.
To your friends that help move, let them have first go at any items that you decide to leave behind. This will both incentivize people to help you as well as get rid of the things you don’t need!
Look for free boxes from stores nearby. Lots of big wholesale places have tons of boxes that they give away for free. No point in buying boxes when you can get them at no cost!
You can also use wine boxes to help transport your more fragile items like glassware. Just slip them into the small containers where the wine used to be.
If possible, plan your move during the off season, which is between September and May. It will cut costs and be a lot less stressful for scheduling.
Put an X of masking tape across the front of your mirrors. This will make them be able to absorb impact better, which means less chances of a broken mirror and less money on repairs.
Don’t just throw your plates in a box and pray that they don’t break. Put cheap foam plates between them and stack them on top of each other. The foam plates help absorb some of the moving impact.
I highly suggest getting a pet and baby sitter when moving. However, instead of paying for one, get grandparents or another set of friends or family members who want to help you move but may not be physically able to. They can still help you out by watching the kids.