Moving on a Budget: All Students Need to Know These 7 Moving Hacks

Moving is generally quite a hassle. But moving as a student is a whole new level of hard and exhausting. You want to move as quickly and painlessly as possible without spending too much money. Though that might seem impossible when you look at the facts, there are certain things you could do to make it easier.

As a New York moving company that’s been helping students move for more than two decades, we’ve compiled a list of seven moving hacks that every student should know. Read on to find out what they are and make your moving experience a seamless one.

  • Figure Out Your Budget

Before you start packing or planning your move, you need to set a budget. The cost of your move will depend on your travel fees, how much stuff you’re bringing, the date you pick, and so on. 

Additionally, you’ll need to buy moving supplies. These include packing paper, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, different types of plastic bags and bins, etc. Though it is possible to get some of these for free at local grocery stores or from friends, you’ll still need to buy some of them. 

There are other important things to consider as well, so you need to think and plan ahead. That way, nothing will catch you by surprise. A good tip for settling on a budget is using one of the many moving budget calculators available online. By using one, you’ll know exactly how much money you’ll need and how much you can save. 

  • Hire a Moving Company

Hiring a professional mover is a smart choice if your move is long-distance or if you have a lot of boxes and furniture. Make sure the company you choose is reliable and has good reviews, as well as that you get mover’s insurance. That way you’ll be covered if anything were to go amiss. 

Though hiring a mover might seem expensive, it will actually save you a lot of money. Moving furniture and dozens of boxes over thousands of miles by yourself will be hard, expensive, and potentially dangerous. So, leaving it in the hands of experienced professionals is a good choice.

You can save up by packing all the boxes yourself and enlisting the help of friends and family as well. The transportation itself should not be your worry.

  • Send Some Things Ahead

As soon as you know where you are moving, pack anything you don’t need immediately and send it to your new address. That way, you’ll have a lot less to worry about on moving day, and a lot of your things will already be waiting for you at your new dorm or apartment.  You can either hire a company to take your items to your new address, or you can ship them yourself.

  • Pack Smart

Packing is perhaps the biggest and most important part of moving. It can be tiresome and a lot, but if you follow our tips, you’ll be done in no time. 

Firstly, pack your suitcases. You can use them to move heavy items like books or dishes. They’ll be easy to move around because of their wheels, and you’ll save up on boxes. 

Secondly, use all your towels, linens, and other soft fabrics to wrap around easily breakable things. You can also use these to wrap around anything sharp. Just secure it with a rubber band, and you’ll be good to go. You’ll also save up on bubble wrap and packing paper.

Thirdly, use pots to store smaller things like spices or gadgets. They’ll be safe in there, and you’ll save up a lot of space. Additionally, don’t forget to use a bit of bubble or plastic wrap to secure anything that might spill during the move. 

Finally, color code all your boxes so you know where you put all your belongings. You can do it by assigning a color to each room or use any other system you like best.  You can also take pictures of the contents of the boxes, so you can find anything you need quickly.

  • Keep the Essentials On You

Before you leave, pack a duffel bag with everything you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new place. You probably won’t get to unpack everything right away, so make sure you have fresh clothes and personal care items on you anyway. 

  • Be Packed On Time

We all swear we won’t leave things for the last possible minute and, yet, we always do it. But to ensure your move goes smoothly, you need to finish packing at least a day before. That way, you won’t be stressed and panicked, and you won’t forget anything either. Time management is everything and it will also save you money by cutting any unnecessary trips.

  • Unpack Smart, Too

Start unpacking from the hardest room to sort out (usually the kitchen). Also, give yourself a deadline to avoid procrastination and last-minute panic. However, don’t overdo it; doing a little bit at a time is the best choice here. Finally, remember to get rid of all boxes and other moving supplies as you empty them. That way, you’ll avoid unnecessary clutter and make cleaning up an easy task. 

In Conclusion

As you have read, moving requires a lot of thought, money, and time. We know student life is hectic and unpredictable, so any type of help with such a big change can be appreciated. Hopefully, our list helps you get started and makes the whole process go smoothly and affordably. And if you ever need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help.


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