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How to Save Money on Your Next Move

No matter what reason life has you packing up, chances are, it won’t be the most inexpensive venture. Either way, there are great ways to save money on your move whether it is your first, last or somewhere in between.

Whatever your reason for moving to Jupiter is, you should prepare for an adventure which will inevitably result in numerous trips to a nearby grocery store, a new mantra of “I forgot,” and constant surprises. Below are some tips you can use to help save some money on your move.

Hire a Realtor

Hire a realtor aka a Real Estate advisor. Every single person has a financial advisor, an accountant, a lawyer etc. who they turn to when they need advice in a specific field. Why not have a realtor? The best time to develop a lifelong relationship with a realtor is before you need one. CRAZY thought ? It may seem so, but hear us out.....Finding a realtor previous to needing one will help you ensure you choose the right advocate who meshes with your personality and understands your needs. Finding a realtor when you really need one adds stress and results in brash decisions leaving you with a representative who may not be what you really want, need or have your best interest in mind. #TRUTH: hiring a realtor will save you a ton of money. A professional’s expertise in the housing industry can help you determine all sorts of aspects from best location in Jupiter, home style, and different market trends that might factor in to your ultimate home-buying decision. While you might buy a home a couple times in your life, a realtor has been through the process countless times. Your Meyer Lucas Real Estate agent can help with the entire ordeal from the nitty-gritty details like contracts and negotiations to the more fun aspects like staging your home to sell.

The purchase of a home is no minor investment. In fact, it may be one of the most important financial investments you make in your lifetime. Contact Meyer Lucas Real Estate to get updates on the latest market drifts, popular home styles, and great neighborhoods for investing.

Local moves

For local moves, whether you’re moving from an apartment to a house in Jupiter, or from one part of Palm Beach County to another, you’ll have plenty of resources to draw from. You might even have the convenience of making your move gradually, saving you from having to hire professional movers or renting out a truck.

Even if you decide on using professional moving service, there are still considerations to be made there: How many boxes will you need? Do they charge by the mile? Keeping track of area competitors, calling to ask for discounts and deals, and generally being knowledgeable about your specific needs is the best way to avoid overspending. It also helps to put a shout-out on your personal social media platform or even MOJ, Moms of Jupiter, asking if anyone in Jupiter is willing to help, whether that means moving boxes in or borrowing that ever coveted and convenient pick-up truck.

Cross-country moving

Moving across the country, say to Arizona, doesn’t differ much from a local move, except for the much higher associated costs and another heavy concern: transporting furniture. Unless you’re minimalist, you won’t be able to move all your stuff, including furniture, in even the largest of cars. Some people might even find large moving trucks inadequate to comfortably fit their furniture. While options like U-Haul boxes and PODs exist, some might find these options cost prohibitive. Take careful consideration of whether you will want to keep certain items and if they’ll even fit in your new space. For all other used items in an acceptable condition, find a nearby charity to donate them to. Keep in mind that the cheapest way of moving across the country is driving; with flying, you’ll be charged extra for the weight of both checked and overhead baggage. Trains, while romantic and ideal, don’t often travel the most direct routes, and you’ll also have to consider additional baggage fees. With driving, you’ll have much more control over factors like when you leave and arrive and your stops along the way.

Moving overseas

Here, the process will be much more technical and heavily dependent on the country you’re moving to. Overseas moves are expensive in both financial costs and time spent waiting in lines for documents like passports, visas, and immunization records. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to use tips from the previous two sections, so your best course of action for saving on costs is to plan and keep a checklist of deadlines you need to meet. By making good use of your time, you’ll be able to get the best price flight schedule, avoid the need to pay extra to expedite document shipments, and provide yourself time to do the necessary research for a smooth international transition.

Your best bet is to sell or donate everything that has no sentimental value to help finance your move. For this option, Craigslist and eBay are two good options for quickly unloading everything from furniture to electronics.

Just keep moving

Saving money on your next move relies on your ability to anticipate obstacles and plan around them, whether those obstacles come in the form of luggage fees and stuffing suitcases, or collecting legal documents and comparing moving truck prices. It’s a process, but you’ll need to keep a clear head to avoid making mistakes. At the end of the day, you’ll find the experience of moving – from starting life in a new city and finding new hangout spots to the joy of decorating a new space – well worth the venture.

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