Are you fresh out of college and starting University in a month? Or have you decided the time is right to move out of your halls of residence and in to the real world? If so, you’ll probably want to do things as cheaply and easily as you can. Here are some simple tips on how best to do both.
Hire a van
The best way to move all your clothes, gadgets, furniture, books, shoes and other prized possessions from one place to another in a safe and secure way is by renting a van. Most of the time you’ll find a car won’t fit everything in – and making multiple trips back and forth not only wastes time and money, it also makes for a nightmare on moving day. You can easily rent a van yourself or borrow one from someone you know, but if you do the latter you should make sure you have van insurance that covers you against any accident.
A move isn’t something you can simply prepare for over a weekend. You should always plan well ahead and never leave your packing till the day before you are supposed to move. You’ll probably find you have a lot more stuff than you initially thought, so it’s a good idea to prepare and package everything in a specific, organised way if you are to make the job as simple as possible. Label every box and write down what is contained in each. This way, you’ll know what needs to go where on the day and have an easier job of unpacking on your hands – and it will be easier to track if something has gone missing.
Donate your old junk
Are you a hoarder or a dumper? If you are in the process of packing, why not challenge yourself to get rid of all the things you no longer need, like, or have room for. You may well have grown tired of your old clothes or bored of your CDs and DVDs. If this is the case, don’t just toss these cumbersome items away – donate them to a worthy cause like Oxfam. Of course, if you want to raise a bit of extra pocket money, you could also sell them on eBay, just remember auctions take time and you’ll want to have sent them off to the winning buyer well in advance of moving day.
So here are some simple and easy steps to move out of your student halls or parents’ house to a new life. Moving out is never easy but it can be fun if you are organised, because it’s always exciting to start a fresh new life.
Guest post submitted by “James Whiteside – Small business entrepreneur and money saving expert. Follow him on Twitter @JamesKirkham21