Spring is a common time when people start buying new homes, or simply moving to new apartments across town. Moving by itself is an incredibly stressful time, and no one needs to add additional financial stress into the mix. Moving tends to be expensive, transporting things across town (or further) and getting everything settled can put a major dent in an established monthly budget. Once you get to your new place, itâs likely that the layout of the furniture wonât be the same, and youâll need to figure out how to best fit everything in while very likely buying some new furniture to make everything work.
When youâre starting the moving process and getting settled into your new place, donât let the expenses get out of control. Here are some tips to help prevent the new nest instinct from taking over and ruining your savings and budgeting progress.
1. Walk The New Space To See How Things Will Fit
Take some time to walk through your new home, make and record some measurements and roughly plan where things will go. Doing so will allow you to declutter the things that you either donât need or simply wonât fit in the new space. Thereâs no sense moving something that youâll just end up getting rid of shortly after. This preparation will allow you to save money by potentially renting a smaller, less expensive moving truck.
2. Wait To Buy New Things Until Youâve Lived There For A While
While itâs tempting to go to your favorite furniture store and buy everything you think youâll need in your new home, Iâd highly suggest waiting until youâve lived there for a few weeks. Unless something is absolutely essential, you will benefit from waiting and seeing what things you actually need. This gives you the opportunity to find the small quirks and needs of that specific home and you wonât waste money buying things before you know you need them.
3. Take Your Time And Acquire Unique or Interesting Pieces
Just like number two, if youâre willing to wait a little bit and acquire things more slowly, youâre more able to find interesting and unique pieces of furniture to bring into your space. These pieces will add more character to your home, and really bring it to life. If youâre the DIY type, you can make some custom solutions that will perfectly fit the space you have. Even if itâs repurposing and upcycling an antique piece by painting or refinishing it, itâs guaranteed to be cheaper and likely more durable than something from a local superstore.
4. Remember That White Space Is Perfectly Fine
Especially if the space youâre moving into is bigger than your previous home, remember that you donât need to fill up every corner of every room. Itâs okay to leave big open spaces in your new living quarters, for a clean, uncluttered look. If you donât feel the need to fill in all the space, youâll save a ton of money on potential furniture and decorative purchases along the way. Focus on fewer, more meaningful purchases and youâre good to go.
5. Donât Buy Everything Right Away
When visiting the homes of parents and other folks that have lived in their homes for a long time, itâs easy to feel like that level of furnishing is expected. Donât go into debt immediately buying furniture for your new place! The reality is that most people have had years (sometimes decades) to furnish their home and have done it over a very long period of time. Relieve yourself of the pressure to have a perfectly decked out home and feel free to leave some rooms open, undecorated, or even unused if you want. Itâs your space, and you get to choose exactly how you use it.
If you follow these tips, youâll significantly cut the cost of moving into a new home whether itâs an apartment, a house, or anything in between. While you might feel pressure to get everything set up right away, take your time and make everything work to your advantage.
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