5 Environmentally-Friendly Moving Tips

It’s become clear in recent decades that our society needs to become more environmentally conscious. As a result, people worldwide are actively looking for ways to be more Earth-friendly in their daily activities.

The moving process is no exception—there are many ways people can reduce their carbon footprints when relocating.

Follow these five environmentally-friendly moving tips.

1. Actively Declutter

When people think of decluttering, they think of creating large amounts of trash. However, one of the greenest things you can do is declutter your home. Think of it this way:

  • Gently used or good condition items can be donated, given away, or sold.
  • Certain items can be upcycled or recycled.
  • Fewer belongings to move results in using less packing materials.
  • Lighter loads mean using less fuel due to lighter weight and fewer trips.

Aside from these Earth-friendly benefits, you can also start fresh in your new home and envision a new space—think of how fun it’ll be!

2. Repurpose Cardboard Boxes

If you’re an online shopper like most people, start saving cardboard packaging once you know you’ll be making a move. These boxes make great moving containers, especially since you’ll have a variety of sizes. Even if you don’t do a lot of internet shopping, ask family and friends. Or stop by a local grocery, liquor, or store with standard deliveries. Chances are they’d love for you to take boxes off their hands. 

Then, when you complete your move, pass the gently used cartons to friends, family, or neighbors. Or find innovative ways to reuse them.

3. Reuse Containers

Cardboard boxes make great moving containers, but you can also use other types of packaging. Other suitable packing containers found in the household include suitcases, backpacks, duffel bags, reusable grocery bags, plastic bins, drawers, and laundry baskets, to name a few. This approach is environmentally friendly and a cost-saver because you’re paying to move these items anyway (or making fewer trips if making a DIY move).

4. Use Household Goods as Packing Materials

You must pack many of your possessions carefully, so they don’t break during transport.  Instead of buying a large supply of bubble wrap, use towels, blankets, kitchen dish towels, clothing, or any other household item that provides a sound protective barrier. Even mismatched socks make excellent packing materials for glasses or other fragile items. Aside from reducing the need for bubble wrap, you’re also lightening your load since you’re moving these items to your new home.

5. Pack the Kitchen Last

Plan to pack up your kitchen last. Packing items such as plates, utensils, glasses, and other tableware too early means you’ll probably end up using much more disposable kitchenware than you usually would. Save packing these and other highly-used items for last so you can continue to use them until you move. Additionally, try to eat down your pantry and freezer areas (the latter if you’re moving locally) to reduce takeout containers and avoid throwing out more food than you need. Again, less bulk to move as well.

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6 Tips to Save Money When Moving

Moving can sometimes be expensive. The average cost of moving ranges from $800 to $2,500, and that’s for moves of 100 miles or less. On average, long-distance moves cost even more, from $2,200 to $5,700.

Here are six ways to save during a move.

1. Create a Budget

Start the moving process by creating a budget. Having projected and actual costs in writing will help you stick to a plan and cut back on unexpected expenses.

Setting up a moving budget can be as simple as creating a spreadsheet on a computer or using pen and paper. Then, add a 5 percent contingency into your projected costs to avoid surprises.

2. Sell Items

Long before your move, go through your belongings. Set aside items you no longer need or use but are still nice enough to sell.

Hold a yard sale, head to a consignment shop, or sell items online. This will help you raise a little extra money for your move.

3. Only Move What You Need

While going through your items, get rid of things you no longer want. Whether you sell, donate or recycle, there’s no need to pay to move unwanted items.

This will help reduce the number of belongings you need to pack and load, plus fewer items taking up space and weight on a truck, which will reduce costs.

4. Move During the Off-Season

If you can choose when you move, schedule it for the off-season. Most people move in summer when kids are out of school, and the housing market is at its peak.

This means moving companies are extra busy and tend to charge more. Moving in winter, when demand for moving services isn’t as high, can result in lower rates.

5. Seek Free Packing Material

The costs of packing materials — such as cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, foam sheets, and crates — can add up fast. Save money by collecting used materials for free.

Several months before the move, ask local businesses if they’ll give you their used boxes and supplies. When you get packages in the mail, keep the packing materials. And save up your newspapers and old towels; they’re perfect for packing around fragile items.

6. Compare Moving Estimates

Before deciding on a mover, gather and compare multiple estimates. Of course, the lowest estimate isn’t always the best choice (too-low prices may be a red flag).

But comparing prices can help you hire a reputable, reliable service and save money. Just be sure to start this vetting process well ahead of the move to get the best rates.

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