How to Move Apartments on the Cheap

First month, last month, security deposit... changing apartments can quickly get expensive. If this leaves few nickels in your wallet, don't worry. You can move inexpensively if you know a few tricks.

Here are some tips to move on the cheap if you're moving across town:

Start Early
If you have the luxury of time, use it wisely. Score free boxes from local grocery stores. Start packing and planning. Time is your friend - don't squander it.

Reduce, Reduce, Reduce!

We enjoy a large, once-expensive television for one simple reason: a roommate moved out and could not fit the television in his car.

Hauling items from one apartment to the next costs time and money if you can't carry these items yourself. Get generous and give, give, give! You can donate clothes and furniture to a local charity for a tax write-off at the end of the year. Or, post unwanted items for free on Craigslist to give away on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can also entice moving help by offering to give furniture and other household items of value to those who help you move.

The fewer items you have the quicker, easier, and cheaper your move. Plus, sometimes it just feels better to start with a clean slate.

Rent or Borrow a Truck or Van
If you can't spring for movers, at least rent or borrow a vehicle capable of moving large loads at once. Save yourself additional stress by moving everything once rather than taking multiple trips.

Call in the Favors
If you've helped someone else move now is the time to request the favor in return. Even enlist your non-athletic friends. You'll benefit from having someone who can sit with and guard your belongings as you move them into your new place. Reward anyone you find who is willing to help. Pizza and cold beer when the work is done is always appreciated.

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Katie McCaskey sends a big thanks to friends who helped her move in and out of apartments in three cities, particularly the ones who were only paid in pizza and beer.

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