The Omaha real estate market is fast-moving. Homes on the market sell within days and buyers have to be competitive. While Omaha continues to be an affordable area to live in the U.S., it’s always nice to save a few dollars where you can. For that reason, we wanted to give you some tips on how to move on budget.

1. Research moving companies

If you’re planning to hire professional movers, shop around first. Moving companies typically run in the hundreds of dollars along with extra for things like gas and mileage and large furniture. Get quotes from a few different companies before you decide on one. Also ask if they provide insurance coverage in case your property gets damaged or broken in the move. You can also consider smaller operations like college students or freelance labor. No matter who you choose, make sure to check reviews when doing your research.

2. Consider a DIY move

If you don’t own a lot of items, especially large, cumbersome ones, doing your own move is a great way to save some money. You can recruit a few family members and friends and pay them back with a free meal as a token of your appreciation. You can always rent a large truck to haul your belongings and any big furniture you might have. 

3. Pare down your stuff

One of the best things to do before you move is to go through and declutter your belongings. Go through each item and get rid of what you no longer need. You can donate items in good condition to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or homeless outreach center. You can also sell items at a garage sale, perhaps collaborating with your neighbors to host a neighborhood sale. You can also sell items on social media or used book and media stores. Purging old items not only feels good, it also lightens your load when it comes to moving!

4. Get creative

Packing supplies can be expenses. Between cardboard boxes, tape, and bubble wrap, the cost can quickly add up. Get creative with the items you have to help you move. Towels, sheets, and blankets are excellent substitutes for bubble wrap. Instead of buying a bunch of cardboard boxes, utilize suitcases, backpacks, and duffle bags that you might already own. Once you run out of items to pack things in, check with friends and family, or post on social media asking if anyone has any boxes they can give you. Chances are, you can find quite a few for free. 

Moving can be an exciting yet stressful and costly time. Save some cash where you can. If you need a new homeowners insurance policy, we’d be happy to help get you the best plan at the best rate. Give us a call today.