Save on Your Summer Move
Millions of Americans will move this summer and gas prices are rising
It’s not unusual to see gas prices on the rise in the summer season, but this year, the U.S. prices are reaching a three-year high. We always think about the same things when it comes to saving on gas. You can swap the SUV for a hybrid car or upgrade to the newer Prius. There is always walking or biking, too.
But what do you do if you are one of the 35 million Americans who move annually? Sure, most of those moves are in town or at least in the same general region, but it’s not just the moving day travel that sucks the money out of your credit card and into your gas tank. There are the trips to the garbage dump and all those miles burned going from one prospective home or apartment to another. If you’re like most, you will have to travel to and from a storage unit or make multiple trips.
The trucks and vans we rely on to make these moves, even when it’s in the same city, tend to be of the gas guzzling variety. If you manage to avoid the UHaul or Enterprise mileage fees by selecting certain no-fee vehicles, you still have to drop a large amount of cash to fill that tank back up upon return.
One of the often overlooked but easy to execute strategies for lowering your gas expenditure is to simply declutter and organize your home. When you have less to move, you can downsize the vehicle or save one or two extra trips. To save even more mileage, utilize a junk removal app or a junk hauling company. Go Trashy (iPhone, Android, Call: (844) 546-8727) lets you photograph that old couch and all those paint cans you’ve never known what to do with, and then they match you with a Go Trashy hauler in your area. It’s the nimble, fast, easy way, and it’s well worth a try.
A good junk hauling company can make the trips to the dump for you, and it will reduce the amount of stuff that you have to move. A great trash removal company like Go Trashy upcycles and recycles your stuff whenever possible. That way, you are not only saving money, you are keeping the environment just a bit healthier.
You are going to face enough stress as you prepare to move. Getting your space organized and removing anything not worth keeping is a great way to feel good in your space, even as you face all the coming changes. There is no end to these escalating gas prices, so minimize the amount of stuff you have to move. Won’t you feel better when you write the deposit check or the first new mortgage payment if you know you saved time and money on the whole moving process?
Here are some things to take care of before moving day, so that you can move with less stress and more money in your pocket.
Time to Get Rid of Those Pesky Paint Cans
Most of us have them. There are old paint cans and that old tin of mineral oil. Almost every garage has an empty propane tank or an old lawnmower gascan. These things hide until the last possible second on moving day, and then you’re left with the ethical and moral dilemma of what the heck to do with it? You cannot leave it. You cannot just toss it out.
It is another place where a junk hauler like Go Trashy might be the way to go. Many communities have certain days of the year when the dump will take and properly dispose of these items. Whatever your preferred method, getting it done early will feel good, and getting it done responsibly will feel fantastic.
Remove Yard Waste and Debris Piles
Yard waste removal is pretty far down the list of Fun Things To Do. That’s why it is so common to see a pile of old fallen branches and dead leaves in the corner of the lot. If you own your home, you can use this as an opportunity to get your place in shape for a higher selling price. Why wait on making the yard look as nice as possible?
Yard waste should be composted and handled properly. Those old tree branches do not need to take up space at the landfill. Get this work done early so you can relax. If you are renting, you want that deposit back, right? Don’t forget the debris pile!
Minimize the Stuff You Are Moving
Go ahead, call the junk hauling company. Give that couch to your neighbor who needs one. Recycle that old collection of magazines. Whatever it takes, be sure to get your place as decluttered and minimalistic as possible. It’s not just about saving space in the moving truck. You will feel better with your space organized and clean as you go through the stress of moving.
Take items you have not used in six months and find a way to upcycle or recycle them. You do not need to move things that you will not utilize in the new home. We all have a tendency to collect items we think we will get to. Use the Six Months Rule (or a year if six months is too terrifying) to say goodbye to those untouched items.