21 Tips for Moving to a Big City on a Small Budget
Moving to a booming big city is a common goal for many new graduates, suburbanites, and small-town residents across the nation. But relocating can bring all sorts of costs and complications that become overwhelming. Here are 21 ways to save money when making the big move.
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The same amount of money typically buys less space in the city than elsewhere, and the less you have to move, the easier and cheaper moving will be. Along with the distance covered, the weight of your belongings can affect moving costs, so decide now what you can do without and begin getting rid of anything you no longer want. Try selling furniture and other items online, or hold a garage sale. Many things can simply be tossed, too.
Places in the heart of the city typically see high demand and steep prices. To find an apartment that's both comfortable and affordable, it's best to consider less-trendy neighborhoods where rent is cheaper. Decide how far from the city center you're willing to live, and then start investigating attractive neighborhoods.
Hiring a moving company is essential for some, but going another route can significantly cut moving costs. Those traveling light may be able to fit everything in a car, and there are additional options including truck rentals, freight shipping services like U-Ship, and portable storage units such as PODS.