If you’re going through a short sale or foreclosure, chances are you’re facing financial difficulties which can make the costs of a move seem extremely daunting. But there are a number of tips to help you save money on moving and that’s exactly what The Short Sale Gal Kristine Zelazo will explore in today’s article.
Use Clothing and Linens as Packing Materials
Packing materials can get very pricey, so why waste money on popcorn and bubble wrap that you’ll only ever use once?
Make use of your clothing and linens as packing materials. You’ve got to take them along anyways, so it makes sense to use those garments, blankets and towels to pack up dishes, vases, and other breakable items. This is a crucial tip for saving money on moving because those packing materials can be very pricey!
Save Money on Moving by Using Bags Instead of Boxes
Most people think of boxes when they think of moving, but in many cases, contractor’s bags — extremely thick garbage bags available at home improvement stores — can be a very effective alternative.
In fact, you can wrap solid items in clothing or linens as packing materials, as this will prevent hard corners from poking through the edges of the bags (although contractor’s bags are designed to resist tearing, as the plastic is several times thicker than a typical trash bag.)
Just remember to label or number the bags (if you opt to number them, simply keep a list so you know what items are in a particular number bag!
If you do opt to use boxes — and you will likely need at least a few — get them for free. Liquor stores and wholesale stores like BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and Sam’s Club often give away boxes.
Save Money on Moving by Packing Gradually
Instead of hiring a moving company, save money on moving by packing up your home gradually over the course of a few weeks. This will even work for individuals who don’t have a lot of extra time.
Commit to spending 20-30 minutes a day packing at least one or two bags/boxes. Within the span of a couple weeks, you’ll have a large portion of your home packed up and ready to move!
Take Advantage of the Short Sale Moving Allowance
In recent months, the U.S. Department of Treasury opted to support a $1,500 allowance for homeowners who opt to sell their home in a short sale.
Typically, the homeowner who opts to pursue a short sale is experiencing serious financial difficulties, so covering the cost of a move can be difficult or even impossible. And that says nothing of the expenses associated with taking time off of work to get settled in your new home or the costs required to put a first, last and a deposit on a new home rental.
If you have questions about this allowance or other elements of the short sale process, turn to a short sale expert like Kristine Zelazo, better known as The Short Sale Gal! There are a number of unique steps and processes involved when buying a short sale or when opting to sell your home through a short sale instead of a traditional real estate transaction. You’ll enjoy many advantages when you work with a short sale expert, including a faster and easier sale!
If you’re facing foreclosure, wish to sell your home as-is to an investor or wish to pursue a short sale transaction for the sale of your property, turn to Kristine Zelazo, the Short Sale Gal!
To get started, simply complete the home pre-sale form to provide Kristine with additional information on the property in question. Questions? Call 800.664.0616, x802.