1. Make a budget – and routinely re-evaluate itThis is the most boring, but the most necessary of undertakings. Moves are full of surprises, so try to anticipate them. Other than the rent/down payment on your new place, what else do you need to lay out money for? Can you get enough boxes and wrapping papers free? Will you have to buy supplies (boxes, stuffing, tape)? Will you need any new furniture when you get there? ...more
I don't know anyone who actually enjoys the process of moving. Seizing a new opportunity? Sure. Relocating to be closer to family? Yep. Moving to go to graduate school? Exciting! But the actual packing, loading, driving, making sure all your stuff goes to your new destination? Not fun. Not cheap, either. Here are three ways to move without breaking your budget or losing your mind.