Moving is definitely not cheap.
Considering the expenses you already have, you now need to start thinking about moving companies and maybe even petrol money if you are moving far away.
There are, of course, many tips and tricks that can help you save money if you are a bit strapped for cash, but wouldn’t it be better to make money whilst moving?
Here are a few smart tactics that you can employ the next time you move to make sure that you have something extra for the long road before you get to your new abode:
Sell your appliances
Do you really need two coffee machines when moving to your new home?
I didn’t think so.
If someone gifted you a new appliance, you can easily sell the old one online or at a second-hand appliance shop. They can bring in a small fortune, so you might as well part with them.
Heck, you could probably recoup about 40% of their original cost when you take them to a resale shop and you can get even more if you decide to sell them yourself online!
Sell and recycle electronics
Remember that smartphone you bought before you realized there is a better one on the market? It is probably somewhere in a box or on a shelf, just waiting to be used again.
Why not make use of this moving opportunity and sell it?
If you clean it up a bit, buy a new battery and a new cover you can easily sell it on Gumtree or eBay. You can sell old computers, mp3 players or televisions for extra cash as well.
As another alternative, you could consider approaching a pawn shop to sell your items.
Sell your furniture
Antiques and high-end furniture are bound to give you a wad of cash in your pocket, so if you’re not scared of selling grandma’s old cabinet, then this is the way to go.
Plus, it will save you even more on moving costs because you will save less due to the fact that you have less stuff to move.
Try selling your valuables online first (i.e. Gumtree). If that fails, you can always approach a local antique dealer or consignment store. They take care of the sale and give you a nice cut of the profit.
Sell old or unneeded clothes
This is actually a two-way advantage because not only will you make some money off of those clothes you rarely wear, but you will also be able to limit the amount of stuff you take to the new place which will make moving easier.
Many of the clothes you own might be worth a pretty penny, especially those dresses and suits you bought for a cocktail party!
You can even consider selling some of your winter clothes if you are moving somewhere sunnier.
Second-hand shops and online consignment stores are your best bet if you want to find a market.
Sell old books
Selling your old books can vary from a few bucks to a few hundred or even thousand Rands, depending on the edition and condition of the book.
Rare or signed books are worth a ton of money and collectors who are looking out for it online are willing to pay if you are willing to sell.
Textbooks can also be resold to university bookstores or to university students and you’ll be providing affordable textbooks to the next generation of students. Second-hand bookstores will also take in your old novels and give you cash before they sell them to new readers.
These are just some of the ways that you can make money whilst you are moving to your new home!
Which great tips do you have you’d like to share?