Why Do a Green Move?
Even if you aren’t into this whole enviro-friendly movement, a green move can save you a lot of money. Even though these green move tips are designed to help save the environment, they can also save your wallet too! Check out the following 5 green move tips to make your move a little more eco-friendly AND budget friendly!
1.Green Moving Boxes
Some people think that green moving boxes are more expensive, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Unlike with cardboard boxes where you are stuck buying a certain amount in a set, with green boxes you can just rent whatever size or number boxes you want to match your specific needs. As an added bonus, you also don’t have to bother with building and breaking down boxes which saves a huge amount of time.
2. Packing Materials for a Green Move
Except when you are transporting invaluable works of art, instruments, etc.- purchasing packing materials isn’t really necessary. As long as you have access to sheets, old newspapers, towels, socks, linens or just about anything lying around your house, you can pack and secure most delicate items.
3. Recycle and Donate
Before you rent a moving van or extra storage space, consider just purging yourself of items for your green move. Sell or donate any items that you really don’t need. By lightening your load you reduce the amount you have to spend on movers, moving trucks and possibly additional storage space too.
4. Get the Right Size Moving Van
Most people err on the side of caution when it comes to renting moving vans, so they end up with a lot of extra space in the moving van. Try to get the smallest moving van possible by accurately assessing how big of a moving van you actually need. This will require you to pack items more tightly, but you’ll save money on the moving van rental and gas. Pro green tip: Some areas offer moving vans that use bio-fuel, so ask and research around to see if you can find a moving company that provides moving trucks that use this alternative fueling source!
5. Settle in Before Buying More Stuff
A lot of us get excited about planning about what new furniture and items we’ll need in our new home. Sometimes this leads us to go on shopping sprees before we have even settled in. I know it can be exciting get items for a new space, but wait until you have everything unpacked. This lets you tell more effectively tell what you actually need and have room for in your new home.