The average American will live in at least 11 homes throughout their lifetime. That’s a lot of moving.
This means that chances are, you will more than likely move interstate at some point. Interstate moving is the act of moving goods and items across state borders, even if they cross back into the same state once again. For example, if the fastest route from your old to a new home involves crossing out-of-state lines and then back into the same state, it counts as an interstate move.
Most of the time, however, this is not what people mean by interstate moving. The issue is that moving interstate at all, for any reason might require you or your movers to have certain licenses, permits, etc., in order to cross state lines. This could mean more money out of your wallet.
The solution? Hire an interstate moving company. These professional experts will already have the know-how and documentation to get your stuff from state to state, especially when you have little to no money.
Sometimes you need a fresh start in a new place, here’s how to not let money get in your way.
How can I relocate with no money?
Truthfully, we’re all in the same boat. Money doesn’t grow on trees for any of us, and when it comes down to it, life doesn’t wait for you to have money. Oftentimes people relocate with hopes and good intentions for a new life, but how is this possible when your old life has no money to let you move?
The answer: it’s challenging, not impossible. The more organized and financially wise you are before the move, the better off you’ll be.
Start by asking your friends and family for as much help and advice as you can. When it comes to moving, the more hands, the merrier. And the more free hands, even better.
Next, make money off what you own. Think about all that stuff you have and all that stuff you really don’t need. If you can sell as much of your unused items as possible, you’ll be making a small profit and cutting the cost of your move because you’ll have less stuff to move.
Even if you’re rolling in the dough, who doesn’t want to think of free packaging? Never buy packing boxes. Grocery stores, clothing stores, and liquor stores throw them away, as well as people on Craigslist often advertise free boxes. Use these. Then, think of other free ways to pack such as using every backpack, suitcase, and drawer you own to fit your stuff.
Once you’ve relocated, cut your cost of living as much as possible. This may include canceling subscriptions you don’t have, paying your utilities on time to avoid late fees, and limiting ‘plastic’ spending- stick to cash before you hit credit.
What do you do when you have no money?
Sometimes you need to put the cart before the horse. Sometimes, individuals purposely move to another state without a job prospect, on a leap of faith that it’s bound to be better than their current situation.
If this seems a title too risky for you, the fact is that it can be done, and some of the most successful stories have arisen from it.
In some cases, having no money in one place, might not mean being broke in another place. If you’re awaiting your best life in a new state, start by saving now, right now.
The sooner you can begin saving and the more you can save, the better. Then, have a place to stay arranged in advance. This helps if you have a friend or a family member that won’t mind you staying for free for a few weeks, but couchsurfing.com also has reasonable, free accommodations to literally sleep on someone’s couch.
Next, if you haven’t landed a job yet, it’s all about the side hustle. Side hustles are everywhere. There are apps, ads, and individuals who are always looking for simple work to be done. Just remember, you can even walk a dog and get paid for it.
The last thing to remember before taking your leap of faith is to always have a backup plan. Maybe this involves your parents, maybe this involves an emergency fund you set aside, but just have one in place, so that you’re not scrounging up or surprising anyone with any extreme favors at the end.
How can I move cheaply?
Moving is often a necessity, but that doesn’t mean it comes cheap. Just thinking of your gas alone when moving interstate might give you a little shock, but it doesn’t have to.
There are ways to move cheaply from state to state, as long as you follow these helpful tips and tricks:
- Start with free packing materials: This step is so important and it’s worth mentioning twice. Especially when you’re on a tight budget, don’t buy moving boxes, find free ones; they’re everywhere.
- Sell it or throw it away: Definitely the second most important rule because the less stuff you have, the less stuff you’re paying to move.
- Move at the right time: This option might not be available to everyone, but did you know there is a moving offseason? This is during the fall and winter. Professional movers will often have discounted rates.
- Use a flat rate mover: Yet another thing not everyone knows about. Don’t become another horror story about moving companies adding crazy costs during your trip due to county lines, road tolls, miles, hours, or any other outlandish excuse they may come up with.
- Hello, tax writes off: If your move is job-related and at least 50 miles away, oftentimes you can use it as a tax write off. Huge advantage. Hello, money saved.
- Have your company pay for the move: If the move is related, there’s also a possibility that your company might be willing or responsible for paying for part of the move. Don’t be afraid to speak with the HR department because you never know what you might get.
- Timing is everything: Moving might be one of the only things that you can hold off until the last minute. It doesn’t sound like everyone’s dream come true, but why live for weeks and weeks surrounded by boxes? The theory is, when you wait until the last minute or last weekend before you need to move, you’ll spend less because there’s less time to think about it.
- Look for discounts: Moving? There might be a coupon for that. Military, student or other discounts might be available for several of the things you need to move, including a moving company
- Hire the professionals: Some people don’t even try to hire moving professionals when they feel tight with money. However, in the long run, a moving company can be more cost-effective because all of your moving expenses are rolled into one.
How much should you save to move to a different state?
The thing with moving to a different state is that there are 50 of them and they’re all different. So moving to New York will most likely be different than moving to Kansas.
Some resources might tell you that saving anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 is recommended, but it’s more important to think about what you should be saving for.
By now we’ve laid it all out for you; there will be moving costs, but you can make them manageable. Just consider these as the first thing to anticipate spending when moving to a different state.
As a rule of thumb, landlords will only qualify you for a place that is equal to one-third the amount of money you make per month. This means if you make $3,000 a month, you’ll qualify for a $1,000 place. So, save $1,000 for your first month’s rent.
Security deposits/ fees
But then again, don’t forget about the security deposits. Security deposits are typically around half of what you would pay for rent, and administration and application fees might also be added on top of that.
Typically utilities for a single person are anywhere from $100- $300 a month, depending on whether or not you include cable. Keep in mind there may also be initial deposits that come with your utilities.
Your transportation bill depends on how you choose to get around. Public transportation is free or at least more affordable, so this is always a useful option when relocating to a new state. Otherwise, you’ll have to factor in your car payment and gas allowance.
The bottom line is when moving interstate you need to be prepared, but it doesn’t hurt having a little support either.
Fortunately the world today advertises countless professional movers to help you with your transition; unfortunately, they aren’t always the most budget-friendly. Just remember, the moving company you know, might not be the moving company you need.
Everyone has seen a U-Haul truck in their life, but there are countless other, more affordable options. Not sure how to find them? Our company, Pricing Van Lines, is different than other moving companies because we are a moving brokerage firm that can help you find the most affordable moving company, based on your needs.
We advertise as the cheapest interstate moving company because we are. We know where to find the best rates for you so that your new life is only a state away.