Tips to save money on your next move
Now that summer’s finally here, we’re officially out of hibernation and soaking up as much sunshine and good times as possible. The downside? As the season’s activities and social engagements pile up on our to-do lists, so do the attached expenses. Add a move to your agenda and it can quickly turn from the sunniest time of year, to the busiest, most bank-breaking.
Read on to discover easy (and time saving!) ways you can save, or even turn a profit on your next move.
Search for second-hand treasures
The busy moving season sees an influx of no-longer-needed furniture, tools, and household items for sale via the second-hand economy. In fact, May and June are the most popular months to both buy and sell these items so there’s no better time to shop second hand, whether you need a new drill for renovations, or sofa to finish your new space.
You can actually save $825 buying items second hand over new. So, before making a beeline to your go-to furniture shop to buy those dining stools that practically everybody has, put your feet up, and browse your local second-hand market. There’s an endless offering of eclectic furniture and decorative pieces that are just waiting to be discovered and are more unique than your new neighbours’!
Or maybe the house you bought needs some work before you can even think about decorating. Well, before you buy expensive tools you might only use during this temporary phase, there’s a good chance that with a quick search of the second-hand economy, you can find tools and renovation materials for less. In fact, this time of year sees an increase in these kinds of listing so we’re betting you’ll be pleased with what you find.
Curb the curb!
If you’re downsizing from a larger space, or simply want to use this move as a time to declutter, it can be easy to rely on the curb to get rid of the items you no longer need.
Well, think twice! Selling those same items can earn you quite the profit. In fact, you could earn $1,134 a year just by selling the things you no longer want to someone else who does! That cash can go a long way to help you set up your new space just the way you want it.
During May and June the top searched items include both indoor and outdoor furniture, including patio sets, dressers and sofas/sectionals. So, if you’re looking to free yourself of these items, it’s the perfect time to find them a home, to one of the many eager buyers out there.
Just think, that extra cash can go to a piece you’re really excited about, or a fresh coat of paint, even a summer BBQ at your new digs!
Strike when the market’s hot
No matter your goal this move – to make or save money, or to score the perfect antique armoire to complete your dining room – there’s no better time to sell or search in the second-hand market.
So, if you’re stalling on listing those side tables that have been hidden in your storage locker, or putting off “operation bedroom refresh,” remember NOW is the time to strike if you want to sell faster, or enjoy a wider variety of choices. Moving season attracts more shoppers and sellers, and a bigger selection than you’ll find at any other time of year.
Learn How to Get Involved in the Second-Hand Economy!
If you’ve bought or sold used items, swapped, or donated, you’re already an active contributor!