Immediate financial help for moving expenses

It is common for you to feel anxiety when you decide to relocate. For some, there is no other option: a new job, a sick family member. For others, it is for the thrill of being in a new environment. Either way, moving can be expensive, and some jobs will not cover for relocation. Here are some money tips to assist you with your move.

What You Have vs. What You Need

When you begin packing, browse through your possessions. You will be surprised to know how much you do not need or do not use. Give away clothing and shoes you do not wear to your local good will. Some Goodwill centres will pay for your unworn or gently used clothing. Use the money to buy packing items, including boxes, tape, suitcases and padlocks.

Yard Sale

A few weekends before you move, have a yard sale. Sell everything you will not need. If you have something that needs to be replaced, sell it and add the money to what you have to buy a new one when you have reached your new home. Not only will you reduce the amount of things you need to pack, you will have some spending money for transportation costs.

Throw a Party

Sure, you have heard of housewarming parties for new homes. Switch it up and have a party before you leave our old one. Invite some close family and friends to help you pack while playing some music. By doing this, you will not have to pay a moving crew a ridiculous amount of money. You might even get some gifts in the process.

Public Assistance

You are eligible to get your expenses paid from your state Department of Social Services if your move is due to a natural disaster, dangerous living condition or if you are moving to a less expensive apartment. Check out your state's official social services website to see if you meet qualifications for financial help. If you meet the criteria, you will receive a stipend. You may also qualify to receive benefits for moving expenses from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (See Resources).

Change Spending Habits

Some fail to realise that the key in maximising your money is to save what you already have. Eliminate bad spending habits. Eat out less often and refrain from ordering take out. Only purchase items you need at the supermarket. If it is absolutely necessary, ask a family member or friend to lend you some money until you get settled in your new place. The opportunities in getting financial assistance for moving expenses are endless, just be creative and know the resources available for you.

Talk to Future Employer

If you are moving because of a job offer, you may be eligible to receive a relocation package from your future employer. Many employers are willing to pay anywhere from £650 to £6,500, depending on how much they need you to fill a position. See if your new job offers relocation packages for employees. Have a list ready of all the expenses you plan to pay for during your move (i.e.: transportation costs, storage, security deposit). Keep the receipts of all the items and services you purchase for your move. You may be able to use them as a tax write-off during tax season.

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About the Author

Zaina Adamu has been a general assignment reporter in Baltimore since 2006. She currently owns Refine Agency, a web development company in Towson, Md. Her works have been featured in "The Baltimore Times," "The Annapolis Times" and College Syndicated News. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Morgan State University.

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