4 tips to stay green during your next move
1. By donating items instead of keeping or throwing them away, you’re able to not only give back to those less fortunate, but also keep items from ending up in the landfill. One great way in achieving this is to hold a garage sale, where items that are no longer wanted or needed are sold to individuals in the community. Many people don’t realize that old items can be of great value to those less fortunate and giving away unused items is a great way to give back to your local community. This can help pay for a portion of your hired movers costs and also make the move take less total time, which also saves you money.
2.Using used boxes from around your residence can assist you in packing your belongings and limits you from having to purchase as many new boxes. Many times business’s throw out used box’s, if you’re able to locate these places in your local community you can cut your material costs for your move significantly. Please keep in mind that used boxes aren’t as sturdy as new ones. Save the new boxes for heavier items and valuables in which you will be transporting, to ensure they’ll be kept safe during transit.
3.A great way to stay green while moving, is to collect the materials that were used during your move and recycle the materials for another. By either saving the boxes for your next move, or speaking with friends and family who might be moving in the near future and supplying them with materials for the job. Not only will your friends and family thank you for providing the materials, but also you can avoid repurchasing new materials for the next time you need to relocate.
4. When you’re moving into a new house, items may need to be purchased and or replaced. By first looking for used, or lightly used furniture, you’re able to save money by not buying new. Also in many instances a quick coat of paint can make a big difference in its appearance. Projects like this can not only save money, but also be a great project for the family to do before the moving date. Some methods to consider to help find items for your new home at a reduced price are, auction houses and garage sales in your local community. In most cases these events occur on the weekend so save one aside in advance and you could score yourself some major deals.
By using these tips you can avoid impacting the environment in a negative way. Not only will you be able to save yourself time, and money in the process. Preparing for the upcoming move well in advance, will help ensure you have the time to get materials required and also enable yourself to accomplish everything in a way that limits the impact on the environment. If you’re choosing to hire a company to handle your relocation, please ask about what they’re doing to limit their carbon footprint.