As military families know, it's important to stay light. When you move frequently, it is stressful, difficult, time consuming, and expensive to move lots of stuff. People who move frequently quickly learn to pare their belongings down to a minimum to keep moves as painless as possible. One way to do this is to treat some furniture as disposable or temporary.
A great example is the couch. Couches are big and bulky. They take two people to move, and a lot of space in a moving truck that could be put to better use. They are also very inexpensive to buy used. In fact, it really doesn't make sense to buy a sofa new at all. Shall we boil down the numbers?
- If a cheap, new sofa costs $1000,
- And a decent used sofa costs $50,
- Then you would have to buy a used sofa every year for 20 years to equal the cost of a new one.
- New sofas do not last 20 years, especially if they were cheap to start with.
So why increase your moving expenses by hauling around your couch? Buy your sofa used in the first place, ditch it (in any number of ways) when you move, and replace it with another used couch when you get into your new home.
A similar set of numbers apply to
- dining tables
- Washing machines and dryers
So the next time you are in the market for appliances, furniture, or other big ticket items, ask yourself a few questions:
- Does it make more financial sense for me to purchase this new or used?
- Would it make sense for me to keep it if I were to move?
- Would the price make me feel obligated to keep it in a move, even if it caused logistical problems or increased my moving costs?