It doesn’t matter if you are moving to a new apartment or house that is down the street, or one that is across the country, moving to a new location does not have to break the bank. In fact, you may be able to move much cheaper than you ever expected by considering a few tips.
The key to a successful and inexpensive move is to get organized ahead of time. By being organized, when moving day arrives, you will be less stressed, and things will be a lot less hectic for you. It also does not hurt to have a positive attitude during the process.
There are several ways that you can trim your moving budget. While some of the tips are pretty obvious, others may surprise you. Factor the following tips in for your next move, and see how much money you save.
Get Rid Of Unwanted Items: Did you know that the majority of moving companies base their fees on several factors such as the number of vehicles that are used for moving, cargo weight etc.
So, if you are planning to move, this may be your best opportunity to get rid of items that you are no longer using. By doing this, you may be able to end up with more money after everything is said and done. In other words, you may be able to save more money simply because you have fewer items to move.
Use Free Boxes: It is hardly ever a wise decision to pay for something when you can get it for free. Begin to look for large boxes when your move date is six weeks out or less.
You can save boxes from purchases you have made, or you can source free boxes from small businesses in your area like liquor stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and offices. Most business owners do not mind providing you with boxes if you ask for them. Boxes that once stored copy-paper are ideal for moving because they are generally very durable. They can be used to store and move many household items. You need to keep in mind that if you hire a moving company, you may have to buy the company’s moving boxes. These boxes can be used to store more expensive items.
Save even more money by packing your household items on your own instead of paying employees from a moving company to do it for you. This is one of the best ways to save money on moving costs. However, the items must be adequately packed, so that they are not damaged during transit. By using sheets, old newspapers, towels, comforters, and blankets to wrap fragile items, you will not need to pay for packing peanuts or Bubble Wrap. Be sure to pack your items carefully and unpack them just as carefully.
Avoid During Peak Season: Unless it is absolutely necessary, never schedule a move during the peak season. The months between September and May are when you will secure the lowest rates. Moving companies are usually busy during the summer because these are the months when families with children are on vacation. This is also the time of year when college students are preparing for the start of the new semester, and many colleges allow students to move in a few weeks before classes begin.
Also, note that you can save more money moving during the offseason than you can during a weekday or weekend during peak season.
Do Some Comparison Shopping: Just as you do comparison shop for the lowest insurance quotes or the cheapest airline flights, you also need to compare several quotes when you are moving and this can be done by using a reliable moving cost calculator online. As a general rule, you should compare the quotes from at least three moving companies. You should also compare the services offered. Take the time to read over reviews so you can gauge each company’s reputation, as well as their customer service and availability.
If you are planning to move, the moving company should send a representative to your home to see what needs to be done, and how many items you are to be moved. Then, the representative should present you a written and accurate quote.
Consider The Services Of A Transport-Only Company: Some people dislike the entire process of having to rent a moving truck or van and drive it to their destination. Fortunately, there is an option for people who do not want to drive but do not want to pay a moving company either. There is also the option of having the moving company send you a storage container where you can pack it on your own time. Once you have packed the container, the company will pick the container up and deliver it to your destination. Although you may be excited for the next chapter in your life, you do not want to go broke during the moving process. These tips will help get rid of the junk while streamlining your budget.