There are many reasons people relocate. It might be starting a new job, a marriage, a divorce, just finishing college or simply wanting a change of scenery. With any long distance move also comes the added expense of transporting your personal belongings. This can run into a lot of extra money you might not have available. The good news is that there are many ways to save money on your next move.
Hiring a moving company
All moving companies are not alike and all times of the year won’t cost the same either. If you’d rather use a professional moving company to transport your furniture and other items, the time of year, as well as the day of the week, can cost you more or considerably less. If you are able to make the move at a time of your choosing, the fall and winter months are most affordable. Also, booking the company for a date that falls during the week such as on a Tuesday or Wednesday will save you even more. Make sure that you acquire several written estimates from a few companies and do a background check before hiring.
Deciding to rent a truck
If you’ve decided that hiring a professional moving company isn’t something you can afford or that you’d rather transport your items yourself, the same rules still apply. For the best rates try to aim for a fall or winter move. If the choice is not in your hands, you can still book a date during the week to help reduce the cost of the rental. Again, it’s important to get a few estimates on not only the rental but also the rate per mile and other fees.
Pack your items
Whether you choose to use a professional moving company or make the trip yourself, you can save money by supplying your own boxes and packing the items up yourself. If you are using a moving company, they often have specific quantities and sizes of boxes that you can use. Just follow the guidelines and you’ll save big on the packing. If you are doing it on your own you can pick up boxes for free at local supermarkets and retail stores. Just make sure you inquire long before you need to pack. This way even if a store only gets shipments once a week you’ll have plenty of boxes to cover what you need. In addition to the boxes, you can use towels, newspaper and coffee filters to help insulate your packages and prevent damage to delicate items while traveling.
Bring only what you need
Moving is a wonderful time to think about downsizing. If you haven’t cleaned out your garage, basement, attic and closets for quite some time chances are pretty good you have a lot more than you anticipated. Remember, everything you bring carries with it a price tag. There are several things you can do to reduce your load. One, you can host a yard sale. This benefits you in multiple ways. You’ll get rid of things you don’t really need or want and you’ll make money doing it, helping to reduce the cost of your move. If you have family nearby you could also give larger items away. Anything left over you can donate to charity.
Host a moving party
When you move and once the packing is complete it’s time to clean everything. This can consume a lot of time. Instead, make it fun and invite family and friends to help with the cleaning. Then once the house is clean and the boxes are loaded, it’s time to celebrate with food and drinks as a reward for their efforts. It’s a great way to say goodbye to those you love.