Moving into a new home can be both exciting and stressful. A major move can also be very stressful financially. Hiring professional movers to do all the work can cost $13,000 or more. That's a substantial amount of money! Learn how to spend less on your move here.
1Research On Your Moving Options
Get online and ensure that the company you're considering is a professional mover. Anyone can lease a truck and claim to be a pro. Look for reviews. The Internet makes it more challenging to be deceptive nowadays.
If hiring movers are simply too expensive, you could rent a moving truck. The daily fee is minimal but be aware of the mileage fees. Putting gas in a large vehicle is also expensive. If you can handle the heavy lifting, renting a truck is definitely an option to consider.
2Gather Several Moving Quotes
Shop around for the best rates. It's a good idea to get an in-home estimate from at least three different moving companies. Ask questions about how you can reduce the cost.
3Don't Bring Too Much Stuff
The more items you're taking, the higher your moving costs. Donate, recycle, sell, or give away anything you can before relocating. Most people find, they can get rid of almost 50% of their things without too much trouble.
4Do Your Own Packing
This gives you one more chance to decide if you can eliminate any additional items. You can also take special care in packing your important things. Ideally, the movers will just be doing the heavy lifting rather than packing your socks.
5Use Your Own Boxes
It's cheaper to purchase your own boxes rather than using the ones the movers provide. Better yet, many stores are happy to give you their boxes after they're done unpacking merchandise - just ask. Use these boxes to pack up small stuff on your own. The less time the movers spend packing your things, the more money you save.
6Label Every Box You Pack
Labeling all your boxes comes in handy during unpacking time. Also, if the movers know where to put the boxes in your new home, it will save them time. Clearly label your boxes to make it easier for the movers.
7Make Your Move At A Good Time
Movers are busy at the beginning and the end of the month when leases start or end. The middle of the month is a slow time, so you're more likely to get a better deal if you choose to move during this time. If possible, avoid relocating in the summer, which is the busiest time of the year.
8Ask About Insurance
Most moving companies offer insurance to protect your items, especially expensive ones. However, you might find that your homeowners' insurance will also cover your move. Find out the details. For example, the insurance rate could be less expensive if you pack the boxes versus having the movers pack them.
Moving is exciting, but it can also be expensive. With some effort and proper planning, it will be smooth sailing. Use these tips to minimize the cost and stress of your next move.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut or as she likes to call them Thing 1 and Thing 2.