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How to Cut Costs When Moving…
Dated: March 6 2018
Not only can moving be stressful and tiring, but the fees that come along with moving can quickly add up.
Luckily for you, we have come up with a few money saving moving tips to avoid the stress and help you save some dollars.
9 Money Saving Moving Tips:
#1 – Pack and Drive the Little Things Yourself
Packing your kitchenware, shoes or books yourself will take time and therefore money off your final moving bill. You could also drive the little stuff to the new place yourself and only have the movers take care of the heavy items.
#2 – Get Rid of Unneeded Items
Most of us have many items we don’t seem to want to get rid of even though we never plan on using them again. To help you save the money, now is the perfect time to get rid of them.
#3 – Improvise on Moving Supplies
A good example to save money on moving supplies would be to collect free boxes from friends and family. Most people have extra boxes laying around anyways. Grocery stores can also provide you with free boxes if you ask. Even your workplace or office can have some free boxes for you.
You could also use old clothing or newspaper to protect your fragile items instead of spending extra dollars on moving materials. If you are hiring a moving company, always ask which supplies they can also provide as well.
#4 – Prevent Any Damages
Make sure there is nothing in the way when moving items out of your home. Last thing you want is to damage your valuable things and ending up repairing them will definitely cost you.
#5 – Ship Your Belongings
If you are moving a long distance and don’t have many items to move, a more cost effective way would be to just ship them.
#6 – Do It with The Help of Your Friends
If you have friends with trucks or bigger cars, you can bribe them with some pizza and beers to let you use them and even help you move. This is where good friends come in handy.
#7 – Hire A Low Cost Moving Company
If you’re not lucky enough to have friends with trucks or bigger cars, hiring a low cost moving company is very helpful and time efficient. Make sure you research different moving companies carefully to find as much information possible before choosing.
Things to look for would be reviews, pricing, experience and any extra fees they may be charging you. Get estimates and bids from a handful of different companies to compare the pricing.
#8 – Timing Is Everything
Moving companies charge more during the busy seasons or weekends. If you are able to plan your move date during the slow season like early winter, fall, or during the week, you can save a lot of money.
#9 – Just Ask
Lastly, if you are continuing to stress about your move and unsure what to do because you are tight on money, just let your moving company know.
They are humans too and they understand the situation and will most likely do what they can to help you out like trying to negotiate a moving deal.
If you apply all of these tips and tactics, you will be happy when you realize how much you actually ended up saving. It is easy to get carried away and end up paying whatever it takes just to get the job done.
Just remember, anything you can do yourself, saves you from having to pay someone else to do it. But if you are like most people and can’t stand the thought of packing or moving, follow the tips above and you will end up spending a lot less than you originally planned.
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