Whether you are buying your first, second, or third home, each move is expensive. The cost could double or even triple if the move is made across the country. The good news is there are several ways to lower your expenses.
Rent a truck or Hire a Professional Moving Company
Driving a truck loaded to the max across the country can cause an abundance of stress. Whereas hiring professional movers takes the worry off your shoulders. However, if your budget is skinny, hiring a moving company can cost thousands on its own. You need to weigh the pros and cons and then come to a final decision.
Advantages of Hiring Movers
There are some clear advantages to hiring movers. First, you won’t have to drive a big truck through traffic and suspect roadways. Second, if you opt for their insurance, you won’t have to worry about the damage that may occur during transport. If there’s something of value such as antique glassware or your mother’s pearls, pack a separate box and bring them with you. Another advantage is that they will pack up the truck and remove everything from the truck into your new home.
Reducing the Estimate
Every company will provide you with a written estimate based on the information you provide. Naturally, if any of the info changes, the cost can increase or decrease accordingly. Most estimates include a charge for packing a set number of boxes. If you opt to pack up the boxes yourself, you can lower the final cost. The written estimate will also include a fee for the supplied boxes. However, if you decide to acquire the boxes on your own, that amount comes off the bill. You can find boxes for free at retail stores, supermarkets, and liquor stores.
Move During the Off-Season
Moving companies charge different rates throughout the year. During their peak season, May through September, you can expect to pay the most. However, if you schedule the move from October through March, you’ll pay less. It’s all about supply and demand. To save even more, schedule the move for a weekday versus over the weekend.
Take Only What You Want
Everything that you take along is going to occupy space on the truck. The more room you use, the higher the fee. Before contacting a moving company, figure out what you want. Clean out the basement, the garage, and the attic and start the process of decluttering. Anything you no longer use or need set aside. Return to these items a day or two later, and if you’re still on the fence about bringing them, leave them behind. You can sell, donate, or contact a junk company to haul them away. You can use the profits on the items you sell to help fund your move and the donations as a tax deduction.
If you decide that hiring a moving company is not in your budget and you don’t want to drive a truck for more than a thousand miles, a moving container may provide a good fit. Moving containers have a price somewhere in the middle. One advantage of having a container delivered is that you have time to pack up at your leisure. The company simply drops off the container and you give them a call when it’s ready for pick up. They also deliver it to your new home when you’re ready. This lets you get the fine cleaning done ahead of your things.
Moving can be emotional for you, your spouse, children, and pets. You can remain excited and move for less if you reduce your inventory, find boxes, pack yourself, and choose the moving date during the week in the off-season.