Moving can be expensive
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the real costs of your move are limited to truck rental and maybe some boxes and packing materials. These costs don’t include things that can go up in price, like multiple-hour-long flights to distant locations for close friends and family members to help with the move, arranging the use of additional living space for up to a month after your move, or the cost of a hotel room to stay the night before you pick up your first load. Moving can be expensive, but there are ways to lower costs. Here are four tips for saving money while moving: — Pack down to fit, and therefore save space. You can save time and money if you pack everything down to its bare minimum.
Check out the options for moving
The obvious choice for many is to hire a mover. You’ll save money on some things, and find that moving with family members or friends can save some big dollars too. However, you can also check out moving companies in your area, see if they’ll give you a competitive rate, or find them on sites like YallaYa.com or Move Help. The former will help you see what services they offer, the latter will help you get the best price. Where will you move to? Whether you’ll be moving across town or across the country, you’ll want to be sure that you don’t stay in the same neighborhood for a longer period of time than you need to. For example, if you’ll be in a six-month lease, you might want to rent out a house instead of an apartment for six months.
Use your resources
Don’t forget that you can earn a few extra dollars from your house while you’re moving! Selling your old home can often be more profitable than buying your next one, especially if you have children in college or teenagers working to save money for their own homes. If you sell your home for at least what it’s worth, you will pay your landlord an extra $25 to $35 a month for your new home’s mortgage payment. If you’re selling your home for more than what you owe, you can put the money toward your new home. Packing for the company? Is there a neighbor or friend who may have an overabundance of boxes? What about taking a cardboard recycling bin out to the curb and asking your neighbors for the boxes?
Know what you’re getting into
Before you sign the dotted line, be sure to learn all you can about what the real costs are of moving from one place to the next. Where are you getting the truck from? Does the moving company offer a maintenance program for the truck? Is the company insured? What fees are being asked? Did the previous customers ask for an extra fee? What is the final cost? Make sure to ask how long it will take to move, how many employees are being used, and the specifics about where they’ll be taking the boxes and how the work will be done. Do your homework Also, do your research and make sure that you’re choosing a reputable moving company. Ask a lot of questions and don’t forget to read the reviews as well as the business’ Facebook page.