Moving is often seen as pricey or difficult to plan. There are things you can do make it simpler and less expensive, though.
Let’s take a look at cutting costs. You can keep moving fees within your budget. And bonus! Some of these hints also help make the move less complicated.
Scale down: We’re not recommending anything brutal, but go through everything you have to see if you still want/need it. Be sure to check out all your hiding places: closets, attic, basement, storage areas. It’s simple: the less movers have to transport, the less you’ll have to pay.
Shop around: You probably wouldn’t buy a car without checking with a few lots to see where the best deal is. Do the same thing with moving companies. Call a few and compare services and prices.
Get covered: Professional movers know how to transport your belongings safely, but, hey, we’re all human, and accidents happen. A reputable moving company will offer insurance. Make sure you understand the details:
Pick a good date: Movers are typically busier when leases are up at the start and the end of months. Weekends and summers are also hectic.
Get organized: As you pack, label everything with the name of its new room. Use a color-coding scheme, too—red tape for the dining room, blue tape for the kitchen, and so on. Having an easy reference will help your movers get boxes and furniture where they belong more quickly.
Pack yourself: Some moving companies offer packing services. You don’t have to find boxes and make everything fit safely if professionals do the job. That’s going to cost extra, however. If you’re on a strict budget, fill those boxes yourself.
Go green: And speaking of boxes, used moving boxes are available and significantly less expensive than spanking brand new ones. And if that isn’t good enough, sometimes you can sell the boxes back to the company. Good for the environment and your wallet.
Save receipts: If you’re moving because of a new full-time job, you may be able to deduct packing, storing and transporting expenses from your taxes. Be sure to check this out at tax time.
The bottom line for your bottom line: to lower moving expenses, you have to plan ahead and be organized. Moving a household is a big job that can seem overwhelming. But procrastinating is just going to add to the stress and cost. So get cracking. (Right this minute. The post is over. Get up and get going. Now.)
Brian Myers owns Low Budget Movers, a moving company in Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and surrounding areas in Arizona. Low Budget Movers is also a proud new member of the American Moving & Storage Association.