6 Ways to Save Money with Your Move
A household move can be expensive. However, you can move successfully on a budget. Here are some tips to make your residential relocation cost-effective.
Movers typically charge by weight or the size of truck you require. Sorting through your things and removing items you last used a while ago can save you some money. You can donate, sell, or give away items you no longer need. Hosting a garage sale for unused items can also help you earn money toward the cost of your move.
2. Reuse Packing Materials
Some movers provide free or reduced gently used boxes. You can also often find boxes from friends who’ve recently moved or through posting on social media. Retailers like grocers and appliance stores are also a good source of sturdy, gently used cartons. Recycling centers also may let you take boxes.
You can also save considerably on other packing materials. For example, consider supplementing your bubble wrap or packing paper with socks, tee shirts, and towels. You also can use paper grocery bags for wrapping items.
3. Measure Before Moving
Measure the dimensions of each room in your new home and plan your layout before deciding what to move. Also, measure the width of doors and around corners and staircases. You don’t want to spend money moving an item that won’t fit.
4. Pick the Right Time
Try to move during non-peak times. Summer and weekends are often the busiest, meaning moving during a different season or the weekday may save you money. You also may not have to book your move so far ahead.
5. Seek Moving Benefits from Your Employer
Before you accept a job that requires relocation, ask about a relocation package. Some companies will reimburse part or all the cost of the move. Some may also offer job search assistance for your spouse or partner.
Even if your company fails to offer relocation benefits, you may be able to deduct the costs from your taxes at year-end. A good tax preparer can guide you.
6. Get Multiple Estimates
Ask at least three reputable movers for estimates. Ask friends for recommendations of movers and read reviews.
A reputable mover will come to your old house and look at what you must move before providing an estimate. Be sure to give the same information to each mover so that you can compare the quotes. Some movers also offer discounts to certain professions, such as teachers, first responders, or members of specific organizations. Be sure to ask.
Although obtaining multiple estimates is an excellent way to save money, you shouldn’t always go with the lowest bidder, especially if the bids are far apart. A very low bid could mean that the mover has underestimated your move, and you may be in for a surprise when you receive the final bill. Also, a low-cost mover may cut corners in other ways, resulting in a disappointing moving experience that may cost you more in the long run.
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