If you are moving to a new home, your pocket and wallet are probably feeling a little empty. You will have to put a down payment, closing costs and of course broker fees. The last thing that you are going to want is to have an expensive move. Luckily for you, we have some of the best tips to help you pack and save on your budget.
If You, Do Not Need It, do not Pay to Move It
When it comes to movers, their prices are based on weight and what you are going to me shipped to the next location. So, one of the first steps is getting rid of all the extra clutter in your home. This will help lighten the load and help with simplifying your life. You can always declutter and decide to either donate or sell these extra items.
Schedule the Move During Moving Off-Season
If you are like everyone else, then you are probably going to plan your move in the summer. This is the easiest time to move due to vacation time, kids are out of school, etc. The summer months is also the most expensive time to move because everyone else is planning it just like you. Try to schedule your move between the months of October through April. It will be easier to find a moving company and will also save you money in the long run.
Get at Least 3 Estimates
If you are going to be using a moving company, then make sure to get at least three in-home moving estimates. Pricing can vary drastically between companies and the time of year. So, in general, to make sure you are getting the best possible deal, make sure to get multiple estimates and that they are in-home, not just an estimate over the phone.
Do not Get Scammed
When using a professional moving company, there are some things that you should look out for and watch out for red flags. You will be putting all your possessions into on spot, so you will want to make sure that the moving company you choose is legit. One of the first things you should check is to see if they are licensed and insured. Many bogus moving companies are not licensed by the state or federally and do not carry or offer any type of moving insurance. Look to friends and family to get referrals. Do you homework on the companies that you talk to and receive estimates from. Usually, if the estimate seems unbelievable, then 9 out of 10 times it is a scam.
Use What You Have, and Buy Your Supplies
When it comes to moving boxes and packing supplies, purchase them yourself and not through the moving company. Professional moving companies charge some hefty fees for their moving supplies and equipment. Use containers that you might already have, and then purchase moving boxes, packing paper, and other supplies as needed. Do not use used boxes that you find at local grocery stores or other similar style places.
Ask Questions to Find any Hidden Costs
You have found the perfect company to help you move, but there still may be some hidden charges and costs associated with your move. The moving company may not reveal these costs unless you ask. Make sure to ask if there is a charge for heavy items, stairs, repacking, or even just waiting for you to finish some of the packing.
Get Portable Storage and Delivery
There are a many companies out there that offer this style of moving, but the two best are PODS and 1-800-PACK-RAT. They will deliver a storage container right to your home. You can either pack it yourself or hire a company such as Tuxedo Moving. Once it is all packed, they will come pick it up and either store it at one of their facilities or deliver it to your new place.
Rent a Truck for DIY Move
Not everyone has the money or the budget to get a moving company. Save money by renting a moving truck from U-Haul or Penske. This is going to be the most cost-effective route. Asks friends and family to help you with the move. Most of the time they will help for food and beer. When renting the truck make sure to read the fine print about mileage and fuel surcharges. Do not be caught off guard for any hidden charges from the moving truck company.
Everyone is human, and there can be accidents. There is a change that some of you belongs may get damaged or break during the move. Most companies offer a $0.60 per pound coverage. This is probably not going to be enough. Call your homeowners or renters insurance company and see if they offer any type of moving insurance. It is better to be safe than sorry and have more than enough moving insurance just in case.
Moving Expenses and Taxes
Save all your receipts. You will be able to save money even after you are done moving. If you have relocated for work and are at least 50 miles from your previous location, you will be able to deduct the cost of packing, transporting, and storing your items on your taxes.