Ultimate Moving Guide
Ultimate Financial Guide for Moving
Is it time to pack your belongings and hit the road? Whether your are moving across town or across the country, we have you covered with our ultimate financial guide to moving.
Let’s face it, moving costs money. There are tons of decisions to make from finding a home or rental, to choosing a cable provider. If you have a move coming up in your future, then you want to plan things just right.
Here are some of the biggest ways to save big on money and time on your next move.
Time your move just right
Prices of professional movers or trucks will increase over the summer months and the last weekend of each month. Avoid these hot times and you can save big.
Timing and planning ahead is everything when it comes to moving. When planning, check out multiple moving companies and truck rentals. It is ideal to get at least 3 quotes before making a decision.
You should go with a reputable company that is insured. Know all the details of what you are paying ahead of time so there are no surprises when the big moving day comes.
Lighten your load
Even if you don’t have far to go, hauling around large pieces of furniture can be back breaking and bank breaking. If you are in the right position, you can save tons by selling your stuff and opting for a furnished pad.
It is ALWAYS advisable to go through all of your things before moving. Donating old clothes, books and other items you just don’t need will definitely lighten your load.
One place you might not want to downsize is your kitchen. Many kitchen utensils and items are a bit more on the pricey side. Be a little more selective or you could end up buying more than you planned for.
Do your own packing
Moving companies offer tons of services to get at your wallet. One way you can save is by doing your own packing. You can easily find free boxes from friends, family or in cardboard dumpsters. You can even ask stores if they have boxes they need off their hands. Some people have no problem dumpster diving for great treasures to help aid in moving.
This is also a good time to save newspapers. Many people get free newspapers or store ads that are great for wrapping fragile items in. If you order anything online, save the box and packing material for your move.
Rent a truck
Pizza and beer for friends that help you move will definitely be a cheaper bill than hiring movers. Oftentimes, it is a great bribe to get cheap labor. If you can gather a crew, then rent a truck over getting movers. Most people are totally fine with dinner and drinks once the big move is over.
However, be sure to be considerate if you go this route. Have your things packed and organized so you do not waste your friends’ time. Also, don’t sit around watching them lift heavy things. You should be doing the heavy lifting right along with them.
Consider using a moving container
If you are planning on taking your time moving, then using a moving container might be financially beneficial. Especially if you are doing most of the moving yourself, you might need a container to hold your stuff for you.
The great part is that the moving container companies are usually pretty flexible. They can drop off a container in your driveway or street and leave it while you fill it up. Once you are ready, you can call them to haul it away to your new place.
The new bills
Prior to moving, you want to investigate your new bills. We’re talking cable, water, utilities, internet, etc. Call each carrier and see what their deals are on moving. Some might just need a new address, but sometimes the bills can change depending on your new location.
This might also be a good time to reconsider your bills. Is it time to cut the cord with cable? Maybe you do not need top tier internet? Whatever the case might be, you should re-evaluate your situation to see if there are even more corners you can cut.
Moving across town or across the country is stressful and demands quite a bit of planning. By using this guide, you can be sure you are making all the proper financial choices. The key is planning, researching and being somewhat flexible.