You’re planning to move and have already begun to experience heartburn as you consider the costs. Doing the move yourself is out of question, so that leaves the services of a moving company to do the work for you. Fortunately, there are ways for you to save on your move as well as on the expenses related to making the transition.
1. Purge your excess stuff. Chances are you possess far more things than you need. If this is the case for you, then separate the items you don’t need from those that you do need. That way, when the moving company representative gives you an estimate, it will be based only on the items to be transported and nothing more.
2. Sell your excess stuff. All those items you no longer need should be sold. You can do this through a garage or yard sale, through online listings, or other notices. Most of what you own can likely be sold at your yard sale, netting you perhaps a few hundred dollars. If, however, you have items of great value, you may want to get these appraised and sell them separately. Decide what you want to keep and perhaps pass down some day and what you want to sell. Take the proceeds from your special sale items and use them toward your moving budget.
3. Furniture represents your heaviest items and greatest moving costs. Consider all the furniture in your home and the weight of these items. Now consider where you will be living and whether every piece should go with you. If you plan to buy new furniture a year or so after you move, then consider getting rid of those pieces now that you won’t be keeping later. Sure, your living room might be mostly empty for the short term, but the reduced moving load means you’ll have a more manageable moving budget.
4. Ask for tax receipts. Not everything you will part with will sell. The temptation to bring those items with you anyway should be dismissed. Instead, find a local non-profit organization that accepts clothes, furniture and other household items and make your donation. Carefully list the items you donate because you’ll need to assess value at tax time. And most certainly ask for a tax receipt, keeping this with your important tax records.
5. Cancel your landline. If you still have a home phone, cancel that service. You already have a cell phone and that’s probably the phone where most of your calls are made and received. Cancel the service now and don’t renew it at your new location. That’s money you will save this month and every month forever.
6. Ask the real estate agent for a welcome pack. Welcome packs are still offered to people moving into a new community. They’re typically assembled by community groups to help acquaint people with their new area. They also contain numerous coupons for a variety of services, giving you big discounts for cable service, eating out, entertainment and more. The money you save using the coupons can come in handy as you adjust to your new location. Keep an eye on your mail box too — additional special offers are likely to be sent as well.
7. Pass on your boxes. Hopefully, the boxes you acquired for your move did not cost you anything. Free boxes are available through major retail stores, including supermarkets, department stores, and warehouse clubs. Obtaining boxes and paying a small amount for packing tape and stickers will save you hundreds of dollars. Instead of recycling the boxes, post a notice on Craigslist explaining that you have boxes for free and that they’re available at the curb for pick up.
Money Saving Moves
You can also save money on a move by obtaining quotes from multiple moving companies explains the Allied Moving Company. When reviewing the quotes you can also negotiate for a lower price, perhaps saving you hundreds of dollars and enabling you to stretch your budget.