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The further in advance you plan your move, the better it will be for your pocketbook and stress level. The best strategy is to set a moving budget and stick to it. Here are some tips on how to save money.
1. Plan Ahead
If you have the luxury of choosing your moving date months in advance, book your moving van or truck early. If you can avoid peak times, you will reduce moving expenses. Peak times are generally May through September and moving companies will charge more for rentals.
If you want to avoid potentially costly rental fees and fuel expenses, consider renting a moving container rather than a moving van. A moving container allows you the freedom to pack at your own pace. Your possessions will be picked up and delivered at your convenience and you can eliminate the stress of coordinating the move when the time comes.
2. Moving Companies
If you plan to hire professional movers, start researching moving costs, rates and reviews. Comparison shop professional movers and make sure to ask thorough questions. The more specific questions you ask, the more likely you are to get a detailed price list of the company’s services. Asking for a quote will help you avoid any surprise charges on moving day.
3. Your Belongings
Decide what goes with you and what you can sell, leave behind, throw out or donate. This is a great time to cut the clutter from the garage, basement, backyard or attic.
A great way make use of some of your old belongings is to hold a yard sale or post to an online service. Why not make some extra money to put towards your moving expenses? Then simply donate the rest of your unwanted items. Be ruthless – you don’t want to fill up your new home with all the things you wished you had gotten rid of.
You’ll save by reducing the amount of things you have to pack and think about. You may even make money with this tip.
4. Moving Boxes
Collect boxes for moving well in advance. Grocery stores, drug stores, liquor and wine stores are excellent places to pick up strong and durable moving boxes. Wine and liquor boxes are especially suitable because they are compartmentalized and ideal for packing fragile items like glasses and plates.
If you are very economical and work for a company that regularly gets deliveries of larger items, consider asking for the left over boxes before they are recycled. Ask family members who may work in commercial or retail businesses if they can get boxes too.
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