So you’ve accepted the job offer in another province or state and are ready to start your new life. Now all that’s left is the move. Moving can become very costly, but if you devise a concrete plan and stick to it, it may end up costing you a lot less than you imagine.
Hiring professional movers
Traveling across the country with your things in tow isn’t for everyone. For one, maneuvering a large truck through congested highways and busy side streets can rattle your nerves. Not to mention, these are your furniture and supplies, and if damaged, you have to replace them on your own. Interstate moving companies have professional drivers who do this for a living. To them driving across the country is just another day on the job. Contact a few companies with a good reputation and then get written quotes. If it’s possible, try to avoid their busy season, usually, this is between the months of June through September. And avoid scheduling your move for the weekend. These two things alone could save you over $500.00 on the actual move. The benefit of using moving services is that you’ll know the exact cost of the move up front. This allows you to plan accordingly.
Purge before the move
Most people don’t need or even want everything they own. If this is the case for you, purge. Go through your attic, basement, and garage and set things aside that you no longer want. Then, once you finish and you have your collection in one location, go through the things that are still in good condition and either sell them online or host a yard sale. You’d be surprised how many people drive around on the weekend looking for used pieces of furniture, tools, and collectibles. Not only will you lighten your load, but you’ll also make a few bucks that you can use to help offset some of the expenses. The items that don’t sell you can either donate to your local church or give away to a family member or friend. In the end, you’ll have less cargo which translates into less money needed to transport your things.
Boxes, packing up on your own
Even if you hire professional movers you have the option of doing your own packing. This can save you a lot of money off the original estimate. And, if you plan for this in advance you can go to your local stores and pick up boxes for free. Just keep in mind that if you do this you have to comply with the number and the sizes of boxes that you have the written estimate for. Also, if you pack on your own and damage occurs during the moving process, you can’t hold the moving company accountable. This means that you will have to replace the items on your own.
Using a transport only service
For many, the cost of hiring professional movers just isn’t in the budget. Unfortunately, neither is the second option of driving a truck long distance on your own. Luckily there is a third option, using a transport service. These moving companies drop off a storage container and then once you fill it you contact them to pick it up. This allows you to pack it up at your leisure without an imminent deadline and will help to reduce the cost of your move. Just keep in mind that while the price tag might excite you, you will need to unload it on your own at the receiving end.
According to statistics, the average person will move more than 10 times during their lifetime. In order to achieve the most savings, you need to plan your move in advance. Reduce your load, opt for doing some of the work yourself and avoid the peak seasons, are all effective ways to stay within your budget and save money on the move.