So you've found your new home; now you
need to pack up all of your things and move. Many people consider this to be
the hardest part of the transition to a new home, as well as being quite
expensive, but it doesn't always have to be. There are some easy ways that you
can save time, effort, and most importantly, money, when you are relocating to
that new house using moving companies by
following these five simple tips.
If there is one thing you don't need to
pay for when you are moving, it is the boxes that you use to pack up all of
your things. There are plenty of retailers out there willing to give away
boxes, and there are people in your local area who have undoubtedly just moved,
so look around and save hundreds of dollars just by using boxes that have
already been used.
Have a Sale
You've probably collected quite a bit
over the years, which means that you have a lot of stuff to move to your new
home. As you prepare for moving day, however, if you go through this stuff and
weed out the things you don't use, you can have a quick garage sale before the
big day. Not only will you save money because your shipment will weigh less,
but you'll make money in the process.
Consider the Post Office
As mentioned before, movers often charge
based on the weight of your shipment. Sometimes you can stand to save quite a
bit of money if you choose to send your heaviest items, such as boxes of books,
to your new home via options like the USPS's Media Mail rather than letting the
movers take these things for you.
Move Off Season
One of the best ways to save money
involves hiring moving companies to relocate your things during their off
season. When you choose to move off season, you not only get the benefit of not
having to worry about when the movers will be available, but you'll be able to
get the discounted rates that are associated with winter, late fall, and early
spring. The price difference is something you'll easily see when you get quotes from moving companies for these times of the year.
The best way to save money when moving
is to get organized early on in the process, and stay that way throughout.
Don't rush to get things done and don't lose important paperwork. Being
organized means that you will always know what you owe, what you are shipping,
and what your rights and responsibilities are and will be throughout your move,
giving you an edge when little problems crop up.