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Finding the cheapest way to move depends on several factors, but keep in mind, sometimes saving money can mean more work for you. Things to think about are:
- How far are you moving?
- How much stuff are you taking?
- Are you going to hire a moving company or do it yourself?
Keeping costs in check starts with making a budget. Read "Managing Your Moving Expenses" for more information. The cheapest way to move may mean you:
- Enlist the help of friends with trucks or large vehicles.
- Pack everything yourself.
- Use free boxes and other supplies.
- Move only what you need, or decide what you want to move and what can just be replaced.
- Move in stages, using storage until you can move everything.
Hiring a Moving Company
If you don't have the time or ability to move yourself, you can hire a moving company to do the work for you. Moving companies can sometimes be the cheapest way to move. They do it all, from loading the truck to driving to your new destination. And they usually charge one flat fee based on the job you want done.
Moving Company Secrets
Moving companies may charge more to move on weekends and during the summer. You can save up to 50% by scheduling your move in the off-season and on weekdays. Also remember, everything is negotiable, so there's nothing wrong with talking to the mover about your budget and asking them for help in keeping your costs down.
The cheapest way to move for you may be doing the work yourself. Again, it depends on your circumstances. If you don't have that far to go or don't have much to carry, consider renting a small truck or van. If you don't want to hire a moving company, you can save money by shipping your furniture as freight. For a bigger move, you can rent a mid-sized to large truck and make it in one go.
Fun Can Mean Savings
For a fun get-together and a way to make moving cheaper, you can gather some friends and have a packing party. Tell each guest to bring a supply, like a roll of tape or some newspaper. Offer snacks and some upbeat music for a festive atmosphere.
Consider Moving Insurance
Moving insurance is simply insuring your household goods against the possibility of loss or damage while being moved. Moving companies are only responsible for a small portion of damaged items. If you have valuables or other treasures, moving insurance may be worth it in case of an accident.
Finding the cheapest way to move really depends on where you are moving and how much you are taking with you, but make sure you get a few things set up before making the trip.
Setting up your utilities before arriving makes settling in much easier, too.
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