Relocating can be taxing—and expensive. You incur expenses at every step, from packing to loading and delivering to unloading. That may be so, but careful planning can help you reduce your moving cost substantially. In this post, we’ll discuss some smart tips that help you save money during moving.
So, let’s start.
- Plan your move and ascertain the actual moving cost
Failing to plan is planning to fail. This age-old advice applies aptly to moving as well. If you don’t plan the move carefully, you are likely to spend a lot more than necessary. Therefore, first ascertain the things on which you’ll need to spend. Next, calculate the total amount that you’ll need to spend to move. In case the total expense exceeds your budget, you’ll need to eliminate a few things. If you are planning to hire a professional moving company—which is always a great idea—don’t just approach one provider. Approach 3-4 providers and take a quote from each one. Then compare different plans to decide which one is offering the best value for money.
- Save money by not hiring a professional team—Not advisable though
If you believe that the cost of hiring a professional team will make your budget go overboard, you can consider roping in your family and friends for your cause. However, you must know that this is not the best way to go about the things. While you can save money by asking your loved ones to contribute to your cause, the whole thing can cause a lot of inconvenience to you and your close ones. There’s also an increased risk of injury because, let’s face it, moving stuff is a specialist’s job. What’s more, you might end up damaging certain valuables while moving them yourselves, negating any monetary advantage that you might gain by not hiring professional movers. You can also save money when you hire a professional moving team. Ask for a plan that includes only those things that you need. For instance, if you have enough boxes at home and can do packing yourself, you can hire a moving company for only loading, delivery, and unloading. Similarly, you can save money by not picking an odd time of the day for your house moving.
- Do the packing yourself
If you request the moving specialists to take care of the packing, of course, they’ll do a great job. They would use the best packing materials, like bubble-wraps and even eco-green boxes, to ensure your items remain safe during the move. While all this is good, you can also do without these things and in turn, save a good amount. Packing is something that you can do yourself with the help of one or two friends. The first thing you need to do is collect usable boxes. Start with your store as you might have a few lying there. You can also get sustainable cartons from the market at the most reasonable prices. For packing glass and other delicate items, use towels and sheets, instead of bubble-wraps. They are just as effective as bubble-wraps in keeping your valuables safe but don’t cost you a thing. Other things like tapes and ribbons can also be purchased from the market. None of these things are expensive. Therefore, by getting the packing materials and doing the packing yourself, you can easily manage to save a lot of money.
- Save on insurance
This is something you’ll have to take a call on. Insurance does ease your mind, as you know in case of mishap, you’ll not have to bear the extra costs. However, insurance mightn’t be necessary in all cases. Therefore, think about this before hiring a moving company. Even when you decide to take insurance, first talk to the moving company to learn about the options available to you. A moving company typically offers many different insurance plans, but if you don’t ask them about this, they might give you the most expensive insurance plan, which you mightn’t need.
- Save on the removal truck
The bigger the size of the removal truck, the more you’ll have to pay for this service. Therefore, learn about different price plans and pick the one that’s suitable for your needs. There’s no point in hiring a full-size truck when all your stuff can come in a regular van.
With help of these tips, you can save a substantial amount of money on your next move. While simple, all of these are very effective at helping you cut your moving cost. As said above, it all boils down to careful planning. Start planning for your move well in advance to give yourself time to think about every aspect of moving. Careful planning will also give you much peace of mind and make sure you don’t encounter any nasty surprises on the move day.