Moving to a new home can be an exciting time! It can also become a costly endeavor, whether it’s locally, or long distance to the other side of the country. Knowing how to cut your moving costs can keep the price down, and at the same time be an enjoyable experience.
Before you begin packing, declutter your home. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you don’t need. It’s also an opportunity to leave some of the larger furniture behind. Think about how you would like your new home to be furnished. Items not being moved can be donated, given to friends and family, or anything of value can be sold. Lighting your load will really have an impact on the price you pay to transport your belongings to your new home.
Obtain estimates from at least three different moving companies and compare quotes. It’s very important to review each company to see what is being offered. Beware of any quote that is priced very low.
Doing your own packing and gathering packing supplies can keep the cost of moving down. Many household items, such as linens and clothing can be used to protect your items, and as padding for boxes. This will save on purchasing paper filling, and keep the number of boxes down. With an online search, used packing materials can be found locally.
Another way to cut costs is to have flexibility with your moving date. Certain times of the year, and times of the month cost less.
Screening Moving Companies
Moving home can often require having to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, either locally or across the country. Naturally, you want to be guaranteed that the company you hire will provide the best service possible.
To choose the right moving company for your move, it’s a good idea to screen any company you are considering. As the moving industry continues to grow, unfortunately, moving scams do occasionally happen. To avoid hiring a fraudulent moving company and being a victim of a scam, check each company thoroughly! Start by finding moving companies that service your area and are able to deliver to your new destination. Friends, family, coworkers or the Internet are good places to get recommendations.
Look at the website of each moving company for professionalism and services offered. Any reputable moving company will have their DOT number available. Check licensing and insurance of all the companies you are considering. Read customer reviews and check company ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Once you have done your research, eliminate any company that is not satisfactory. Speaking with the moving companies you have shortlisted, and receiving written estimates is the next process in screening the moving companies you’re thinking of hiring. Ask as many questions as needed to make sure you understand was your move involves.