After making the costly investment in a new home, the last thing you want to do is spend a penny more than necessary getting all your stuff into it. So, we sought out some expert advice on the subject to help ensure your move goes as economically as possible.
The key to not breaking the bank with you move is proper research and planning.
Here are 5 cost-saving tips.
As you’re preparing to pack and move to a new space, now’s the time to take stock of everything you have and decide if it’s truly necessary to bring to your new home. You shouldn’t go into the process thinking that you need to fill every nook and cranny of your new home with “stuff”. While deciding to get rid of possessions may be overwhelming, taking the time to do it before you move will be worth it in the long-run. Once you’ve decided that it’s time to go through your stuff and get rid of anything you no longer need, the best and easiest way to accomplish this goal is to hold a garage sale. Not only will this allow you to start getting things out of your house while you’re packing, it’ll also help generate a little money in the process. You can then use this money to buy new stuff for your home—or to help offset the cost of the movers you hired to help with the transition.
You might think it's easier and more cost-efficient to have your family and friends help with your next move—wrong. Professional movers are fast, show up on time, bring a truck and tools, and are less likely to break any of your belongings.
When picking your movers, make sure you do your research. Companies that offer white-glove service to their customers will not only guarantee the job will be done correctly, but they will help you with setting up your cable and utilities.
Consider cutting off one of your services such as cable or internet early so you're not paying for an extra month during your move. Remember, some utility companies won't prorate your bill based off your departure date, so check to see if your billing cycle doesn't line up with your moving date. It's probably not smart to cut off the electricity, but you could definitely do without cable for a couple of weeks.
Choose your date wisely. Reports show that the majority of moves occur between May and September, making those five months the highest demand for moving services. Since most moving companies are fully booked during the summer, they won't be as inclined to offer you a low rate. If you can plan your move during the off-season and book your date as early as possible, you'll have more potential cost saving options available.