One of the unavoidable parts of being a Bannock County renter is that you will need to move house sooner or later. And sadly, moving can be not only time-consuming but expensive, particularly if you are moving a great distance away or want to hire people to help you. The good news is that there are things you can do to save money during your move to help keep those costs down. With additional planning and a some insider know-how, these money-saving tips might help make your next relocation a bit more affordable.
1. Donate, Toss, or Sell Unwanted Items
One ideal approach to making your next move faster and less expensive is to decrease the amount of stuff you want to bring with you. This is particularly imperative if you are moving a long distance, but it may also be a money-saver even if you are only moving a few miles away. Take the opportunity to go through your belongings and select what to donate, throw out, or sell. It may also benefit you to sell items you no longer want or need at a yard sale. This can both lighten the load and add a little extra cash in your pocket at once.
2. Plan Ahead
Preferably, consider planning your move as ahead of schedule as possible. Waiting to try and schedule a moving truck or helpers at the last minute will possibly cost you more because your options will be restricted. You can also start planning your move by creating a system for packing each room. Some items can be packed months ahead of a move, and the entire boxes must be clearly labeled according to contents and which room they belong in. Everything you can do to speed up your move will almost always save you money on moving day.
3. Start Gathering Supplies ASAP
One more approach to save money during a move is to collect and utilize as much free packing material as possible. However, obtaining free packing supplies can require effort, so it’s necessary to begin collecting boxes and other supplies as soon as possible. Inspect local classifieds for individuals disposing of moving boxes, or inquire with local stores if they’ll give you some for free.
4. Move During the Week
Preferably, plan your move for a day or season outside of peak demand. For instance, hiring a moving company for a weekend or during the summer will cost more since demand is high. Alternatively, the same movers may quote you a lower rate for moving on a weekday or during the off-season. The same might be true if you choose to rent a truck and do it yourself. While it’s not usually feasible to choose your moving date, it can save you a lot of money if you have that alternative.
5. Hire the Right Movers
If you choose to hire movers to help you, it’s necessary to shop around and compare rates. There is no set fee for moving, and even moving companies that appear to provide the same services might cost very different rates. However, the cheapest option isn’t usually the best, either. Don’t forget to inspect the company’s customer reviews online and request recommendations from friends and neighbors.
Employing a quality mover is a great approach to save money because their staff should be well-trained and efficient. Unscrupulous movers may dangle a great rate and then charge by the hour and drag out the move significantly longer than it would compared to others. To keep away from the chance of being exploited this way, ask about fixed-rate options.
6. Divide and Conquer
You can make the most of the movers you hire if you are well-prepared and organized on moving day itself. If you are moving to a new place nearby, try to move as many of the boxes and small items yourself as you can. It makes sense: if your movers only need to focus on moving your furniture, the move will take less time and probably cost less, too.
The more time the movers spend on packing, loading, and unloading your things, the more likely you’ll end up spending far more than you wanted to on your move. So have everything boxed and ready to go before the movers arrive!
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