At one time or another in life, there comes a time when we have to pack up our things and move. No matter whether this is out of a family home and on to your own, or packing up a whole family to move across the country, it’s a big deal. A lot of time, planning and money can go into the process. Depending on your circumstances moving can be something that lasts a couple months or something that happens in twenty-four hours. Every move is different and has different tips and tricks for making the process as smooth as possible. Here are a few ways in that if you know ahead of time can save you a lot of money when it’s go time.
Planning Is Key To Saving
Moving is a very emotional time. The more you plan before the move the less decisions you will be making in a very sensitive emotional capacity. Making rash decisions often leads toward spending more money. Acting from a pace of frustration or against the clock often leads to spending more money. If you need Allied Van Lines, try to book it a couple months in advance. Many companies will be booked solid during peak times and prices will change. You will want to compare prices and try to negotiate with companies since there is so much competition.
Pre plan how much vehicle space you will need to transfer your entire household. Often people wait to rent a truck until the last moment. This leads to extended time fees, over mileage fees, and general frustration. Also long before the actual moving day you will want to do the majority of the packing yourself. This is one of the biggest money savers.
Doing It Yourself
This, of course, is the best way to save money on a move. The more you can take care of yourself without having to rent or purchase services the better. This starts with navigating how long the move trip will be, what you will move your things in, what vehicle will be used, and how will you get your things into the new home.
(There will still be some unavoidable fees, such as turning off certain utilities and regaining them in your new space)
Asking friends or family for the right vehicle can save you a lot of money in renting one. You can ask multiple people to help you on moving day so that not as many trips need to be made. If you know someone with a truck or box truck, you are in the most money saving position. The more you ask of friends and family, the better it is to provide drinks, refreshments and food as a way of showing appreciation, and this will be your only moving expense.
If you want to save the most amount of money, start to collect boxes and packing materials in advance. New boxes, plastic bubble wrap, bed covers, furniture padding, and moving blankets can add up very quick. All these things you will also generally get rid of after the move. Finding used boxes from retail stores, recycling bubble wrap and newspaper, and using blankets and towels to pad fragile things can be a great way not to waste more paper and plastic as well as not spend money on materials.
Prepping and planning our your greatest allies when preparing to move and save money. No matter how much you prepare, anticipate something not going as planned and have some money available for these situations. If you do hire people and services, make sure you have cash on hand to tip people. The better you treat those you hire or friends and family the more pleasant the moving experience. This will also have others treating your things more carefully and it won’t cost you in the long run when something precious breaks.