By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Are you moving into your dream home in the near future? Or are you relocating your offices to a new town or location? Regardless of the situation, it will help to consider how to save on moving costs. Most companies and homebuyers focus all their attention on the new property, and they tend overlook certain expenses.
For starters, have you considered whether the new property will need renovation or improvement? Are there any closing costs associated with the new property? These expenses make it a necessity to save as much as you can during the physical move. Luckily, here are a few tips to help you cut down on moving costs.
1. Purge What You Don't Need
Not every item in your home or office should make the trip. Ensure you carefully examine every piece of property to get rid of what you don't need. Sort all items by the frequency of use and when you last used them. Do not pack what you don't need.
Do you need all those chairs and desks in storage? What about the old clothes in your closet? Consider selling all the stuff you don't need or donate them to charity. You can also find unused and unneeded articles in your kitchen, closets, or bathroom. Selling some of these items will give you a few extra bucks that you can use toward your moving expenses.
2. Pack What You Can Yourself
Are you making a long-distance or local move? How much stuff do you need to pack? All these questions will dictate the cost of packing. However, you can always cut down on costs by boxing some items yourself. Letting a moving company handle all the packing will significantly increase costs.
3. Get Several Quotes from Professional Movers
Call and ask around for quotes from professional moving companies. Clearly outline your moving needs to know what the moving company will charge you for the service. Doing this will help you pick a moving company that fits within your budget. And, as you are looking at your quotes from the various moving companies, make sure to read the fine print and understand what is and what isn’t included in the estimate.
4. Carefully Consider Your Utility Shut-Off Dates
Most people get too preoccupied with the move that they forget one vital aspect — the utilities. If you don't schedule a shut-off date, you end up paying for extras in the following month. There is nothing more frustrating than having to pay utility bills for two separate properties.
Plan start-up and shut-off dates that match with the day of your move. For example, garbage service should end the moment you move out. Think of each utility service and when you want it to end at the old place or start at the new destination.
5. Put a Lot of Thought into Moving Old or Heavy Appliances
Almost every home or office contains old or heavy appliances. Moving these appliances is tricky, especially when they are not in good shape. Appliances nearing their lifecycle end may not survive the trip, especially if it is a long-distance move.
Moving a washer or fridge that is barely functional, for example, may not be cost effective. You end up using a lot of effort and space for an appliance that may not get to your destination in working order. Instead, consider replacing the old piece of equipment when you get to the new property.
Get Professional Help
Although moving can be stressful, a change of environment can get you the relief you need. Hiring professional movers can make the entire move seamless and exciting, thus ensuring you start on the right foot. At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we have a team of professionals that are ready to help. Request a free quote today to get to wherever you are going in style.
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