Easy Ways to Save $1,000 off your Next House Move
Moving can be exciting but it can also be incredibly expensive. The business of moving is actually highly competitive, presenting numerous choices. This is why it is imperative that you interview a minimum of three companies before you decide on a final moving company to use. One of the best places to look for prospects is Angie's List. It's also a good idea to ask friends, family, co-workers and real estate agents to provide you with referrals for reliable movers. Remember when you are comparing movers to compare both costs as well as the services that are provided. Movers today provide a wide range of different services that can range from packing to even disconnecting appliances. Many movers also offer in-transit storage as well. Always make sure you know precisely what is included in all estimates.
The cost to move an average three bedroom home across the country can range from $5,000 to $10,000. You can trim the moving cost by using a few savvy techniques. First, make movers compete against one another for your business. This can often save you at least five hundred dollars. Once you have collected estimates and understand what each mover includes in their prices, show them prices from competitors and then ask for a lower price. Keep in mind, of course, that quality of service is just as important as price. You should always be wary if one company bids a price that is significantly lower than another company.
In addition, you can often save up to $500 if you can be flexible regarding the day and date that you plan to move. Most moves occur during the summer and between Fridays and Mondays. You may find that you are able to obtain a lower price if you move during another time of the year and/or on another day of the week.
Trimming down what you actually move can also help to slash your moving cost as well. Consider selling, donating or simply tossing some of the things you really do not need. Most people do not realize how much they accumulate over the years of living in one place. Moving is a great time to go through your belongings and purge. For the best results you need to be brutal. If you have not used an item within the last year, get rid of it by selling it, donating it or disposing of it in some other manner. Also, remember that it is quite expensive to move furniture and not nearly as expensive to purchase used furniture. Consider selling some of your heaviest furniture items prior to your move and then replacing them once you arrive in your new location. The same goes for clothing.
You can also save money on your moving cost by doing your own packing. Proper packing is important, but you do not need a college degree to figure it out. Pack breakables in newspaper. Dishes should be packed first in paper towel and then in newspaper. The paper towel will prevent the newsprint from being transferred to the dishes while the newspaper provides security and cushioning during the move. Also, make sure you ask your mover is they insure against items being broken in boxes if they didn't pack them. Most do not. If this is a concern for you, allow the moving company to pack any breakable items and then handle the packing of less valuable or more durable items on your own.
Another way to save money is by disconnecting your own appliances. This can save you at least $100. It is not that hard to disconnect computers, appliances and stereos. Even if you cannot do it, you probably know someone who can.
Try packing items that are hard to pack on your own and you may be able to save another couple of hundred dollars. Many moving companies charge an additional fee to pack and move things such as paintings or flat-screen TVs. Try to save room in your vehicle for items that would require special crating.
Finally, avoid the temptation to over-insure on your move. This can save you up to $500 as well. Most movers offer a valuation coverage, which is essentially just insurance that goes above and beyond their liability limits. Of course, this comes at an extra cost. In most instances, this is probably coverage that you really do not even need. Unless you have items that are particularly expensive, you can usually skip the extra coverage.