Moving, especially long-distance moves, is nearly always expensive. To take your entire life to a new place, can set you back a few thousand dollars. On the other hand, you can reduce the amount it costs with some clever planning.
We are going to take a look at seven affordable ways to move without breaking the bank.
- Take Only What You Need
The biggest cost of moving is the moving truck and the people to handle it all. The more stuff you have the more you pay. It is perfectly logical. Take only what you need when you move and leave the rest behind. This can mean the difference between one medium-sized moving truck and a fleet of vehicles cruising down the highway.
“Some people end up moving items they never use anymore. As a general rule of thumb if you haven’t used it in the past year get rid of it prior to your move,” explains Matt McCabe of Houston Movers.org
- Offset the Costs
What you do not leave behind does not have to be taken to the dump. Affordability is about what you are spending overall. It does not matter if you spend a thousand dollars but make nine-hundred dollars back.
Adhere to this principle by taking anything you do not need and selling it. This requires some forethought and a lot of preparation, but it is worth it. Here are some of the places you can sell some of your old stuff:
- Start a yard sale.
- Go online and open a seller account on eBay and Amazon.
- Advertise locally. Craigslist and local Facebook groups are great avenues for this.
- Shop Around with the Right Company
There are companies that specialize in moving. Do not pick the first company you see. Ask for a quote and then shop around to see who will give you the best deal. Weigh up the pros and cons of each company and what they are offering.
Nevertheless, do not opt for a low-quality moving company to save a few bucks. It does not matter how much money you save if half your stuff is damaged along the way.
- Invest in Free Moving Supplies
Leave everything to the last minute and you will have to pay for moving boxes and packaging, for packaging I recommend cardboard removal boxes. However, if you plan far enough in advance you can pick up all this stuff for free by gradually hoarding whatever you can get. They may seem like small savings, but every little bit helps.
- Choose the Cheapest Way to Move
A standard house move requires a trailer and truck to move heavy antique furniture, but if you are the sort of person who does not have much to take with you, or you are starting again, there are better options.
Traveling light and shipping your items can turn out to be cheaper. However, if you are starting a new life the cheapest way to travel is to go by bus or train. As long as you are carrying no more than 150 pounds’ worth of items this is easily the cheapest way of doing it.
- DON’T Cash in a Favor
Cashing in a favor is a common way for people to save money, but it is not as profitable as they might think. This involves simply asking that friend with the large truck to let you borrow it for the weekend.
However, studies demonstrate that those who cash in a favor instead of hiring professionals actually spend more than they would have otherwise. The reason for this is because you are paying for gas, you are paying for motel rooms, and you may be even paying for additional vehicles.
In addition, there are no guarantees as to the quality of the move. Professionals gain their reputations for a reason.
- Plan Your Sleep
This is a cost that so many people forget to take into account. If you have to travel over multiple days, you need a place to crash. If you try to do this at the last second, you will have to deal with whatever motel or hotel you come across.
Not comparing costs and not planning your trip accordingly when it comes to this can lead to you losing out on a few hundred dollars, especially over longer distances or when you are also taking a family.
As you can see, planning is the key to success here. If you can prepare for your move far in advance, you have the chance to save a ton.