So, you are about to embark on a move. It’s a journey and a process that most people would rather just hand over to the pros, but often, their services can get expensive. To help you avoid accumulating too much debt during the moving process, we are going to give you an inside look at what drives those costs up and some tips for cutting moving costs.
Cutting Moving Costs: Tips & Tricks
Ask Yourself: Will I Ever Unpack this?
Asking yourself this simple question can help you decide if it is worth taking to your new space, or if you should trash it. This will save you the most money in moving costs as moving fewer objects means less time paying your movers. Most people insist on moving everything only to discover that they don’t even want to unpack it. Goodwill is also a great way to donate unwanted items, and sometimes the dump will even have a store for people interested in fixer-upper items. You’d also be surprised at what items you can sell to start paying off debt!
Ask The Right Questions
This could save you hundreds. You probably gave some moving companies information and received several quotes. This is only the beginning of the negotiation. Ask each company if they charge a fixed fee or if there are any additional charges for services that will be required for your move. Also, ask what kind of valuation coverage they offer. If you are moving an office, ask if the corporate relocation consultant and move coordinator are included in the service. The bottom line is to make sure everything is clear and in writing before moving.
Avoid the Weekends
If you can avoid moving on the weekends, you will save quite a bit of money on moving costs as those are the high demand times. The same goes for the holidays. In fact, the least costly times to move are usually after the summer is over.
Plan For Fragile Items
Planning how to pack fragile and expensive items like electronics and office equipment can save you a lot of money since it will have to be replaced if broken. Make sure to ask your moving company if they have handled a similar item to yours (for example, can they move pianos?).
Know Your Rights
When you are selecting a moving company, make sure that you know what kind of insurance they are offering you. They are required to offer either full-value or released-value liability coverage, which offer different amounts of protection. The law guarantees you nine months to file a written claim for lost or damaged items.
You Can Negotiate
Some of us are savvier than others, but it is true that you can negotiate with the moving companies. You are welcome to admit that you have been offered a better price by another company and that you want to know if a price match would be possible. You really have nothing to lose as most companies will want your service. Even if they say no, you are still welcome to pay the full price. Preparing for moving costs allows you to start saving the money and avoid credit card debt.
Pack in an Organized Fashion
Yes, an organization can significantly save you money on moving costs. If the moving company wants to charge you for time, it is important that you have everything where it needs to be so that it can be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Label boxes by the room they will go into in the new facility and try to have them grouped together on the truck. Also, disassemble any furniture to save time. Note: if you do not know how to disassemble furniture than don’t do it. You may end up breaking it and needing to spend more money fixing it. And, if you are resourceful, you may be able to find packing supplies for free. Start by asking around!
Make sure that the boxes are still strong and dry. Using poor packing material will cause you more headache in the long run and will likely cost you as well.
Ship Your Belongings
If you are moving long distance, this is a great alternative to packing it all into a truck. For local moves, you can also move some of the smaller, heavier items in your car. As moving companies sometimes charge by weight, this is a great way to cut costs.
Throw Out Trash
If you have trash sitting around, it’s entirely possible that the moving company will mistake it as items to be moved and will pack it along with your possessions! Not only is this a silly thing to do, but it also will cost you since it takes up valuable space and weight.
Those are the biggest ways to start cutting moving costs. As professional movers, we see it happen all the time. People try to move on a budget and they keep making these same mistakes. Make sure that you plan and hire a trusted moving company. It’s usually cheaper and easier to hire a mover than DIY, but just be informed of the best way to go about it.
Author Bio: As Vice President of Marketing, Brendan Bowie has developed the Guys brand since 1998 when the company operated as a home-based business under a different name. As the company grew, he continued to define the “look & feel” of the brand, designing its marketing and growing the company’s online presence to a household name in the Washington, DC Metro area. “Have Your Guys, Call My Guys!”