How to Simplify Moving on a Budget
Let’s face it, moving can be expensive! Many people think the only cost related to moving is the physical move itself. They tend to forget that the closing costs on your new home, real estate fees on your previous house if selling, travel and accommodation costs if necessary make up the majority of moving related expenses.
By contrast, the cost of hiring a moving company is minimal when you consider the big picture. According to a number of surveys, the cost of a full service professional long distance move is only about 20-22% of your overall relocation budget; local moves represent an even smaller percentage. However, the physical move is one area where you have some control over costs, and moving on a budget is possible. There are a number of ways to save money and still have a professional moving company handle things for you.
Moving on a Budget: The Best Ways to Save
Purge Before you Move
One of the best ways to save on a move is not to move items you no longer need or want. When you move long distance, the cost is determined by the total weight of your shipment, so reducing that weight is a no-brainer. On a local move the cost is based on the number of hours it takes to move. A similar logic applies for this as well, less stuff to move means less time to pay for.
Selling Unwanted Items
Go through your entire home and take a close look at your furniture and your other possessions. Many people plan to buy new furniture, televisions and goods for their new home. Why not discard the old furniture and other items before you move? Most of us have more household possessions than we will never use. Don’t pay to move things that will end up stored in the basement or garage of your new home.
Today people are turning to the internet to buy used items. Furniture in good condition generally will fetch a better resale price if you advertise it on sites like Kijiji than if you include it in a traditional garage sale. The same is true for electronics, sporting equipment, collectibles and some clothing items.
Donating Unwanted Items
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of advertising items on an online resale site or hold your own garage sale then donating items is an option. You will be doing a double good deed – making useful items available for those in need and keeping things out of the landfill at the same time. There are a number of organizations who are quite willing to accept donations of furniture, clothing, electronics and general household possessions. However when you do this, remember to be reasonable. Do not donate things that are beyond being useable.
Some organizations who accept donations are:
Reducing Moving Company Costs
Using a professional moving company like Premiere Van Lines will make your move a lot less stressful than trying to do it yourself. When you consider the cost of renting a truck, dollies and other moving equipment along with trying to find family or friends willing to help you have to admit that a “DYI” move will not be very enjoyable. Then factor in the possible damage to your belongings by people who really don’t know what they are doing or the chance of someone getting injured. Hiring a professional moving company is a far better option.
Moving on a budget is still possible. A few ways to save with a professional mover are:
- Doing some or all of your own packing. A Premiere representative can provide you with professional packing tips and can sell you proper packing materials at a reasonable cost. This will ensure that your possessions are properly prepared for transport so they arrive damage free at your new home.
- If you are moving locally, you could consider having the moving company only move the large items. Smaller items and clothing could be move in your own car or van.
- Schedule your move for off-peak period if possible. The hourly rate for local moves is usually less mid-month as opposed to the last few days of the month. For a long distance move the late fall and winter months are considered off season and as a result rates can be lower.
As you can see, moving on a budget is possible with a little bit of advance planning. Want to know more? Contact us today at Premiere Van Lines!