This is a collaborative post.
Moving from one home to the next is always a stressful experience. This is especially
true if you have to deal with a long-distance or cross-country move. One concern that
many people have with long-distance moves is that they will end up incurring a lot of
costs that are tough to overcome. While there will pretty much always be costs
associated with moving long distances, there are several ways in which you can save
money from your total costs.
Have a Plan
When it comes to moving from one home to the next, the best thing you need to do is
have a plan and a budget. Many people end up spending more money than they need
to because they are not prepared for the little, unexpected costs that pop up and pile up.
As you are getting closer to your move, you should spend time properly considering
all of your needs, including supplies (boxes, tape, padding, bungee cords, etc.), a proper
sized truck, labour help, and time needed to pack and move and unpack. This will help you
to better budget and shop around with accuracy.
Get Rid of Clutter
If you are moving into a new home, you should take it as a great opportunity to get rid of
furniture, clothes, and other personal items that you do not need anymore. You could
get rid of these items by either selling them online or through a garage sale or by getting
a tax deduction through a charitable donation. This will help you to raise extra cash for
your move while also getting rid of unnecessary clutter, which can help free up space
and reduce your moving costs.
Hire a Moving Company
While most people often think that hiring a moving company will be expensive, it
actually can save you a lot of money compared to DIY. Between all of the money you’ll
need to spend on supplies, renting a truck, and finding people to help you move, plus
any damages that occur, the true cost of moving can be quite pricey if you do it on your
own. However, when you hire a long distance moving company you will be able to
receive all of the services that you need in one consolidated package, which could help
to save you a lot of money.
Book in Advance
If you are looking to save money on moving, another thing that you could do would be to
book your mover in advance (remember, preparation is key). Moving companies tend to
fill up their schedules in the weeks leading up to the move. Because of this, if you wait
to book your move, the moving companies will either not be able to provide you with service or will have to charge you a higher rate. If you book in advance you will be more likely to save money off of the total costs.
Finally, when it comes to your moving costs, you should also consider whether or not
you can deduct the costs. If you are moving for professional reasons, you are often able
to deduct all costs associated with your move from your state, federal, and local taxes.
This could end up helping you to save hundreds or thousands of dollars off of your total
tax bill at the end of the year.