Tips for Saving Money on a Long-Distance Move
Let’s face it: moving to a new house is an expensive, headache inducing chore. It’s made far worse when the move is long-distance. It’s more expensive, and long-distance moves limit your time and resources. If you want to save money, you’ll need to think of your time as a valuable resource. Use it wisely, and you’ll keep your stress to a minimum and your budget in check.
It’s never too early to start planning for a long-distance move. Time is money after all, so be frugal with your time and start the process as soon as possible. One of the first things you can do is research and schedule your moving company.
Not all long-distance moving companies are created equal. You want the safest possible journey for your stuff and affordable pricing. Look for a company that doesn’t just dangle reasonable quotes in front of you like a carrot, only to change the pricing later. North American Van Lines is a long-distance mover that guarantees your estimate. Your quote is your actual cost. It’s not going to change later.
Get Free Boxes
It’s going to take some time to acquire enough boxes to safely pack your entire home. Carrie Kirby, a contributor for Wisebread.com, moved her entire family (plus pets) from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay area. She saved money on her trip by asking for free moving boxes.
“People always say you should collect cardboard boxes from stores, but personally I prefer to use boxes designated for moving,” said Kirby. This is due to the added safety feature moving boxes have, and their size and shape is guaranteed to make moving easier. “We got our boxes at no extra charge by stopping by the office of the moving company we were using – new boxes cost money, but used boxes were free to customers. You can also pick up free moving boxes from people who have just moved. Just post on your local Freecycle group or Craigslist.” The excitement of renting a home/apartment or redecorating can be quickly overshadowed if the budget doesn’t allow enough for expenses, like buying moving boxes!
Preplan Your Shopping Trips
If you’ve got the time, you can save a lot of money. It’s all about knowing when to shop, and having the right coupons to help you. You’re going to need a lot of stuff: cleaning supplies, packing tape, bubble wrap, sharpies, rope, measuring tape, and perhaps some equipment such as a utility cart. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these items, if you’ve got the time to shop wisely.
Start a spreadsheet and build a list of the items you need to purchase. Begin collecting coupons, comparing prices online, and browsing clearance sections both online and in your local stores. Keep a record of what you paid in your spreadsheet because you can always get a refund if an item you paid more for goes on sale.
Choose the Right Time to Move
Like vacations, moving has a peak season and an off-peak season. You can save money and avoid crowds if you move during the off-peak season. “If you can schedule your move somewhere between September and May, you will not only be able to save some money, but will also have a greater choice of available competent movers and convenient moving dates,” reports moving industry professional Jessica Ryan. She says that be moving during the off-season, you can save as much as 25 percent.
When it comes to a long-distance move, every penny counts so start counting your pennies early. The earlier you begin the process, the more you’ll save in the long run. The more freedom you’ll have, and the more time to prepare yourself for the challenges ahead.