It is time to move, but we know how can it be expensive. You have to pay everything. The bills are just coming and coming. Every penny is important in this case. For some changes in a new house, paperwork, real estate agent etc. You have to save money. For example, you can cut moving costs. Do not be afraid to move. Calculate your budget and start to pack. We have some tips and tricks how you can save a money. So, let’s begin.
Transport your belongings by yourself
The best and cheapest solution is to do it yourself. If you have experience and a truck you can do it. Or you can also rent a truck. Ask some of your friends and family members to help you with packing and to get heavy things out of the house such as furniture, a hot tub, washing machine and other heavy items. Pack like a pro and the costs will be minimal. The bad side of this solution is if you break something, nothing will happen. But, if the moving company break something they will pay for it. If you do not have experience, we do not recommend it. Moving fragile items can be so difficult. It’s more likely that the items will be damaged or broken.
Hire a moving company and cut moving costs at the same time
This is a safer solution. But, it will have some costs. The question is how to how to reduce costs? There are some tricks how you can do it. On the other hand, it will be much easier for you if you hire a moving company. A good and reliable moving company has insurance, so you will not be at a loss and if something breaks. Here we have some tips and tricks how to save money and have someone to transport your furniture.
#1 Set the timing
If it is possible, avoid moving during peak times and you will save extra expenses. The end of the month is busier for movers. So, try to avoid that period if you can. Also, avoid scheduling your move during the summer months. In the summer, families with children are moving, because they are not in school.
#2 Move the things you will really need in the new home
If you do not need it, do not move it. Moving companies base their prices on what you are shipping. About 20-30 percent of the total transport.
#3 Get at least three estimates
When we talk about moving costs, you should call few moving companies and see how much it will cost you. Call at least three moving companies. Ask them to come and evaluate, then compare the bids. But, be careful if the deposit is too little, check the company again.
#4 Clean the freezer
Cook everything you have in the freezer and refrigerator. Do not go out to eat if you have a full freezer. Be creative and use frozen food to prepare your meal. Frozen foods cannot be transported, and canned goods just add to the weight. So, you can cut moving costs and eat well.
#5 The Internal Revenue Service, IRS
Notify the Internal Revenue Service about your change of address, because the post office is unable to deliver a lot of tax refund checks. You can do it online and fill out the form on the site (form 8822). Also, contact the IRS for any other information you have about your move.
#6 Hidden moving costs
Ask questions about hidden moving costs. There are almost always some hidden costs. To be sure, ask them and read the contract well. Also, ask if they will charge you for carrying heavy stuff, stairs, waiting or repacking.
#7 Save all the receipts
Remember, you can save money after your big move. You can deduct the cost of packing, transporting and storing your household goods from next year’s tax return if you relocated for a new full-time job at least 50 miles. Also, collect your deposits.
What is better than saving? Of course, earning! Sell the things you do not need. The things you cannot sell, give them to charity. And when you do that ask for a receipt so you can document it on your income tax return. This is a great way to get rid of old stuff. Here’s how you can make money:
- Yard (garage) sale – Organize a yard sale. Not only you can cut moving costs this way, also you can make some money. Negotiate with buyers and you will have a successful moving sale.
- Put things on the ad – The internet gives you the opportunity to sell items you do not need anymore. Describe your item and include a photo to increase your chances of selling.
- Use social networks – Use your Facebook or Instagram profile to inform people. Post a photo or facebook status that you are selling your things.
You can cut moving costs in many different ways. Just be creative. The key is to have to have the right information. Moving is expensive of course, but it is not a reason not to move. People are moving every day. Explore the world, be free, look for a new job, meet new friends. Find a reliable moving company or do it yourself. Anyway, moving can bring you a lot of opportunities. Be brave, save money and good luck.