Because of rising fuel costs, the cost of relocation and moving expenses have risen in the past few years. It doesn’t mean you can’t find the right moving company, but we all know you want to somehow save some extra money for the pizza and beer after your move.
Here are simple moving tips that will help you save:
For Every Season: Try to be flexible with your move. Avoid June, July, and August –the most expensive months to move because of demand for full-service moving companies. And try to plan your move during the middle of the month — rates can be higher at the beginning and the end because of the large number of apartment leases with month-end dates.
- Do You Really Need That? Because most long-distance moves are based on the weight of your shipment, evaluate the need to move heavy stuff. Check areas of your home for items that have not been used for a long time and simply get rid of them –why pay for them to be moved to a new place where you won’t use them?
- Pack It Yourself: Packing services performed by the mover are sometimes pricey. And even if you don’t want to pack it all yourself, you can always do a partial pack, and have the moving company handle the rest. For example, items that are non-breakable such as linens and bedding can be packed easily without the risk of damage. Every box you pack yourself is money in your pocket. However, be aware that if you buy insurance for your move, the insurance won’t cover items you pack yourself, unless there’s visible damage to the box.
- Packaging: Luggage and duffel bags are perfect for packing sheets, towels and clothing. Also, the bottoms of wardrobe boxes are great for bulky, lightweight items. Use that space. Be wary of packing tips that might save you money initially but won’t protect your stuff – for example, using newspaper instead of bubble wrap. Sure, it might save a few bucks, but in the end, is breaking something worth it?
- Stock Up: Make sure you have plenty of boxes and materials so you don’t have to keep making trips to buy more. You’ll probably need more than you anticipate, so buy extra. If you’re buying from moving companies, you might be able to return the boxes you don’t use.
- Is There a Disconnect? Movers in Virginia Beach, and in any other area, do not generally disconnect or reconnect appliances such as washers and dryers. It can be costly to have a third-party do it, so if you or someone you know can do it, you can save a lot of money.
- Break It Down: Every service that a professional mover performs will come with an additional cost. If you have items that are located at a storage unit or at another location, you should try to move those items to your home to avoid extra pick-up charges. Most items that need to be disassembled, like beds, can be done by the mover. However, other items such as exercise equipment, outdoor gym and play sets require extra labor, and will cost you more. Whenever possible, disassemble and reassemble this yourself.
- Time is Money: Color-code the boxes according to the room they belong in so they all end up in the same place, saving time for both you and your moving company.