FINANCIAL SIDE OF MOVING
How do I move on a budget?
-> How to save on a moveJan 08, 23:58
Question by desert.rain (desert.rain)
I'm looking to move about 1,400 miles and I'm on a tight budget. I only have about one bedroom worth of stuff to move, but I also need to bring a car with me. I've shopped around for truck rentals but they seem too expensive for what I'm moving (about $2000). Is there a cheaper way to move?
Jan 19, 21:58
Answer by henry (Henry Peterson)
Moving can be expensive but there are many things that you can do to save. Here are some of our tips on how to save and make the moving experience cheaper:
Many movers will offer you packing
and unpacking services, which may seem like a good deal. But, why pay
for something you can do yourself. To save yourself some cash, try to do
all the packing yourself. Just make sure you ask your moving company if
they have any particular guidelines when it comes packing and moving boxes, or
they may refuse to move your things which are shoddily packed or do not
meet their standards.
Use Recycled Boxes.
For your things that are
non-breakable, you may want to use old boxes. Start collecting them a
few weeks before your move, or check with your local shops or
supermarkets for boxes they’re glad to get rid of. You can put in things
like books, towels, utensils, etc that won’t easily break, rather than
buying brand new boxes which you’ll just throw away when you unpack. If
you need something a little sturdier than old boxes, try to rent plastic
crates, which are stronger and better for your breakables. Instead of
buying packing material, use old newspapers or even your sheets and
towels as cushioning.
There are also
many options to do the move yourself. You can rent a truck yourself and
do all your moving by yourself. Better yet, borrow a truck from a
friend, that way all you need to pay for is gas (and maybe a pizza or
two and beer if you can get your friends to help you move.)
If you’re moving because of work,
negotiate a moving package with your company to cover part or all of
your moves. You should be entitled to some sort of compensation if your
company forces you to relocated to another area. If you do pay for your
own move, don’t forget to deduct it from your taxes. That way you can
fully get the benefits of moving.
Good luck with your move,
Henry Peterson @ MovingAnswers.org Follow us on Twitter for valuable tips on making your move easier!
Need a Mover?
Moving Quotes - START HERE:
Rate this Answer
DISCLAIMER: The information (answers) provided by our researchers should be used as recommendatory only, and should not be used (or referred to) as legal substitute for any other information on the subject found elsewhere. MovingAnswers.org do not assume any responsibility for harm or damage resulting from the use of this information in any way. For more information please see our Terms of Service