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Jan 08, 23:58
Question by desert.rain (desert.rain)

How do I move on a budget?

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:

Pack and Unpack Yourself.
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.

Move Yourself.
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.)

Legal Moves.
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 @

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