Not only is the act of moving stressful, but it can be pretty expensive as well. Many people want to save as much money as they can when they move, but it can be hard to justify cutting corners when you’re dealing with some of your most precious items. However, there are still several ways that you can save a bit of money if you’re planning on moving soon.
One of the easiest ways to save a bit of money on moving is to downsize your stuff. Getting rid of some of the stuff you never use or won’t need in your new home can save a lot of truck space, which will ultimately save you some money.
Additionally, you can use a website like craigslist.org as a sort of “storage system.” Take stock of the furniture you don’t necessarily need, you don’t necessarily want to keep or that isn’t sentimental to you and sell it on Craigslist. When you move to your new location, check the classifieds and the Craigslist postings for the city. The idea is that you should be able to find similar furniture of a similar quality to refurnish your home. However, this is not always guaranteed to happen, which can leave you furniture-less if you can’t find anything to your liking!
Moving is also usually cheaper if you do it yourself. Although driving a U-Haul can be nerve-wracking for some people, the amount of money you save by packing and loading the truck, driving the truck and unloading the truck by yourself can be significant.
It’s also easy to cut your costs on boxes. Before you go out and buy new boxes from a moving or a shipping company, try to obtain some free boxes first. Ask your friends and neighbors if they have any spare boxes you can use. If that fails, try Craigslist or Freecycle. You can see if anyone is trying to unload empty boxes, or you can put in a request for boxes of various sizes. Try your local stores as well. Some stores might give you boxes if you ask nicely!
Be sure to do some research to find out which moving services are cheapest. Moving quotes can vastly vary between companies, so it pays to call around and ask for estimates. Unfortunately, there seems to be no handy online tool for moving quotes, so you’ll have to request information the old-fashioned way. However, it will be worth it in the end as you can potentially save hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Certain moving companies offer packers and packaging with their trucks, especially regional or local companies. These package deals can often help you save money, especially if you don’t have the time to pack yourself or if you are having problems sourcing free boxes.
An added bonus is that some moving expenses can be deducted. If you’ve liquidated several of your items by donating them to charity, you can write that donation off as long as you have an itemized receipt. If you are moving because you are changing jobs or are being asked to move to a new branch, expenses like meals, transportation costs and lodging can be deductible. Save your receipts and talk with a tax expert to find out what you might qualify for.
Elizabeth Adam’s passion for DIY projects, traveling and architecture has allowed her to pursue a career in writing. She currently writes for a Homeowners Insurance Online website.”
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