Moving isn’t something most people look forward to; it can be both a hassle and a big hit to the wallet. People time and time again make the same mistakes regarding their move and often end up paying for it, whether it’s in time, money, or stress. The process, however, doesn’t have to be difficult if people avoid moving mistakes and take some simple steps to save some money.
Throw Away Unnecessary Items
Everyone has items piled up in their house or apartment that they don’t need any longer. Packing those things up and moving them along with the rest of the house is a big mistake. Prices for moving are often determined by the weight of the load, so there’s no better time to lighten up. Not only is moving the unnecessary junk a waste of money, it makes the unpacking process a huge headache. The best piece of advice is to get rid of it. Throw all those unnecessary items away or, better yet, have a garage sale, recycle or donate the items you no longer need.
Rent a Storage Unit
Renting a storage pod is a simple way to cut costs and a good way to incorporate a bit of DIY into the move. The storage unit company simply drops off the unit at the desired location, at which point the client can take their time loading it up at their convenience. When they’re done, the company picks up the unit and delivers it to the new location. It’s a great way to balance low cost with a low-hassle moving process and convenience.
Get the Right Timing
The price of moving changes during different times of the year. Moving tends to be most expensive at the beginning and end of the month as a natural extension of when leases tend to end. Certain times of the year, like the late spring and summer months, also tend to be busier and many movers get booked early. Taking plenty of time to plan for when to make the move is important so that everything will be ready and packed up, the house cleaned, and any necessary arrangements made. Allowing for plenty of time in the moving process is one of the best ways to keep things under control and stress free.
Research & Get Quotes
Moving isn’t simply throwing all the boxes into the truck and getting happily on one’s way. One of the mistakes many people make is forgetting to do thorough research on legitimate professional movers. Making sure to get a licensed mover with experience who can do the job efficiently isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Don’t just settle for the first company that comes along, either. Take the time to compare movers, getting price estimates from each one, and finding out if the contract is binding or not. Pricing is determined by many different factors including the distance being moved and the size of the house, and a company may even charge special add-on fees for additional services if they run into something unexpected. Getting all the details in place and letting the company know about them and shopping around is the best way to get the cheapest price.