How to Keep Your Moving Costs Down

Professional movers taking boxes out of a truckMoving long distances can open up new opportunities for you. You can start fresh and have exciting times ahead. The trick is getting there in one piece at the lowest cost. Cross-country moving quotes can be high even in the best of circumstances. They will be even higher if you make these common mistakes.

Moving in the Summer

Most people schedule moving long distances in the summer months. This may be practical for your schedule because school is out. You’ll be able to focus on packing, moving, and settling into your new home without worrying about missing school.

However, you’re competing for movers with other people thinking the same thing. You can get better quotes if you move somewhere in late September to early May and keep flexible dates. It’s also important not to rush booking your mover. Make time to get quotes from several companies so you can get the best deal.

Bringing Everything with You

Chances are you have a lot of stuff. People tend to accumulate things over the years, and packing them all up can be stressful as well as expensive. You may want to get rid of some of the things you no longer use. Either sell them, give them away, or dispose of them. This will lighten the load for the move, which translates to lower moving costs.

Doing the Packing Yourself

Unless you’re very organized, doing the packing yourself will take you a long time. In the end, you’ll probably end up damaging a lot of your stuff. If you do have to bring everything, have a professional pack them up for you. You have to pay per hour, but the fee includes packing materials. The typical fee is $145 an hour for three workers, and they can pack a three-bedroom house expertly in about eight hours. The same job would have taken you days to do.

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You can keep your moving costs low if you avoid common mistakes many people make when moving long distances. Make sure you have enough time to do what you have to do to make that happen. It will make the move more affordable and pleasant.