Being organized is the best way to save money on your move. But in addition to getting your home and your belongings in order, there are a few other ways that planning ahead can help prevent overpaying for your move. Here are 7 money saving moving tips to keep in mind as you start your journey to a new home!
- A Pound Shaved is a Penny Saved
Since most long distance movers charge based on both pounds and distance, the more stuff you take with you, the more you’re going to pay. Lighten the load a bit by deciding what belongings don’t need to make the trip as you start packing. Whether it’s those old uniforms and textbooks from back in school or the excess holiday decorations that haven’t left the attic in years… it’s time to say goodbye. Consider donating them to your local charity, churches or organizations where they’ll be put to good use!
- Know Your Movers
Don’t slack on your research when looking for the right mover. The unfortunate reality is there are a lot of moving companies who will try to find ways to rip you off, so knowing and comparing your options is crucial to make the best decision for your needs. Most moving companies will send someone to your home to provide a free estimate based on a room to room evaluation, so try to get at least 2-3 quotes. And ask a lot of questions to make sure you won’t end up with surprise fees along the way.
- Don’t Pay for Free Supplies
Simple moving supplies like boxes, tape and bubble wrap can add up if you buy them from a retail store. Free is always better, so take a look at sites like Craigslist or Freecycle to see what’s being given away. You can also check your local grocery or liquor store. The sooner you start planning your move, the more time you’ll have to collect supplies.
You can also get creative by utilizing what you already have. Original packaging can help you transport breakable electronics safely, while old blankets and towels just sitting in your linen closet can be great for protecting delicate furniture in your travels before getting tossed.
- Insure Your Stuff
It’s common for most homeowners and renters policies to cover certain damage during a move, so start by looking into your current policy. A lot of the time, these damages are only covered as a result of unusual circumstances like fire or theft, so when it comes to breakage, you’ll need to talk to your insurance company or moving company about movers insurance. Typically, there are two types of coverage: released value protection and full value.
With full value insurance, you receive the most comprehensive type of protection as it covers any damage done to your property during the entire moving process. Released value coverage offers protection against damage based on the weight of your items. Companies will pay 60 cents per pound for any item damaged or lost during the move. For small, yet valuable antiques and electronics that don’t weigh very much, this type of coverage isn’t ideal, so it’s important to know the differences.
- Keep Good Records
A great way to protect yourself and your items during your move is by keeping good records. In the unfortunate occurrence you have to file a claim against your movers, you’ll want to be prepared. Take photos or video of all your belongings before they go into boxes and keep all your moving expenses on file and organized.
- Consider Tax Deductions
The other benefit to organizing these expenses is it’ll be easier to take advantage of tax deductions. If your move is related to work, it’s likely to be tax deductible, while all items you set aside as you declutter your current home can be donated for a tax deduction as well. For more details on expenses that qualify, see the IRS Publication 521.
- Try to be Flexible
If your moving timeline isn’t binding, consider planning your move when there’s less demand. This includes midweek and mid-month moves, while avoiding holidays and summer time when an increase in people moving means an inflation in moving prices. Also keep in mind that extremely hot or cold moving months can increase the risk of damage to your belongings in transport. By planning ahead, you’ll have the best chance to secure the best moving date for you.
Moving can be overwhelming, and the last thing you want is to pay more for it than you have. If you have any questions about your specific moving situation or would like a free quote, contact our friendly team of moving experts today!