6 ways to save money on your relocation
Any relocation is expensive, but there are ways to cut costs and save money. These six tips will get you started.
1. Plan early
Finding the right moving company is critical, and planning your relocation early will not only give you plenty of time to research companies, but give you time to declutter. In addition if you’ll be moving in the peak summer months, book a moving company far in advance as slots fill up quickly.
2. Get quotes from more than one moving company
Shop around so you can get a good deal. In the relocation estimates, watch out for differences in valuation coverage, binding versus non-binding estimates, fixed move dates versus flexible windows, pound estimate differences and the cost to you if the estimate is less than the actual.
3. Be flexible with moving dates
Weekends and summer months are busier for moving which results in higher relocation costs. If you can wait until the off season or move during the week, scheduling will be easier and costs will be lower. Also, consider giving a three-to-five day pickup and drop-off window to earn a discount.
4. Minimize damage with good packing techniques
Consider packing your goods yourself to save money, but be sure to learn to pack the right way. Poorly packed boxes can result in damage during the move and losses from damage are possible.
5. Donate belongings you no longer use
When you’re decluttering or packing, set aside clothes, toys and other items you no longer use. Donate these items to charities and local organizations such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Don’t forget to ask for and keep the receipt from your donation which may save you money on your taxes.
6. Consider replacing items as a cost-effective option
Bulky and heavy items may cost extra to move. If you plan to redecorate in your new home and buy new furniture or appliances, consider leaving the old items behind.
Apply these cost savings tips to help make your upcoming relocation a little more affordable and a little less stressful. If you have questions or want to learn more, contact Suddath Relocation Systems or fill out the form.
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