easy to get nickel-and-dimed with moving expenses if youâ€™re not paying
attention. Thatâ€™s why taking some time to plan ahead is so crucial. Here are
some things you can do to save hundreds of dollars, or even thousands, in the
Get free moving boxes.
local businesses and ask a manager if they can give you shipping
boxes that would otherwise end up in the dumpster. Many stores selling dry
goods (bookstores, electronics stores, clothing retailers, grocery stores, etc.)
receive a truckload of sturdy boxes at least weekly.Â
you must buy boxes, go to the store to get them. Moving companies can charge up to $50 each
for some types of boxes!Â But many
companies also provide those same boxes free if they actually pack for you.Â The cost of packing might well be offset by
the free boxes if you had to pay for them.
Get free packing materials.
family, friends and neighbors for newspapers, cardboard and air packs or
packing peanuts left over from personal deliveries. All can be used to cushion
your breakables and make your moving experience free from mishaps (like cracked
stemware). Most folks will be happy to put these things aside for you â€¦ and
recycling is almost always better than throwing things in the trash.
Comparison shop your moving company.
moving companies and checking costs against what services are included can
ensure youâ€™re getting the most for your money. In addition, word-of-mouth
referrals are among the most reliable sources for helping to narrow your
selection down to a few good choices.Â
Ask for company references and check with past patrons for their
assessment of their moving experiences.
Decide what large items to haul, which
to sell, and which to trash.
youâ€™ve priced moving companies, you can make decisions about your heavy items.
Depending on the per pound price quoted by the movers, it might actually save
you money to replace some of those larger pieces rather than moving them. That
may be great news for those who enjoy redecorating or desperately need to
update hand-me-down furniture!
youâ€™ve determined what is not worth hauling, you can consider holding a moving
sale or listing the items individually in the classifieds or on Craigslist. The
sale profits can be used to purchase some new pieces for your
there are items that simply wonâ€™t sell and arenâ€™t worth hauling, you can also
consider donating those things to womenâ€™s shelters, thrift stores, churches,
college kids, etc. Â These donations may
also provide you tax deductions.
small steps will take mere minutes. But, youâ€™ll be glad you planned ahead when
you have some extra cash to spend feathering your
new nest!Â Â If I can assist you in
making that move from your current location to your new dream home,
let me know and
Iâ€™ll be happy to prepare a customize plan tailored to your precise situation!
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