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Reduce the Cost of Moving

Reduce the Cost of MovingMany of us know that moving can be incredibly stressful. In order for the move to a new home to go as smoothly as possible, a lot of planning and preparing is required. The to-do lists, the boxes, the labeling: Who wouldn't go a little crazy? The last thing most people want to worry about during such a busy time is the cost of the move itself.

The good news is, it is simple to cut down the financial burden of moving. Here are five easy tips on how:
  1. Clean Out the Clutter.
    Almost all of us are keeping possessions that we do not actually use or need. And considering that the price of the move is usually based on the weight of what you are shipping, it doesn't make sense to bring along anything you aren't planning on keeping long term. Sorting through your attic, garage and closets before packing can save you money, not to mention unpacking time.
  2. Sell Any Items That You Don't Need
    If you live in Vermont and are moving to Florida, it doesn't make much sense to bring your ski gear and parkas. Selling such items locally, or on an internet auction site, will both lighten your load and provide you extra spending money to use while getting settled in. If you don't have the time or energy to sell anything, consider donating the items to a charity auction before you set off. You will be doing someone good, and saving the receipt will help you quality for valuable tax deductions come April.
  3. Compare Quotes from Different Moving Companies
    All moving companies are not created equal. Taking the time to research different companies can save you a lot of money in the long run. Using sites like MovingCompanies.com, you can find quotes from different companies and find services in the areas you are moving from and to. It is also a good idea to get an in-home estimate from a few different companies. This will help them to give you the most accurate estimate possible.
  4. Gather Your Friends and Have a Packing Party
    While packing services that are provided by many moving companies can be tempting, they can also come at a pretty heavy cost, sometimes as much as 25% of the overall price of the move. Packing up an entire house yourself is a daunting task, but with the help of friends and family you can get it done in relatively little time. Packing yourself not only saves you money, but also helps you keep track of where everything is. This will make things easier for you when you arrive.
  5. Time Your Move Accordingly
    It isn't always possible to be choosy about when you are going to move, but if it is, it can save you a lot of money. The demand for movers tends to be at its highest on weekends, the end of the month and in the middle of summer, so asking your moving company to schedule your move away from these peak times can save you up to 30%.
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