If you are moving long distance, movers will charge based on how much items weigh and the distance you are moving. The more you’re moving, the more you’ll pay. Professional movers can make things easier and more convenient, but moving yourself can be a lot cheaper. However, both ways bring their hassles. Here are some ways you can save some money and reduce your headaches as you make it to your new location.
It is best to begin getting rid of some of your belongings well before it is time to move. See what books and clothes you can donate, what documents can be saved digitally, and what papers can be shredded. Having less stuff to move will be cheaper if you’re hiring a company, or less labor if you’re doing it yourself.
Research Good Companies
If you are going to hire a moving company, make sure you do your homework. Some companies have been known to charge a higher price than they originally quoted before they unpack at your new location, basically holding your belongings hostage. Search the internet for reviews, get three estimates from separate companies and check the Better Business Bureau. Remember, cheaper isn’t always better.
Pick Off-Peak Time
When there is more demand, companies charge higher prices. The times to get lower prices are midweek or mid-month, avoiding holidays and the summer months.
Check Insurance Options
If you want to insure your belongings, it is best to start with your existing homeowners or renters policy. Many cover damage during a move from things such as: fire, theft, etc. during a move, but usually do not cover breakage. However, for long distance movers, released value and full value insurance options are available. You can get the released value option at no additional cost and it reimburses you at a rate of up to 60 cents per pound for damaged or lost items.
On the other hand, full value protection costs extra, but replaces or repairs damaged items or gives you the money to do so based on the current value. You may be able to purchase this insurance from your moving company, but may also be able to do so through your existing insurance company.
A few extra tips:
- Pack things yourself to avoid packing fees
- Avoid big boxes that are difficult to carry and move around
- Pack breakables in a container with a lid; placing a few layers of crushed paper on the bottom, wrap items individually in cloth and place plates on edges and cups on rims. Fill any empty spaces with crushed paper
- Keep records in case you need to file a claim against the movers
- Take pictures of belongings before going into boxes or onto the truck
- Keep track of moving expenses to avoid being overcharged
- Deposits might be required at your new location for a lease or to turn on utilities
- Storage spaces may be needed if moving dates are changed unexpectedly
- You may have to purchase household items that you didn’t bring with you
- Have clothing and essentials with you in case movers are late.
Moving to a new location is hard enough. Avoid unnecessary charges and ensure your belongings are kept safe.