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Monday, July 13, 2009 @ 4:01:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught, www.frontdoor.com
July 13, 2009

Everyone knows if they have moved that moving is not only tedious but it can be quite pricey.  Especially if you are moving a good distance.  Here are some great tips I found from the website www.frontdoor.com on how you can help to cut moving costs.  Make sure to check back later this week for even more tips!

You're moving into a new home, your pockets probably feel pretty empty right now. You've just paid a down payment, closing costs and broker fees, so the last thing you want is an expensive move. Lucky for you, we've got tips to help you pack up and ship out on a budget.

  1. If you don't need it, don't pay to move it.
    Movers base their prices on what you're shipping, so cutting down on clutter will simplify your life and lighten up the load in the moving truck. We're talking to you, the owner of the treadmill-turned-drying-rack. You can sell what you don't need or donate it to charity.

  2. If possible, schedule your relocation after peak moving season.
    Most people choose to move in the summer months, when the kids are out of school. The least expensive time of the year to move is between October and April, so if it's possible to postpone your move, you could save some money.

  3. Get at least three in-home estimates.
    If you're hiring a professional mover to do the heavy lifting and packing, prices can vary widely between companies. To make sure you're getting the best deal possible, get at least three estimates.

  4. Don't get scammed by a rogue mover.
    You'll be loading up all your worldly possessions and putting them on a truck with a few workers you barely know. Protect yourself! Look for red flags and get recommendations from friends and neighbors to avoid getting scammed.

  5. Use what you have for packing, and then buy your own supplies.
    Moving companies often charge hefty fees for packing supplies. Save money by filling up containers you already have, like suitcases or plastic bins. Use sheets and linens to wrap items. Buy the packing materials you still need from a recycled box company, or get them free from a local business.
    ***Another idea, check your local U-Haul or moving store for bulk packing supplies (i.e. wrapping paper, boxes, bubble wrap, etc.).

 

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