Moving is one of the five most stressful events any of us will ever endure according to HealthStatus.com The farther you need to move, the more stressful it feels. I always stress setting aside an adequate amount of time to plan everything accordingly. You need to contact moving companies six to eight weeks in advance to ensure you get the moving dates you want.
More than stress, moving is also an expense. There are ways around the seemingly high prices of moving, though, even when you hire a moving company. With the right planning, you may even find using a moving company to be less expensive. It all depends on the unique aspects of your move. Regardless of your plans to use a long-distance moving company or move on your own, these money saving moving tips will help you get the most for your money.
Shed Some Weight
Just how large has your house grown over the years? Chances are you have accumulated a lot of stuff you don’t really need. Purging some of your items, especially heavier items, can make a huge difference in the overall cost of your move. As you pack your items, ask yourself these questions:
- When was the last time I used this?
- Does this serve a purpose or does it preserve a memory?
- How much is it worth to me?
Consider selling or donating any items that don’t hold much monetary or sentimental value. Items you don’t use are also good candidates to eliminate. Those items that don’t serve a functional purpose but which preserve a memory deserve further consideration. Can you take a picture of it to preserve the memory or do you need to keep the item?
In the end, you make the final decision of what will be kept or discarded. When using a professional moving company, less weight means less cost. While a DIY move isn’t priced out the same way, less weight means you’ll spend less on gas. Either way, you are saving money.
Moving During the Off Season
The moving industry reaches its peak during the summer months. From U-Haul to moving companies, everyone is busier than ever during the summer. Getting the truck you want when you want it can be difficult and some agencies raise prices. Keep away from all that hassle with a move between September and April.
Moves during the off-season often cost less because movers are not as flooded with business. Depending on your move, there may also be additional cost if you are forced to wait for a pod or moving van. During the off season, you won’t have to worry about any of this. Everything will run much smoother and cheaper.
The moving industry is slanted in your favor during the off season. Combine that savings with a shipment of lighter weight and you’ll be surprised how much you can save. Call us today at 877-590-2810 for more information on how National Van Lines can save you money.