Moving can be an enormous undertaking. You spend so many years in one place building a life and accumulating the things that help you live it, that it is often hard to nail down the logistics of it all, particularly forecasting the costs involved. Here are some tips to help you plan for a budget friendly move.
Choose your moving company wisely. As with most endeavors, one of, if not the largest costs involved is the labor. If you don’t have access to a large vehicle or people able to help you move, paying a moving company and its employees to move your belongings from point A to point B is likely to comprise the largest part of your moving budget. Some moving companies will charge you for hourly labor, others a flat rate based on quantity and the distance they will need to travel. Knowing what you have to move, and being able to estimate the time it is going to take to move it will help you choose a moving company and a pricing scheme that makes the most sense. Some moving companies may even provide you with an estimate.
Know when to move. For most people working Monday to Friday, moving on the weekend makes the most sense for obvious reasons. Most people, especially renters, choose to move on either the first or last day of the month to avoid doubling up on rent. For this reason, moving companies are usually the busiest on these days each month and tend to charge a premium. Being flexible with your time, although not always possible, could help you secure a better price with a moving company.
Book early. People are moving and packing and unpacking all the time. If you haven’t moved spaces in a while, it may be shocking to discover just how many people that is. If you have a decent lead time between moves, try and book your moving company well in advance. Most companies’ rates are based on the amount of the time they have to plan. If you give a moving company plenty of notice, you often will save money.
Budget a tip into your move. Movers certainly fall into the category of services you should tip. Any time the well-being of your personal belongings hangs in the balance, tipping the person in charge of the care is a good idea. Moving can also be hazardous, physically demanding work. Letting the people who are doing the work know that you appreciate their effort could come around in a big way the next time you have to move.
Moving can seem like a daunting task, both financially and emotionally, but if you take the time to do a bit of research and try to be organized about it, it may help to alleviate some of the burden in both respects; certainly financially.