Are you making a move soon? Although the idea of getting into your new home caries a lot of excitement the moving process itself can be stressful. So, here are some money saving tips that will help you save a little bit more amongst the 16.7 million household moves per year.
1) Unload What You Don’t Need: Ask yourself, what do I have now that I won’t need in the move? Will your furniture fit into your new home? What about that old box in storage covered in dust? Weight is a big factor that can increase the costs to move and put stress on your wallet and back.
2) Time it Right: A midmonth move will save you the most money says Daniel Bortz, the author of 8 Ways to Trim Moving Costs. The busiest moving times are the beginning and end of the months. Summer is the most popular time of the year for families to move, since kids aren’t in school according to Bortz you can get the best deal moving between October and April.
3) Save on Boxes: Try and find used or recycled boxes that you can buy at a cheaper cost, check with local groceries in your area. If you are using a professional moving company, try to pack as many smaller items yourself. This will decrease the amount of time the packers will have to spend. This means, if you’re paying by the hour, less money out of your pocket.
4) Plan and Organize: Color code boxes by room and put a sign on the door with the same corresponding color. This prevents someone yelling outside the truck or within the first steps of your new home telling the movers where each box goes.
5) Cover Your Items: A big benefit of professional movers is you can insure your items in case of an accident. But be sure of what you’re singing. For example be sure to ask if it’s to be replaced at market value or replacement value; make sure everything is clear before you sign the dotted line.
6) Snag a Tax Break: If you’re moving because of a job change you may be able to deduct some expenses. To see if you quality for any tax breaks consult a tax preparer or the Internal Revenue Service guidelines.
7) Price it Out: Seek at least three professional moving quotes. Bring the mover into your home so they can give you a more realistic quote and ask such as “Do you save money if you pack yourself?” Or “What is the insurance plan?”
8) Research the Mover: Make sure the company is reputable. Anyone can put their name on the side of a moving truck. Check the Better Business Bureau for complaints or if they have anything filed against them. Also, check to make sure they are licensed and insured. For a local list click here: http://www.ruhlhomes.com/vendors.aspx.
According to a report by Wroldwide ERC the average professional move costs is about $12,230. Hopefully using these tips will help you bring down the cost and make the move into your new house less of a hassle. For any other moving tips or questions you can contact Ruhl&Ruhl at 1-866-441-1776 or visit www.ruhlhomes.com