How To Save Money On A Long Distance Move | Stateside Movers

Great tips and ideas to make your move more affordable.

Moves can be a hassle, but with a few tips on financially managing your moving budget, you will be more stress-free and more relaxed during your long-distance move.

The first thing you may do to gain revenue from a moving opportunity is holding a garage or yard sale. Or selling items to a consignment store. Selling items is a perfect way to gain cash for expenses involved in the move. There are also plenty of digital ways to sell as well, such as Facebook Marketplace. Just make sure the buyer seems reputable. Try to meet in public, preferably have a friend or family member with you during the transaction. Old clothes, kids toys, or books you do not need, are good items to sell. If you do not want to sell or do not have time, you can always donate. Although you do not receive cash, it is a great way to help the local community that may be facing economic hardships. If you itemize your deductions on your tax return, you may be able to claim a charitable contribution based on your item's fair market value. Either one you choose or if you choose both, it is a great way to downsize your home. In turn, with fewer items being moved, it may help save on transport costs.

Another tip is getting estimates from moving companies. It is also important to make sure the estimates are workable within your budget, and the moving company is trustworthy. You should not feel like you need to worry about your possessions and their security, especially during a long-distance move. Always research a moving company and seek out honest customer reviews where available.

A good recommendation is to pick a convenient time frame to move. Weekends, the end of the month, and summer are typically the peak moving times. To plan accordingly, it is better to move either on a weekday, in the middle of the month on a weekday, or in the fall, winter, or early spring.

If feasible, try to do most of the boxing and packing yourself. Such as boxing your own items instead of using a packing service. You may also wish to rent/buy your own moving equipment if the moving company has it at a price higher than your budget allows. Other tips include making sure to box efficiently to avoid wasting box space and try to look for as many free boxes as possible. Also make sure you save your hotel, gasoline, and truck rental receipts if the reason for the move was work-related, as some of these expenses may be deductible on your tax return.

Finally, if any of your move is based on an hourly rate (popular for a local move), the more organized you are for your movers, the faster that move is going to go, and the less you'll pay at the end of the day. Having a lot of loose clutter can really slow down a move if the team has to figure out ways to get all that loose clutter into the load. In addition, if you really want to save time, you can have your furniture taken apart before the movers arrive and then if still wanting to keep the clock down, you can do all the assembly yourself if you are adept at that kind of thing.

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