One of the predictable parts of being a Twin Falls renter is that you will need to move house sooner or later. And sadly, moving is not only time-consuming but expensive, specifically if you are moving miles away or need to hire people to help you. The good news is that there are some things you can do to save money during your move to help keep those costs down. With a bit of extra planning and some insider know-how, these money-saving tips can help make your next move a little more affordable.
1. Donate, Toss, or Sell Unwanted Items
One of the greatest methods to make your next move faster and less expensive is to limit the amount of stuff you intend to move with you. This is highly crucial if you are moving a long distance but can be just as much of a money-saver even though you are just moving a few miles away. Take a moment to go through your belongings and select what to donate, throw out, or sell. It may also help you to sell items you no longer want or need at a yard sale. This can both lighten the load and put a bit of extra cash in your pocket at the same time.
2. Plan Ahead
Preferably, begin planning your move as soon as possible. Waiting to try and schedule a moving truck or helpers at the last minute will probably cost you more because your options will be limited. You can also start planning your move by creating a system for packing each room. Occasionally used items can be packed months ahead of a move, and all boxes need to be clearly labeled according to contents and which room they go in. Anything you can do to speed up your move can generally save you money on moving day.
3. Start Gathering Supplies ASAP
Another method to save money during a move is to collect and use as much free packing material as needed. Yet, collecting free packing supplies might demand time, so it’s necessary to begin collecting boxes and other supplies as soon as possible. See local classifieds for people who discard moving boxes, or check local stores if they have any that will let you have.
4. Move During the Week
Ideally, plan your move for a day or season outside of peak demand. As an illustration, hiring a moving company for a weekend or during the summer will cost more because demand is high. On the other side, the same movers may quote you a lower rate for moving on a weekday or during the off-season. The same might happen when you decide to rent a truck and do it yourself. Even though it’s not always possible to choose your moving date, it can save you more money if you have the opportunity.
5. Hire the Right Movers
If you opt to hire movers to help you, it is advisable to shop around and compare rates. There is no set fee for moving, and even moving companies that seem to deliver the same services may charge very different rates. However, the cheapest option is not always the best, either. It is important to study the company’s customer reviews online and inquire for recommendations from friends and neighbors.
Recruiting a quality mover is the best approach to save money because their staff should be well-trained and efficient. Unscrupulous movers may dangle a great rate and then charge by the hour and drag out the move much longer than it would take for someone else. To avoid the possibility of being exploited this way, ask about fixed-rate options.
6. Divide and Conquer
You can make the most of the movers you hire if you are well-prepared and organized on moving day itself. If you are moving to a new place nearby, it is advisable to move as many of the boxes and small items yourself as you can. It just makes sense: if your movers only need to focus on moving your furniture, the move will take less time and probably cost less, too.
The more time the movers spend on packing, loading, and unloading your things, the more possible you’ll wind up spending far more than you wanted to on your move. So have everything boxed and ready to go before the movers arrive!
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