What are some "Tricks of the Trade" to Cut Moving Costs?
The least expensive way to move is to do it yourself. However, not all of us have the time, strength and energy, so our first step so to choose the right professional mover. Moving companies provide a variety of services and range of fees. Shop for the best service, rates and charges. Determine the degree of liability the mover assumes for your furnishings, what claims you will have, and the movers record of reliable service. Get estimates based on the approximate weight or volume of your belongings and the distance to be traveled. Many companies offer binding estimates, which guarantee a given price, barring additions to the estimated load. This takes the guesswork out of the picture, but a non-binding estimate is apt to be lower than a binding one and might be more feasible - especially if you are able to check the weight yourself at a weighing station. Do not stop with just rates - ask about additional charges and methods used to compute time.Some cost-wise tactics:
Leave the oldies, heavies and out-growns behind: the 20-year-old washer and dryer, the workbench, the sandbox. Purge your record and book collection. To make your moving simpler and your house show better have a yard sale of outgrown cloths, garage "treasures" and other disposables. Give unwanted items to friends or donate to charity.
Do your own packing but do it professionally. Use specially-designed containers bought from your mover.
Insure your belongings sufficiently for the move. Movers insurance is minimal. Check to see if the standard coverage per pound times the weight of your shipment is sufficient to pay replacement costs of your good. You may need to purchase additional coverage from your mover.
To be on the safe side, take your valuables - jewelry, legal documents, family photos, etc. - with you or send them by registered or insured mail. Keeping a list of all items you want to take with you personally may be helpful.
Save on your taxes. Keep a detailed moving-expenses book with receipts of your costs, including transportation, lodging, meals, etc. If you are moving because of a job change, such expenses may be deductible.
Find out if your employer, either the one you are leaving or your new one, will share your expenses. These could include the costs of selling your current house, real estate fees, your house-hunting and moving costs and related expenses, plus settlement fees at both ends.What are some Tips to make Moving go as Smoothly as Possible? Moving is never easy, no matter how hard you try. Here are some basics to at least minimize any problems:
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