If you are about the uproot your home and move, whether locally or far away, we realize that it can be a stressful experience. The good thing is that it does not have to be a costly venture if you know how to prepare for it. Follow these tips to avoid breaking the bank during your move!
- Keep a budget. Before you spend a penny, make sure you have a planned list of expenses mapped out. It can help you to keep within your means if you know what you are able to spend on various aspects of your move.
- Create a moving checklist. By writing down everything you need to do before the big move and planning it out on your calendar, you can save yourself lots of time. You know what they say, time is money.
- Pick a smart time of the year to move. If have the ability to plan your move out farther in advance, you may be able to snag a better price discount when you hire a moving company. Typically those who move during the moving off-season, from September to May, are likely to experience 20-30% lower rates than during the busy season.
- Downsize, downsize, downsize. This one may seem counter intuitive to saving money, especially if you are someone who likes to hold onto things for a rainy day, but in reality, the less stuff you have to move, the less you have to pay. Most movers determine the cost of moving your items based on the weight of the shipment or how large of a truck they have to use.
- Try to have a garage sale before you move. By selling some of the items you no longer want or need, you can make a little side cash to help cover some of your moving expenses.
- Pick up free moving boxes. You can usually ask grocery stores or other retail establishments if you can peruse their shipping boxes and take some home for moving purposes. It’s also a good idea to ask your friends and coworkers to save aside any boxes they may not need, thereby allowing you to spend less on moving supplies.
- Use items around your house as packing supplies. This goes hand in hand with the principle above. You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on brand new packing peanuts, fancy wrapping, or other items. You can simply use old newspapers, blankets, and even pieces of clothing to provide cushioning. Try stacking baskets or compress items inside of drawers you already have to move.
- Check with your new job if the move is for work. Some companies may help to cover some of your moving expenses if you are having to relocate due to your job. There are exceptions to this and not every employer will do this, but it does not hurt to ask.
- Mark your moving costs as tax deductions. If you had to relocate for work and your new home is less than 50 miles from your new job, you may be eligible for tax deductions corresponding to your storage, moving, and transportation costs. Make sure you hang on to all of your receipts and documents during the move.
- Find a moving company with affordable rates. Do your homework and find movers in Phoenix that will not only be cheap, but also provide quality work you can depend on.
If you are looking to move out of Phoenix or even just relocate within the city, call Bannister Moving & Storage Inc. for low rates from a veteran owned business.