Hiring Movers, Packing, And The Dos And Don'ts Of Moving On A Budget

Are you moving on a budget? More specifically, are you moving on a slim or small budget? From hiring movers to choosing the right packing supplies, take a look at the dos and don'ts that can save you money.

Do Hire the Right Moving Company

How can a moving contractor save you money? In some cases, a contractor will add to your overall expenses. But if you hire the right professional and know what services you need, it's possible to keep your budget under control. A mover gives you back time that you would otherwise spend away from your job. This can save you money in lost wages.

To reduce expenses and use a professional mover:

  • Choose services wisely. Do you really need a full-service move that includes packing, organizing, and more? Extra services can add to your expenses and stretch your budget. Instead of add-ons, select a basic move.

  • Get more than one estimate. Did the first contractor you called give you the best price for your move? Get estimates from a few different companies before you sign a contract.

  • Choose the right type of estimate. There are three primary types of moving estimates—non-binding, binding, and binding not-to-exceed estimates. The right choice can reduce extra or additional costs that might not fit into your budget. 

A non-binding estimate could end up costing you more in unexpected expenses if your items weigh more than expected. Binding and binding not-to-exceed estimates provide you with a maximum amount. A binding not-to-exceed estimate could end up costing you less (but never more) than the original quote.

Don't Buy Packing Supplies

Now that you have a mover lined up, it's time to take the next step and pack for your move. New store-bought packing supplies can cost you money that you might not have right now. Instead of spending designated moving funds on supplies that you may never use again:

  • Use free cardboard boxes. Reuse old appliance or electronics boxes that you already have at home. If you don't have extra boxes to reuse, ask friends, family, or even a local grocery store for their leftovers.

  • Use suitcases, drawers, and more. Larger suitcases, dresser drawers, toy bins, and other similar items can double as free packing containers.

  • Upcycle old towels and linens. Don't throw away old towels and bed linens. Cut the fabric and use it to pad empty spaces in moving boxes or to wrap breakables in. This option will eliminate the need to buy bubble wrap or packing paper.

Label boxes and other packing containers with a permanent marker and plain masking tape. Even though you may need to buy the tape, it is likely to cost less than pricey shipping labels and stickers. 

Contact movers near you for more information. 

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Making Your Next Move Simpler

How was your last move? If you are like most people, moving to a new place can be frustrating and overwhelming, which is why working with a team of professional movers is so important. I started thinking about different ways to streamline my move a few years ago, and my planning made the entire process a lot less stressful. Because it helped me so much, I realized that it would be fun to make a blog to help other people. On this site, you will find a variety of different articles centered around moving, which can hopefully make your next relocation easier.



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