As we mentioned previously on the Champion Movers’ blog, there are quite a few factors that can influence the cost of moving homes. These factors include everything from when your move date to how much you are moving and even the liability insurance cost. There are many ways to cut moving costs, even in the most in-demand moving season.
With a little bit of planning and some help from your friends here at Champion Movers, you’ll be well on your way to your new home with some extra cash in your pocket.
So where can you start reducing the cost of your moving expenses?
Get Rid of Stuff
One of the factors that affect the cost of moving from home to home as it relates to your moving company comes down to how much stuff you are moving. This is where the weight and the volume of your belongings will come into play. This is especially the case if you are moving long distances.
It is best to move only the items that you want to your new destination. Beyond that, it is recommended that you have a yard sale, donate your belongings to a local youth center or the donation company of your choosing, or put items that you don’t want to sell into storage. Not only will you save some cash on the transport costs, but you may also make some money at the yard sale!
Look for Tax Deductions
If you donated some of the belongings that you did not want to pay to move, you might qualify for some tax deductions. Generally, when you donate clothing, furniture, or other items, you can write off the value of those items when you do your annual taxes!
Enlist Friends to Help Pack
If you don’t want to hire a team of professional movers to pack your belongings as an add-on service, you can always enlist your friends and family to help you box up all of your belongings. Packing services are great for those who cannot pack on their own, but if you are willing and able to, you can save a few hundred dollars by boxing things up yourself. At most, you will have to bribe your friends with pizza!
Find Free Moving Supplies
Packing supplies are inexpensive, but the costs can increase if you pack your entire home for a move. If you don’t want to go out and spend money on new boxes every time you move, you should make it a habit to save boxes so that you can reuse and repurpose them when it comes time to move again.
Pick a Less Expensive Move Date
Finally, one of the most important factors that may influence your moving costs is the moving date. Peak moving dates will have higher rates simply because moving companies are in high demand. If you want to save money, you can move on a less expensive day. This may mean that you move during the week instead of the weekend.