Location independence is an important theme of this blog. And so its always good to be on the lookout for the latest and greatest ways to save a few dollars while moving house. Not all of us are at the stage where we can just go wherever we want, whenever we want. But that doesnt stop us from finding ingenious ways to make moving cheaper. After all, anything that makes moving cheaper makes us more free.
According to Martha Poage, the author of The Moving Survival Guide, the key to making moving house less expensive is to get organized in advance. So here are some straightforward ways you can get organized and reduce the cost of your move.
Get Rid Of Your Junk
According to John Bisney, the PR director at the American Moving and Storage Association, moving companies calculate their costs based on the number of vehicles you require and the cargo weight. In laymans terms: the more stuff you want to shift, the more money its going to cost.
His advice for people who want to get the price of their move down is to chuck out all the junk they dont want or need. By lightening the load, he says, you could wind up saving a small fortune.
Even if you dont end up saving any money, Bisley points out that selling your old stuff is a great way to fund all the costs associated with the move, leaving you no worse off once you reach your new location.
Get Free Boxes
There are all sorts of companies that offer boxes for people wanting to move their stuff. And while these can sometimes be convenient, they also cost quite a lot to buy outright.
Poage points out that there are many boxes that people can have for free. Copy paper boxes, she says, make a great moving box because they are really strong and usually large enough for you to fit most household items. Whats more, because theyre relatively small, youre still able to pick them up and put them in the removal truck
Move During The Low Season
According to Poage, removal rates tend to be lower outside of the summer months, between September and May. This is because people with school-age children prefer to move during the summer holidays when they dont have to juggle school runs at the same time. According to Poage and Bisney, people can net a much larger saving by moving in the offseason than they can by moving during the week rather than the weekend.
Buy A Driver Only
Some people dont fancy driving a removal truck halfway across the country, especially if theyre not used to it. Thats why many people opt to get a professional truck driver to take their stuff from one location to another. This still helps them to save money on overall costs, but it also takes away a lot of the stress of driving such a large vehicle, especially when youre not used to it. Poage says that there are always savings to be had when you do more yourself.