Moving to a new home can be a pricey affair, and moving long-distance typically costs even more. When you move far away, several things could raise the cost of your relocation. You’ll have to pack everything you own safely enough to survive a long trip and pay for long-distance movers as well. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize your costs and make your move as easy as possible while working within your budget.
Time your move wisely
If you have a choice, consider the timing of your move carefully. The more flexible you can be, the cheaper you can make your move. Try to avoid peak times. For example, more people move during the summer, and this is when movers often charge a bit more. Also, avoid holiday weekends, which are typically busier times. There will also be more traffic during peak times, which means a higher risk of accidents and trouble with parking.
Book your moving services well in advance
Hiring movers at the last minute is one of the most expensive mistakes you can make when it comes to moving. The earlier you can make your plans, the better the bargain you are likely to receive. As soon as you know for sure when you’re moving, the next step is hiring your movers. This helps ensure that they will be available when you need them and spares your budget from last-minute surcharges as well.
Take only what you need
Before you start packing, take the time to go through your belongings and get rid of the things you don’t need. You most likely have several items you never use and probably won’t use again; donate, sell, or toss these items to keep your boxes lighter and your move cheaper. Think about how much space your new place has, which articles you’re likely to replace soon, and what things you own that are outdated, in subpar condition, or duplicates. The more you part with now, the less you’ll spend on your move and the easier it will be to make a fresh start in your new location.
Make smart packing choices
There are many ways to practice frugal packing. First, consider doing your packing yourself instead of paying movers to do it. This alone can save a lot of money. Also, look for inexpensive or free packing supplies. Purchase tape, packing paper, permanent markers, and so on in bulk and find out if your neighbors or local stores have old boxes they’d be willing to donate. Pack strategically, with heavier items (such as books) in small boxes and lighter things in larger boxes; this will allow you to fill your boxes completely without making them too heavy, giving you the lowest total number of boxes possible.
Save on travel
Do your research to find the cheapest way to travel to your new home. You might be surprised to find that having your car shipped while flying to your destination isn’t much more expensive than driving – and much less stressful. You can often find deals on airfare, and trains or buses may also be options. Challenge yourself to come up with other ways to keep your long-distance move as cost-efficient as possible!