A vast majority of renters consider moving to be a stressful and expensive time. Hiring professionals can definitely be an option when it comes to decreasing the workload when moving, but it also comes with a high price tag– maybe even thousands of dollars. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce your moving costs and still get the help you need. A cost-effective relocation is feasible, as long as you know how to strategically go about it when it comes to moving to your single-family rental home.
Make your next move more affordable by limiting the number of belongings you bring with you. Your move can be cost-efficient if you choose to donate or sell any unwanted personal items, furniture, or other belongings.
Ready to start packing? First, look for places where you can get boxes and other moving supplies for free. Buying brand new moving boxes can put a large dent in your wallet, so it’s worth taking the time to look around first. Make sure to look around your area for commercial establishments. Ask the businesses if they have empty boxes they’re ready to get rid of. Also, check your local online ads or ask your friends and neighbors. You may be able to find someone who has a stack of boxes they’d happily be rid of.
Another cost-efficient way to go about your next move is to pack your boxes on your own. Why pay for someone else to do it when you can do it yourself and save some money. A lot of professional movers will offer packing services, but at a price. The things that you intend to bring, protected by towels and blankets, can be easily packed by you into your own boxes. In doing so, you’re saving yourself from being billed by the hour for the services.
Of course, there are other ways to trim down your costs should you choose to hire a professional mover in Exeter. Try to choose a date and time for your move that is off-season or less in demand. Prices in many places are a bit cheaper between September and May and on weekdays. Try getting estimates from multiple moving companies before hiring one — this is one good way to save money.
It is a mistake to assume that all professional movers are the same. Some are definitely a better value than others. Also, other professional movers offer particular services such as transport-only options. Should you choose not to drive a rental truck for when you are moving to a new state, this can be a great way to avoid paying for a full-service moving company while still getting the help that you need.
Moving day doesn’t have to be too stressful. Make it fun by asking friends and family for help! This will cut down on time and costs. However, consider hiring hourly helpers if there simply aren’t enough volunteers available to help. Especially if you are planning to rent and pack your own moving truck, this can be a great way to keep moving expenses to a minimum.
Lastly, if the move is related to your job, best to inquire if there is a chance of getting reimbursed for moving costs. Some employers will pay some or all of an employee’s costs, especially if the move is long-distance. Ask your employer about this before you move. And remember to save all your receipts since you will need to present them for reimbursement. In some cases, you may also be able to deduct part of your moving expenses on your federal income tax return. But don’t assume that this is the case. It is important to speak to a tax advisor to understand whether this deduction applies to you. A little diligence and preparation can go a long way to saving you a lot of money and trouble for your next move.
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