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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Move!

Moving home is expensive. We’ve compiled this list of 10 tips that can help you save big on your next move.

1. HAVE A PLAN

You have to have a plan in place before you move. Moving out of state? Book your overnight stays in advance to save money and assure you’ll have a bed for the night. Rather than a hotel, are there friends or relatives you can stay with during your trip? Know the exact route you will be taking and how long it’s going to take to get there? Plan for unexpected problems by adding a 10 to 15% buffer to everything you have to do or pay for.

Remember, it’s always better to overestimate than to under estimate.


2. READ THE SMALL PRINT

There are some unscrupulous moving companies out there who would like nothing better than to relieve you of your hard earned money. Of course, you’ve already read everything that Moving Guardian has to offer and you’ve selected your mover using our “America’s Best Movers” database so you don’t have to worry about the small print, right? Right!!!

Always read the small print. Some less-than-trustworthy companies will hide fees in there that can cost you an arm and a leg when you finally have to pay for your move. So, be prepared.


3. BUDGET FOR YOUR MOVE

It’s important to know exactly how much your move is going to cost you. Itemize every aspect of the move, including labor costs, gas and hotel charges, packing materials and all of the little things like meals or entertainment for the kids as these can quickly add up to a small fortune if you aren’t prepared.


4. ELIMINATE CLUTTER

Moving companies charge by the volume and weight of the items they have to move for you. So why not lighten the load by getting rid of the stuff you either don’t need or don’t use? Which leads us to …


5. MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY

Sell anything you don’t want or don’t use in a yard sale. The extra money will come in handy for your move, or you can use it to buy something nice for your new home.


6. GET YOUR BOXES FOR FREE

Boxes can be an expensive addition to your move – but you don’t have to pay for them. If you have a recycling center in your city, pay them a visit. Local hospitals, labs and chain stores like Wal-Mart or Target are also a good source of free boxes, if you are willing to talk to the manager.


7. PACKING YOUR BOXES

Packing material can cost you an arm and a leg! While its always a good idea to pack your more expensive or delicate items with packing foam or bubble wrap, for everyday items its acceptable to use household items like blankets, towels or old newspapers to pad your boxes. Got a local small town newspaper near you? Pop in and ask if they have any old issues you could have.


8. MAKE SURE ALL YOUR BILLS ARE PAID AHEAD OF TIME

If you have final bills that need to be paid at your old location but they are not due for a couple of weeks – Pay Them Early!!! You’re going to have a lot to deal with in the move, and trying to remember whether you paid that final electricity charge or where you packed your credit card bill could lead to hefty fines for late payment, and worse, your credit rating could be severely impacted.


9. BE ORGANIZED

The more time your movers have to spend emptying your house, the longer it’s going to take both them and you to get to your new location. Make sure that on the day of the move, the path to your house is clear of any obstructions that the movers might have to negotiate; if you have a two-storey home, move as many boxes as you can down to the ground floor. Remove any clutter that might pose a danger to the movers and make sure your pets are secreted away somewhere safe, so you don’t have to worry about them escaping and getting under foot.


10. TAXES! TAXES! TAXES!

Certain moving expenses can be written off on your taxes, so make sure you save all of your receipts and ensure that you mention your move to your tax preparer when it’s time to submit your annual tax return.

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