Moving across the country costs quite a bit of money and time, but there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to save yourself some money. Whether you’re able to loop your neighbors into helping, save yourself from a few hidden costs, or are able to relax and spend less, it’s up to you to make the most of your budget.
Do It Yourself
You can save money moving if you don’t have many possessions, a large automobile, and several muscled friends. Moving yourself across the country typically costs anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000, depending on how far you’re going and how much stuff you have. You can cut corners by going to local grocers and liquor stores to get free boxes, staying with relatives and friends as you drive, and moving during an off-season, when gas and hotels are more economically priced.
Moving by yourself doesn’t have to be expensive, if you plan it well, get help, and aren’t moving a lot of stuff or people.The real secret is to get rid of things you don’t need. Many items can be given to thrift stores or food banks as a tax deductible donation, which can even further reduce the cost of your move.
Save On Hidden Costs (Be Prepared)
Moving in maintenance, being improperly insured, utility connection fees, and replacing something that you left thousands of miles away will all bite a chunk out of your budget. While moving, you should call your insurance company and update your auto insurance. In some states you have 30 days and the change might just be an address update, but in other states, you may have to up your coverage or get a different provider.
Once you move in, turning on the utilities, replacing items you left behind, and small maintenance projects (like putting on seasonal windows or replacing the locks) will drain the rest of your move in budget. You should arrange some of this before you arrive, or at least call and check out prices/deposits that might be required. Nothing kills a budget like an unplanned bill.
Relax. It’s Best To Leave The Hard Stuff With Someone Else
It can be more economical to hire someone to move for you. With a moving company, an interstate move averages $5,630. That can save you time, stress, and money. You can have more time to spend making friends with your new neighbors and exploring your town, and your valuables will be insured with professional movers.
If you’re looking to save money, stress, and time by hiring a professional mover, consider moving during an off-season, being flexible with your dates, and talking to several moving companies. Shopping around for a moving company will help you get the best move for the lowest price.