Moving can be quite expensive, especially when it comes spur of the moment. Even just a short local move can put a financial strain on anyone. Bekins Moving Solutions understands that moving can be pricey. That is why we offer affordable professional moving services and provide our customers with frugal moving tips to help take some of the pressure off. Here are a few of our best tips on how to save money during your next move.
Plan a Moving Budget
Many families tend to plan a move only thinking about packing, the logistics of loading/unloading, and getting settled in their new home. Creating a budget is surprisingly not on many people’s to-do lists. Well before your move (about two months prior) you need to estimate how much you can comfortably spend on your home. Include the following items:
- Packing supplies
- Moving tools like dollies or carts
- Professional moving services
- Gas or travel expenses
- Food and lodging for a long-distance move
When you plan ahead of time, you can do your research to find the best deals. This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars!
Think About Tax Deductions
Did you know that you might be able to have some of your moving expenses deducted from your tax return? There are some simple and strict rules that will tell you whether this is an option for you. Record your moving expenses and then check out the items that you can deduct. Make certain that you keep your receipts for your records.
Sell Before Your Move
De-cluttering your home by selling items you aren’t using is a saving double-whammy. Not only may you get some money for things you haven’t used in a long while, but also you don’t have to pay money to pack and move it to your new home. There are various methods to get rid of unwanted goods; you can sell things such as furniture, shoes, and clothes via the internet, give them away to friends, or donate them to charity shops. There are a number of charities that will even be willing to come and collect large, difficult to move items such as furniture.
Move During the Off-Season
You can save money by just shifting the date of your move. Unless you have to, don’t move on a weekend or a public holiday. Not only will the roads be a lot busier but also moving companies tend to be booked up or charge more. A weekday move tends to be cheaper and much more available.
Asking for Help May Be Cheaper
While do-it-yourself may be the obvious affordable option, sometimes it makes more financial sense to hire a professional mover. If you have fragile or hard-to-carry items, you may risk causing expensive damage by not hiring professionals. Also, if you need to move quickly or risk other financial losses, a mover may help speed things along much faster than you or your family packing and loading your items.
If you need help moving on a budget, Bekins Moving Solutions can assist you. Call (877) 594-1187 today for a free moving estimate.