How to survive a move without breaking bank account

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By: Good Nelly
on 13th Jan,2016

You're amongst the millions of people who are in panic and thinking about the obvious breaking of bank account.
How to survive a move without breaking bank account


May be you're relocating for a job's requirement or to get closer to your family. You're amongst the millions of people who are in panic and thinking about the obvious breaking of bank account. Moving into a new place can be pricey and stressful as well especially if you do not have a solid pre-moving money saving plan. Lets discuss some simple ways to cut down your spending when you relocate due to some unavoidable circumstances.

1. Plan earlier - Lack of proper planning can prove to be extremely costly for you. If you're planning to relocate during summer when the long-haul drivers and moving companies have dozens of orders in their hand, then be prepared to pay a higher rate. You won't have a lot of options for bargaining due to high on season demand. You can also cut down your cost and avoid last time hassle if you reserve in advance. John Bisney, a spokesman for the American Moving & Storage Association said "You could conceivably face a bit of an issue getting in the dates that you want”.

2. Dig deeper into mover's background - Look in to the movers' potentiality and most importantly their background before hiring them. Verify the license of the mover you hire from the Department of Transportation and AMAS. For a better understanding, you can go through customer's vote, review, complaints, rank online. Better Business Bureau, Yelp can be your destination.

3. Get the best value of your money - Do not confirm after getting an estimate from a single moving company. Never say “yes” to a mover charging a very low price. You may experience a hassle and stressful moving. Try to get estimates from 3 moving companies. You can get the right value of your hard earned money this way. Bisney said "you know if one sticks out as being incredibly low or incredibly high. Be wary of especially low estimates—they could be a sign of a so-called rogue mover who will demand much higher rates once all your possessions are out of reach on the truck”

4. Be there in person - Try to plan your program with the moving company in person. People tend to fix their important projects over the phone. But, while you're planning to relocate with huge household things, try to show the mover how much goods you have. This way the moving company can assure you about the total cost of moving and you can get an accurate estimate.

5. DIY supplier and mover - There are sites (craigslist.org) where you can get packing materials for free or very cheap. So you can easily wrap things and avoid mover's heavy rated butcher paper and tape supply. Try to keep over sized things in boxes. So that you can easily move the boxes in the van.

6. Let your company pay for it - If your move is for job requirement, then ask your company to pay all the cost related to moving. In order to get tax deduction, you should move within the year from the date of your new joining. Besides, according to the IRS, your moving cost may meet the tax deduction criteria.

  • Your present workplace has to be 50 miles far from your old house
  • The distance between your old house and workplace was 50 miles

There are other benefits such as cost deduction of moving your household goods travel cost except fooding.

7. Work on stuff optimization - Moving company charges as per hours and number of items. If you figure out fewer items to move, you can save money. Work on your stuff optimization while packing things. Try to cut unnecessary things (old couch, odd sized closet) from your list and sell or donate them. If you have huge collection of books, then ship them via portal service. Do not forget to inform the mover about the final number of items.

8. Keep the cost record and moving receipts - Be sure you have all the important papers related to your move such as receipts, travel expenses, gas, mileage cost papers related to car transferring, etc. Who knows, your moving expenses can qualify for tax deduction criteria and you can save a lot of money.

Final thoughts

When you're planning to move with fewer items . You can easily consider a pod. It can save your money. Try to avoid fancy ideas like bubble wrapping or other expensive materials. Keep enough money for post move period. There are lots of hidden expenses you've to bear when you reach a new place. So, get the money ready for the inevitable cost.

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