Your big move is coming up and soon you will find yourself living clear across the country. You have thought about moving yourself, but dismissed it when you realized how much work you would have to do. Instead, you will work with a moving company to make your transition a reality. Here’s how to make your next move and save money too.
1. Get rid of the clutter first. You will pay for your move based on the amount of stuff you plan to move. It is important that you get rid of clutter before you have a moving company representative provide you with an estimate. Also, obtain a floor plan of your new home. That way, you can determine what fits before hauling and paying for something that you can’t get through the front door.
2. Donate what you can’t use. Assemble everything that you won’t be taking with you and contact your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other thrift store. Some stores will pick up your items or receive them at certain times. Either way, there could be an important tax benefit just awaiting to be used.
3. Hold a moving sale. If you don’t want to give it away, you can always sell your unneeded items. If your inventory is on the pricey side, sell some items individually on Craigslist or eBay. Then, hold a garage sale or a moving sale for everything else. The funds you accrue with that sale can offset your moving costs.
4. Speak with at least three moving companies. Get written estimates from at least three moving companies. Make sure that each company has a DOT number. Work on with companies that have the ability to ship your goods across the country. Only sign a contract once you check references, learn the payment options and have a clear sense that the company can handle your move advises the http://www.northamerican.com/moving-services.
5. Toss your tools. You are partial to you many tools. However, because they are so heavy, they’ll cost you a mint to move. You would be better off simply selling your heavier tools and buying new or used when you arrive at your next destination.
6. Ship your books. What about the books that you love? Should you move them too? You can, but you may find shipping them via the post office is actually cheaper than moving them. Here, you need to time your shipment to coincide with your move. Simply box up your books and take them to the post office the day before you move. Most likely they won’t arrive at your new home until after you do.
7. Keep a record of everything related to your move. You may be able to write off your moving expenses. Here, you need to keep every receipt and track your related expenses, including the cost of shipping or driving your cars to a new destination, your hotel stays, pet costs, copying important documents, you name it. Your new accountant will help you with declaring what costs are allowed when you file your taxes.
Save on Moving
There are many other ways to save on your move. For instance, you should cancel those services you won’t be needing ahead of your move — the newspaper, an extra phone line and delivery services should be canceled when you don’t need them. You should also retrieve deposits for other services or claim your credit on your final bill.
Lastly, if you can coordinate your move to take place in the off season, you will save money. You will pay a premium for a move in the summer, but far less if you make your move in the winter.