Are you moving to your new home in a few days or weeks? Your bank might feel a little bit empty right now after you’ve paid for your new home’s down payment, closing costs, brokers fees, taxes, amongst others. Because of this, you surely want save a lot of your moving expenses. Luckily, we have prepared for you 7 ways to cut down on your moving costs.
- Avoid peak seasons. As much as possible, avoid moving during the months of June, July and August, as these are considered expensive due to high demand. Furthermore, avoid moving at the beginning or end of the month because of the huge amount of leases due to month-end terminations.
- Avoid moving unnecessary items. Moving companies will charge you according to the items you’re moving and the weight of these items, therefore, if you want to cut down moving costs, don’t move unnecessary items. You can either done these items or sell them as it will even help you earn money.
- Use what you have for packing your things. Moving companies charge a lot on packing supplies so if you want to cut cost, make use of items that you already have like your suitcases, plastic bins, boxes, and even your sheets and linens.
- Ask questions. Even the most legitimate moving companies will not say all the costs of the move unless you ask them to. Therefore, if you want to get a clear picture of the total cost of the move, ask how much they’ll be charging for heavy items, repacking and the like. Furthermore, every professional mover has a cost for each of its services; know them so you can avoid them.
- Get at least three estimates. If you’re going to hire the services of a professional moving company, it’s recommended to get an estimation of at least three companies. In this way, you can determine if you’ve got the best deal possible.
- Pack your items yourself. Packing services actually makes your job easier for you, but can be costly for someone who wants to save on moving expenses. However, if you don’t want to spend on packing services, at least allow them to pack your heavy and fragile items to ensure that they are moved safely to your new home. Just remember that if you purchase an insurance for your move, the insurance will not be covering items you pack yourself.
- Research for some potential tax deductions. Keep all your receipts with you and consult a professional to determine if you can save from possible tax deductions. For instance, if you move to a new full-time job at least 50 miles away from your previous home, you can actually save on the cost of packing, transporting or storing your household items from next year’s tax return.
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