More renters now view moving as a stressful and expensive time. Hiring professionals can definitely ease the stress generated by moving, but it does come at a cost: a high price tag, maybe even thousands of dollars. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce your moving costs and still get the help you need. Transferring to your next single-family rental home can certainly be affordable and enjoyable, as long as you know how to plot out a course of action.
To start off, make your next move more affordable by lessening the stuff that you bring with you to your next home. Donate or sell unwanted personal items, furniture, or other belongings. This will definitely make your move less costly.
Once you are prepared to start packing, look for places where you can get boxes and other moving supplies for free. Buying brand new moving boxes can put a large dent in your wallet, so it’s worth taking the time to look around first. Scout your area for stores that might have extra empty boxes that they’re not using. They might sell it for cheap or even give it away. Also, check your local online ads or ask your friends and neighbors. You may be able to find someone who has a stack of boxes they’d happily be rid of.
Pack your boxes yourself! This is another sure way of saving some money on your next move. There are a lot of professional movers out there who would gladly offer their packing services, but it comes at a price. So, pack your own boxes and use things that you already have– like towels and blankets– to protect breakable items. In doing so, you can reduce the cost of supplies and avoid being billed by the hour for the service.
Wanting to hire a professional mover in Southwest Waterfront? There are options and other ways to help trim those costs. An option could be to try and choose a date and time for your move that is off-season or less in demand. Prices in many places are a bit cheaper between September and May and on weekdays. Save more money by doing your research. Get estimates from multiple moving companies before hiring one.
It is a mistake to assume that all professional movers are the same. Some are definitely a better value than others. A few of these professional movers offer transport-only options. In the case that you are moving to a new state and driving a rental truck by yourself is not an option, this can be a great way to avoid paying for a full-service moving company while still getting the help that you need.
Instead of paying for moving services, why not ask your friends and family for help when moving day arrives? This helps cut costs, and can even turn a stressful day into a fun one! But what if you can’t find enough people to volunteer for help? Then consider hiring hourly helpers. Especially if you are planning to rent and pack your own moving truck, this can be a great way to keep moving expenses to a minimum.
In conclusion, if the reason for your move is connected to your occupation, ask your company if there is a way to get reimbursed for moving costs. Some employers will pay some or all of an employee’s costs, especially if the move is long-distance. Of course, before you move you should get all the needed details from your employer. Be ready to collect and save all of the necessary receipts before presenting them. In some cases, you may also be able to deduct part of your moving expenses on your federal income tax return. But don’t assume that this is the case. It is important to speak to a tax advisor to understand whether this deduction applies to you. Carefully organizing your next move can greatly reduce your costs.
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