Monday, July 3, 2017

Mistakes Making A Mountain Of Your Moving Costs

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You’ve got the new home, you’ve got the down payment or deposit gone, you’ve finished with conveyancing and agents and all of that lengthy process. Now moving day is coming up and you may feel that your budget is quite tight. You can’t afford an expensive process, so what mistakes do you need to navigate to make sure you avoid that?

Moving absolutely everything

If you haven’t given much thought to what you’re taking with you, you might find that you have many more boxes that you expected to be taking. Simply put, this might be down to the fact you’re taking a lot of unnecessary junk. Take the time to make an inventory of everything in the home and find what you really don’t want or need anymore. Instead of bringing it with you, sell it to make some quick cash that can work against your expenses. If you can’t, then simply donate it (which might earn you a tax cut) or bin it if nothing else works. You’ll have less packing to do, and less stuff to pay to move.

Not knowing what you need in advance

You should have everything itemized and packed long before you talk to any local movers. Once you know exactly how many boxes you have and how much space you’re going to need, you can get into specifics. Rather than asking for estimates, you should be able to get a direct quote based on how many vehicles and what kinds of vehicles you will need to take all your belongings from one location to the next. Make sure you confirm ahead of time that there are no hidden costs involved in any quotes, too.

Not getting what’s there for free

If you haven’t packed yet, then reconsider how you do it. If you get boxes and packing materials from either the moving company or your local supply stores, you’re spending money that might be unnecessary. A lot of businesses such as grocery stores, hardware stores, and the like might have boxes they would otherwise crush and recycle. You can get it free from them. Instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts, you should consider using paper to pack your boxes. Blankets, sheets, and even old socks can fit just as well. So long as your possessions are well cushioned, the material isn’t the most important thing.

Make the distance

If you’re moving long distance, there are a few ways to prepare in advance. Rather than having the moving company help you unpack and set up all night, extending your costs, just have them bring the boxes in and leave. You can save money and unpack yourself the next day, bringing an overnight bag to spend the night there. If it’s a very long distance and you’re moving your stuff yourself, see if you can stay at a relative’s or a friend’s on the way there instead of having for fork out for a motel.

Moving day can be surprisingly expensive on top of quite a labor. But it doesn’t have to be. The tips above are going to help you prepare in advance not just to budget things but to make the move as painless as possible.

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