Its just a few boxes and furniture, how much can moving really cost? Sometimes, a lot. People are sometimes caught off guard by how much moving costs them. Executing a move requires some serious planning and budgeting. On top of the costs of buying or renting a new home or apartment, you need to allocate funds for the move itself. Here are some of the biggest expenses and some tips to reduce your final cost.
It should come as no surprise that a moving truck can be a large moving expense. Whether renting the truck for a self move or hiring a company, you can expect to pay a nice chunk of change for this vehicle. There is not really a way around this expense unless you can fit all your belongings in your vehicle. Knowing how much you are moving though can help you prepare for the cost. Common sense tells you the bigger truck or van you get the more it costs. Don’t let common sense fail you when picking a truck size. Determining the best size of truck for your move will help you to not pay for excess room as well as prevent you from not fitting all your items in it. Similarly with a moving company, the lighter the load they move, the less you will have to pay.
If you plan to hire the help of a moving company, you will need to pay for the labor and services. It is often helpful to hire professionals, but this means added costs; the labor and services are great especially with heavy furniture, but prepare your wallet for the hit. Free labor from friends and family is always a great option. And even if you hire movers, packing as much as you can beforehand will help to cut down on the time and cost. Doing your research will also benefit you. Comparing prices and finding a reputable mover will help you make the most cost-effective decision.
Sometimes the timing just doesn’t line up. Your things will arrive before you can take the delivery or you are not ready for your items to go to your new home. When these situations arise, you will need to find storage for your goods, which can get pricey. Preparing is key when storing your items. You will want to research what storage facilities meet your needs, both in price point, security, size, and condition of the unit. If possible, getting a trusted friend or family member to store a few items will help cut down this cost.
Boxes and Materials
It comes as a surprise to some just how expensive moving materials can be. Most moving companies will assess a materials fee. The price doesn’t get better buying boxes from a store. This expense is relatively easy to get around though. Procuring previously used boxes from friends and family or on the internet can decrease this cost. Utilizing household materials when packing is another trick to at least partially eliminate the need for packing paper.
These are some of the common expenses you will encounter when moving. Other things will pop up, so it is important to set aside funds for your relocation. Thoroughly planning your move will help you know what you can expect to pay for and where you DIY to save money.