For renters, in general, moving can be a stressful and expensive time. Though hiring professionals can alleviate the challenges of moving, those services often come with 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. Transitioning to your next single-family rental home can be inexpensive, only if you follow a few simple steps.
First of all, don’t bring too many things along with you. Keep it minimal. That’s one way of keeping your move more affordable. Considering donating or selling unwanted personal items, furniture, or other belongings. In doing so, you are limiting the expenses of your move.
When the time comes 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. Local vendors tend to have a couple of empty boxes lying around. Ask around if any of them are willing to give some 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.
Next, pack your boxes. Don’t hire someone else to do it for you. This here is another great way to save some money. For a price, many professional movers will offer packing services. Of course, this is additional expenditure — not exactly cost-effective. Save yourself from being billed by the hour for expensive packing services by packing your own boxes. You can even save on bubble wrap by using towels and blankets to protect fragile items.
Other ways to help trim those costs are available if you ever decide to hire a professional mover in Muskegon. Set your move to a date and time that is off-season or less in demand. Prices in many places are a bit cheaper between September and May and on weekdays. Another method of reducing costs is to 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. Certain professional movers offer an option for transport-only services. This is helpful if you want to cut down on costs and pack your own boxes. Suppose you don’t want to drive a rental truck by yourself when moving to a new state. This option is a great way to avoid paying for a full-service moving company while still getting the help that you need.
You don’t have to bear the heavy burden of moving all by yourself when the day to move finally comes. Have friends and family over and ask for their help. In doing so, you’re not only relieving yourself of stress but also cutting down on costs. If there aren’t any volunteers, 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.
To conclude, a few of your moving costs might be reimbursed if the reason for your transfer of location is due to your job. Ask the company if this is something they are offering. Some employers will pay some or all of an employee’s costs, especially if the move is long-distance. Prior to moving, inquire with your employer. Save all of your receipts and have them ready to be presented, just in case. 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. A few well-thought-out strategies can go a long way towards cost-efficiency with regard to your next move.
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