When you start packing, notice all of the clothes that still have hangers pointing at you. That means you haven’t worn those clothes recently and you should sell them.
Budget Note: Feeling sentimental about some of the things you are selling? Take a picture. While it might feel magnificent to have the thing you want to keep, you have to make some hard decisions to pinch pennies. Keep the memory alive and take a picture. It cuts down space and lets you hold on to what’s special.
Pack up non-"special" belongings such as clothes, dishes, cups, and more household items.
Budget Note: Old newspaper can work as cushion for moving items.
Create a thorough moving inventory of what is coming with you
Determine which items need professional movers
Move non-“special” items into all possible storage spaces in vehicles that are moving with you
For especially long trips, send certain items via mail
Budget Note: Instead of forcing another box into a full moving truck, you can pack and ship items as parcels to an address or temporary P.O. Box in your new city for as little as a dollar per pound. This leaves only the essentials in your moving truck, allowing you to move without having to upgrade to a more expensive vehicle. Don’t use this tactic for moving across town, as it could cost much more than its worth.
If you are dedicated to doing this without professional movers, enlist the help of friends with trucks. Use old blankets to secure precious cargo and make sure those items are locked down.
5. Moving Insurance
Without insurance, an accident during a move could set you back a lot. Instead of avoiding it and taking the risk on lengthy moves, you might look into professional movers and see if using them would offset any insurance investments from the moving company.
6. Investigate Tax Incentives
The IRS lets you write off your move if you relocated due to employment. Indicate this on your taxes during the next year to help with your budget.
7. Overestimate Your Budget for the Move
Ask yourself too many questions. That way, when emergencies arise (and they will), you will be prepared. Some questions you should ask:
- How many days will it take?
- How many hours will your family travel each day?
- Will you be staying in a hotel with all of your items?
- Do you need to get a temporary storage facility for all of your items?
- Will you need to buy food on the road?
- How many times will you need to fill up on gas?
If you have any other questions or tips about cheap moving, contact Dependable Relo. If you are also in a financial bind, talk with us. We can work with you to get the best rates possible for your long move.