Check out these five tips for saving some cash on your next cross-country move.
Pick the Right Time to Move
Snagging a bargain on moving has a lot to do with when you are looking to move. While the summertime may be the most convenient time for you to move, it’s also the most convenient time for the rest of the country. June through September is peak season in the moving industry, which is reflected by higher prices and busier moving companies. If you must move during the summer months, be sure to set up your move early in advance. If you try and schedule too late you very well might find yourself with a hefty estimate.
Get a Variety of Estimates
To establish the possible cost of your move, call several moving companies to get as many quotes as you can. After getting a variety of phone estimates, schedule an in-home estimate. During an in-home estimate an employee will come to you home and catalog all of your belongings, providing you with a more accurate price. Be sure not to forget to mention anything as forgotten items can add up come move day and raise the cost of your move.
Hire a Professional
In the short run, going with the cheapest estimate might seem like a great idea. Down the road however the cheapest estimate can easily morph into horrid service or inflated costs. Some companies will offer a dirt-cheap estimate, only to scam you by demanding more money once they have your possessions. Going with a certified professional not only guarantees you a fair deal but allows you peace of mind knowing your goods are in safe hands. To ensure the legitimacy of a potential company it is wise to check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
See if Your Move is Tax-Deductible
If you’re moving over 50 miles for a new job then your move is likely tax deductible. The two conditions for a tax-deductible move are that you’re moving 50+ miles away and that you work for the first year after you move. So if you’re moving 50 miles and plan on holding a job for a while it is definitely something to look into. To check out if you’re eligible, go to the IRS website or read the actual tax form for more information.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
A few unneeded items here and there might not seem like a big deal, but a whole house full of such goods can put a solid dent in your budget. Moves are priced based upon weight, which means every knick-knack you own is money out of your pocket. If you truly need some possessions at your new home, good ideas include having a yard or garage sale, selling your items on eBay or simply donating them to a group like the Salvation Army or the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio.