Renters, by and large, believe moving can be a stressful and expensive time. Hiring professionals can definitely be an option when it comes to decreasing the workload when moving, but it also comes 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. Moving to your next single-family rental home doesn’t have to be too costly. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way in no time.
First, make your next move more affordable by not bringing so many of your personal belongings with you. Your move can be cost-efficient if you choose to donate or sell any unwanted personal items, furniture, or other belongings.
Prior to 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. Look for establishments in your area. They just might have empty boxes they’re willing to give to you. 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.
Also, one method to save some money on your next move is to pack your own boxes. Plenty of professional movers will offer packing services, but at a price. Towels, blankets, personal effects — grab a box and fill it up. No need to get billed by the hour for a service you can do yourself.
Of course, there are other ways to trim down your costs should you choose to hire a professional mover in Bellevue. An option could be to try and choose a date and time for your move that is off-season or less in demand. Prices in many places are a bit cheaper between September and May and on weekdays. In line with being cost-effective, try 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. Instead of availing of multiple services, narrow down the services that are essential to your needs. Some professional movers have a transport-only option. In the case that you are moving to a new state and driving a rental truck by yourself is not an option, this can be a great way to avoid paying for a full-service moving company while still getting the help that you need.
Another great way to cut costs is to simply ask for help from your friends and family when moving day comes. But what if you can’t find enough people to volunteer for help? Then 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.
On a final note, if your transfer is related to your employment, there might be a possibility for the company to reimburse you for your moving costs. Some employers will pay some or all of an employee’s costs, especially if the move is long-distance. Don’t hesitate to bring this concern to your employer before you move, and make sure to save all your receipts. 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 little diligence and preparation can go a long way to saving you a lot of money and trouble for your next move.
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