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Inexpensive Solutions For Moving To A New State
Dated: December 24 2019
With so many of my clients getting ready to move to our beautiful state of Idaho, I thought a few money saving tips might help. Here is what moving.com suggests...
Looking for cheap ways to move cross country? We don’t blame you. Given that the American Moving and Storage Association claims that the average cost of hiring professional movers for an interstate move is $4,300, (based on an average weight of 7,400 pounds and average distance of 1,225 miles) it’s understandable how you might be a tad concerned about the costs involved. Fortunately, there are less expensive ways to handle an out-of-state move. From hiring labor-only movers to renting a shipping container, it’s possible to move cross country without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ways you can save money on your next long distance move.
Rent a portable moving container Renting a portable moving container is one of the most popular alternatives to using full-service movers. For starters, renting a portable moving container is much cheaper than hiring a professional moving company. Second, portable moving containers can also double as storage solutions before and after the move. Costs will depend on the length of time you decide to rent the container and the size of the container. In general, renting a moving container for a long distance move tends to cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 per month. Compare that to the $4,000 to $6,000 that a professional moving company will likely charge, and you’ll see the difference. To move using a moving container, all you have to do is load your boxes and belongings, and the container company will do the rest. Popular moving container companies include: PODS, ABF’s U-Pack ReloCubes, United Mayflower’s container, Go Mini’s, U-Haul’s U-Boxes, and 1-800-PACK-RAT – just to name a few.
Find free moving boxes and supplies One of the best ways to cut costs on a long distance move is by gathering and using as many free moving supplies as possible. This means seeking out boxes, bubble-wrap and newspaper from nearby retailers, online marketplaces and community groups. Several places to look for free moving supplies include: Craigslist, local liquor stores, U-Haul Box Exchange, Nextdoor.com, bookstores, friends and neighbors, offices, recycling drop-off points, grocery stores, Freecycle, local schools and big box retailers. I also recommend asking friends and family for any boxes that they may have lying around.
Rent a moving truck If you’re prepared to not only move but drive across the country, consider renting a moving truck from a reputable truck rental company. By embarking on a DIY move, you’ll be saving thousands of dollars. For example with U-Haul you could rent a truck for a one way move which would have a set price for the truck rental, the distance traveled, as well as insurance costs. Additionally, you would have to pay for additional fuel costs for the distance traveled. Of course, keep in mind that truck rentals don’t get great gas mileage. In fact, a typical truck rental only gets around 10 mpg. If you’re moving 2,000 miles, that means it’ll take around 200 gallons of gas to get you to your destination. If the truck rental’s fuel capacity is around 30 gallons, you’ll need to stop at least 7 times for gas to make it to your destination. Several truck rental options include U-Haul, Budget, Enterprise and Penske.
Use a freight trailer One of the best ways to haul your belongings across the country is to use a large freight moving trailer instead of a moving company. How it works: a freight moving trailer company will drop off a large trailer (28 ft.) and give you three days to load it. After three days, the company will pick it up and drive it to your new home. Several freight trailer companies to look into include U-Pack, Estes SureMove and Old Dominion Household Services. The cost of renting a freight trailer is usually several thousand dollars cheaper than hiring a full-service moving company. For reference, HireAHelper states that the average cost of a long distance move with a U-Pack moving trailer is $3,015.
Choose a better moving date Believe it or not – when you move can make a big impact on the cost of your relocation. Avoiding peak moving days and times could potentially save you money on truck rentals, moving companies and more. A few peak moving dates to avoid (if possible) include weekends, the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the first and last weeks of the month. Aim for a mid-day, mid-month move between the months of October to April. For more information on the best times to move, check here.
Ship your stuff Shipping your belongings is a great way to move cross country – especially if you don’t have many household belongings. In addition to shipping items via USPS, you can also ship larger objects through various service providers online, such as uShip.com. This website makes it easy to find the right shipping partner. All you have to do is create a listing for your shipment, and select the service provider and bid that suits your needs and price point.
Have your company pay for the move Land a new job? Congrats! If you’re moving for work, I highly recommend inquiring about the company’s relocation policies. Many companies will pay for all or part of the move, so it’s certainly worth asking the HR department. If your company does pay for the relocation, be sure to save all moving receipts (even your receipts for moving supplies). This way you’ll be able to document your expenses and get properly reimbursed for the move.
Hire moving labor Looking for someone to help you load and unload your truck rental? Fortunately, there are plenty of moving labor alternatives to hiring a full-service moving company. Several labor-only options include HireAHelper and College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving. These services may also include junk removal services, donation pickups, and packing help. In addition, you can check out Moving Help, an online marketplace that will help you search and locate local moving services in your area. By hiring labor only instead of a full-service moving company, you’ll be saving thousands of dollars.
Enlist friends and family Of course, besides hiring moving labor, you can always ask friends and family to help. If you’re looking for the cheapest solution, this is probably it. However, you may have to work around other people’s schedules, and you may want to pay your friends back in some other way, such as pizza, wine or a gift card.
Look for discounts Before you move, do your research on moving companies, moving containers, truck rentals and moving supply retailers that offer deals and discounts. For those who serve or have served in the military, you can find various military discounts offered at several companies, including PODS, U-Pack, Budget, Penske, North American Van Lines and more. Member of AAA? You can save on moving services at Atlas Van Lines, Extra Space Storage, and Penske. Those looking for moving supplies can also find deals and discounts through Moving.com’s box center. We’ve partnered with UBoxes.com and UsedCardboardBoxes.com to help you buy the necessary moving boxes and packing supplies at great prices.
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