First, let us get this out of the way. There is a rumor going around that moving yourself is the cheapest way to go. Well, it is not entirely true. Have you checked out the cost to hire a mover? You might be surprised. For example, the typical cost to move a one-bedroom apartment is $297, if you use Royal Moving Co. At $89 per hour, with no hidden fees, it is hard to beat the cost even with a DIY move, and you save a lot more in health and well-being, because using a professional mover reduces stress and anxiety by 100 PERCENT.
1) The Hidden Costs of Moving Yourself
Moving yourself gets especially expensive if you plan to rent a truck. While you will certainly save cash if you have a lot of friends, with a lot of moving equipment and a lot of trucks, the savings drops considerably when renting a vehicle. In the end, you might find out you spent more on a U-Haul than it would have cost to hire a moving company, with the additional expense of sweat and tears.
The following are the typical costs to rent a moving truck, according to online directory Kudzu:
- 10′ truck, one-bedroom apartment: $20-$30 per day plus $.69-$1.10 per mile.
- 14′ rental truck, one-bedroom house: $30-$40 per day plus $.69-$1.10 per mile.
- 17′ rental truck, two-bedroom house: $32-$42 per day plus $.69-$1.10 per mile.
- 20′ rental truck, three-bedroom house: $40-$50 per day plus $.69-$1.10 per mile.
- 24′ rental truck, four-bedroom house: $42-$52 per day plus $.69-$1.10 per mile.
- 26′ rental truck: five-bedroom house, $45-$55 per day plus $.69-$1.10 per mile.
There is the additional cost of moving truck insurance, which is about $20 per day. Furthermore, utility dolly rental fees are typically $10 per day, an appliance dolly is $12, and a furniture dolly is $10. A dozen furniture pads is $10, and you will also find an environment fee at the end of your ride that is $5.
In addition, have to cover the gas costs, and these big trucks get about nine miles to the gallon. Add these costs to your daily rate and estimated mileage fee in order to find out if renting a truck is your best bet. Your mileage starts from the time you turn the ignition and head out of the rental truck lot until you return the vehicle, so they add up quickly.
2) Reducing Moving Costs When Hiring a Mover
If you have decided to use a mover, you made a good call because hiring professional movers will reduce your stress, save you time, and help you avoid the physical demands of moving furniture and boxes from one residence to another. Moving crews are experts because they move people everyday; therefore, they are quick and efficient. In addition, if anything is broken or damaged during your move, the movers’ insurance covers the cost of those items.
In many cities, there are additional complications during moving like steep and narrow streets, and limited parking. Professional moving companies know how to navigate the logistics of your move, so that the process isn’t a huge burden for you on moving day. Their competence reduces anxiety, and for you, that might provide a priceless experience.
If you are in no position to move yourself because you do not have the manpower, the right vehicle, or the equipment to move furniture, or you simply don’t have the time, there are ways you can save money when hiring a moving crew. Here are the most important things to consider:
- When hiring a moving crew, do substantial research before your move. If you wait until a few days before your moving date, your options dwindle, and you will have to choose whatever moving company is available regardless of their reputation or the cost. Check reviews and get bids as soon as you know your moving date. Since most moving companies charge by the hour, pay particular attention to the speed of your movers when you read reviews. In addition, find out if a potential moving company adds unexpected additional charges for stairs, heavy and bulky furniture, and extended distances from the parking areas where the move will take place. Hidden fees can add up and shatter your budget. Look for all-inclusive options when looking for moving companies.
- Moving company rates are lowest between September and May because there is less demand, which could reduce your costs up to 30 percent. Therefore, it is smart to move to a new home or apartment during the fall and winter. Also, move during the middle of the week because costs are typically higher on Fridays and on the weekend. Moreover, plan your move for the middle of the day to avoid rush hour traffic, which will increase the moving time and cost because it adds time. Finally, most moves occur at the beginning or end of a month, so a mid-month move could save you money because it is a slower time for moving companies.
- Take the time before the movers arrive to remove any doors in your old and new residence that make it difficult, or impossible, for movers to get your furniture through a doorway. In addition, make sure all of your possessions are packed before the movers arrive. Hourly costs will accrue if a moving crew has to remove doors or wait for you to pack boxes.
- A moving permit is sometimes required to park moving trucks on the street, and the moving company does not acquire the permit. You must obtain the permit through the city. The moving permit process takes up to a week in some cities, so obtain it early, or you might not receive it by your moving date. Also, talk to your new neighbors or your building’s management at your old and new residence about the parking situation before you move. Ask them to assist you with finding a place for your movers to park. If the moving company has to park far away and cart your possessions a long distance, then it will require additional time, which adds to the cost of your final bill. Furthermore, it will cost you money if the movers have to wait for a parking spot or drive around aimlessly trying to find one.
3) Never Buy Moving Boxes
You need cardboard boxes when you move, but buying new ones is expensive, and it certainly does not help the environment to bring new boxes into the world. Used boxes are easy to find, and here are the place that you will find them:
- Craigslist is your best solution for finding boxes on the Internet. Go to the site’s “free stuff” section and use the following search terms in that section to find free boxes and even moving supplies like bubble wrap and other packing material: “cardboard boxes,” “moving boxes,” and “moving supplies.”Once you find the boxes you desire, notify the owner and coordinate a pickup time and location. More container options will be available on Sunday evenings or Monday mornings because that is when people will have unpacked after a weekend of moving.
- Other Internet option for free moving boxes include Freecycle.org, a nonprofit, grassroots website that is trying to reduce the amount of items that are tossed into landfills by providing a way for people to give away their unwanted goods. In addition, check U-Haul Customer Connect, which provides options for linking up with people who are trying to share, exchange, or sell moving boxes and moving supplies in an effort to reduce waste. There are also community groups on Facebook where you can find free boxes, and Nextdoor.com, which is a social network that is specific to your neighborhood, where members share community news and listings, and sometimes the listings include free, used cardboard and packing supplies.
- On a daily basis, retails stores and restaurants are unpacking boxes to fill their shelves. For example, even if you’re not interested in eating at McDonalds or other fast food restaurants, apparently their French fry boxes are all the rage. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to their versatility. The gratitude page called “McDonalds Fry Box Appreciation Society” extols the greatness of these boxes. Fans of the containers say they are super sturdy, and since they carried frozen fries, there is no grease or smell, according to reports. Your best retail options for finding sturdy cardboard boxes include home improvement stores like Lowe’s, Cole Hardware, and Ace, office supply stores like Staples, OfficeMax, and Office Depot, liquor stores, bookstores like Barnes & Noble, shoe stores like DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, pet stores like Petco, grocery stores, department stores like Walmart and Target, as well as dollar stores like Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only, bars, and restaurants. Make a few phone calls to local retail establishments or stop by local businesses for slightly-used boxes.
- Other physical locations to find used boxes include recycling centers, universities at the beginning of each fall and spring semester, and apartment complexes and office buildings, which regularly have new tenants arriving on a monthly basis.
4) Never Buy Moving Supplies
Packing items yourself will save you money, and you can wrap and cushion your fragile belongings in sheets, towels, dishcloths, washcloths, and old newspaper to save money on packing supplies. Also, remember to check Craigslist for used packing supplies, as discussed earlier.
5) Sell and Donate Some Belongings to Make Money and Reduce Moving Costs
The options to selling your seldom-used possessions are vast in the age of the Internet, and you can make a good deal of money that can be used to fund your moving expenses.
The first thing you will want to do is appraise the items that you are selling. Consignment stores can handle this for you. They are experts at evaluating the worth of items, so put the task into their hands, and they will give you a portion of the selling price when a purchase is made. If you do not want to deal with a consignment store, turn to the numerous Internet stores apps that are available to sell your possessions. Some popular spots for selling include the following:
- Amazon Marketplace
- Facebook buy and sell groups
- Decluttr is a great for selling DVDs, cell phones, textbooks, video game consoles, and tablets.
The physical garage sale or yard sale is a better option if you live in a house and the choice is available. You can set prices, barter with people on the spot, not worry about shipping costs or having to schedule times for pickups, and there are no commission fees.
Even donating helps reduce moving time and costs. Most charity organizations offer free curbside pickup if you have enough items to make it worthwhile to them, such as a piece of furniture and a few trash bags full of clothing. Get all of your donated items together, schedule a pick-up, and do it only once to save yourself the time. Also, remember to get a donation voucher from the charity and deduct your good deed from your yearly taxes.
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