There is no doubt about it - moving is an expensive process. It doesn't matter if you are moving down the street or across the country; you are going to expend a lot of money, time and effort getting all of your possessions from one place to another.
If you want to make the process as easy a possible on yourself (not to mention your wallet) check out the following tips:
Avoid High Demand Periods and be Flexible with Your Move
Do you remember high school economics? If not here's a quick reminder: The higher the demand is for something, the more it will cost.
It is because of this simple rule that moving at certain peak periods will cost you a pretty penny. It you can be flexible with your move, try to schedule it in the middle of the month and avoid both summer and winter holidays, as they are both popular moving times.
Get Multiple Quotes from Moving Companies
Just like you get multiple insurance quotes when you call Frimark/Keller & Associates Insurance Agency, you should compare multiple quotes from moving companies when you need to relocate. This allows you to get the most qualified and professional movers for a good price.
Pare Down Your "Stuff"
Instead of packing up everything in your home, now is the time to clean out some of the stuff that you no longer need. Put aside things that you no longer want and either donate them to a charitable organization or hold a yard sale to make some extra cash.
Don't Pay for Your Boxes
While you could certainly go to a home improvement store to buy moving boxes, you can also sometimes get them for free from grocery or liquor stores. You can also call your local newspaper to ask about getting free or very cheap newsprint remnants to wrap up your breakable items.
Learn About "Media Mail"
If you have a lot of books that need to be relocated, you may find that it is cheaper to mail them through the US Postal Service's Media Mail program than it is to pack and move them with a moving company. Just be sure that your package contains only eligible materials, otherwise it could be returned to you with a request for additional postage.
Do as Much Pre-Move Prep as You Can
Typically, moving companies charge by the hour. This means that the more you are able to do yourself, the less the movers will be able to charge you for. So before your movers show up make sure that everything is securely packed and ready to be loaded into the truck.
Check Your Home Insurance Coverage
Before you buy the insurance offered by your moving company, see if your home insurance already covers you. Call Frimark/Keller & Associates Insurance Agency at 847-907-4520 to speak with an insurance agent. They will be able to assess your current coverage and will help you make sure that your possessions are covered for your move.