There is no way around it – moving is expensive. This is especially true if you are moving a great distance or don’t have a truck of your own and must rent one to get the job done. While you will (hopefully) only move once in the near future, you still want to save as much money as possible during the process. Every dollar that you don’t spend on the move is another dollar you have free to spend on that new home. Put the following five moving secrets to save thousands when you move into practice and your bank account will thank you.
Save Thousands of Dollars with These Five Moving Tips
Move Less Stuff
One easy, and obvious, way to save money on the moving process is to simply move less stuff. You almost certainly have things around your house that never get used and have no sentimental value worth holding onto. If you get rid of these items before you move, you can save by renting a truck for less time, paying movers to do less work, etc.
Cardboard Should be Free
Have you ever shopped for cardboard moving boxes at your local moving store? They are shockingly expensive! The reality is that once you use them to complete the move, they will sit in your garage for years until you finally throw them out or give them away. As an alternative, ask around at your local recycling center for used boxes. They should have tons of them lying around and will be happy to supply you with as many as you need.
Don’t Miss the Deduction
Often, moving expenses can be deducted from your federal income tax bill. Keep track of all moving related expenses for use on the tax return you will be filing next spring. Even if it seems like an insignificant amount, every little bit can help. Make sure to consult with a tax professional to ensure that your move qualifies as a deductible expense.
Be a Middle Mover
Moving companies and truck rental companies are far busier around the end/beginning of the month because that’s when most rentals and leases will expire. Therefore, the rates you can find at those times are likely to be much steeper than they would be otherwise. If you are able, schedule your move for the middle of the month and save big on the rates you are quoted for your move.
Do the Legwork Yourself
If you are paying a mover to take care of some of your items, make sure you get the items prepared as well as you can ahead of time. This means taking this apart into smaller pieces, boxing up odd-shaped objects, etc. Remember – you are paying them for their time, so anything you can do on your own will save you money in the long run.