Tips For When You’re Moving Across The Country
Are you going to be moving long-distance? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of moving. There are so many things that need to be done for a movie to be successful, and it can seem like an arduous task. But, if you plan ahead and do your homework beforehand, you will have a much smoother process.
Moving long distances can be a tedious task. You need to pack up everything you own, schlep it across the country, and then unpack it at your new place. So, it’s no wonder that many people dread moving and will do anything to avoid doing so!
But what if I told you there are ways in which you could move long distances for cheap? In this article, we’ll discuss some of those ways.
1. Plan your long-distance move in advance
The first step to a successful move is planning it in advance. You don’t want your moving date to sneak up on you and leave you scrambling for last-minute solutions.
So, think of the things that need to be done before moving – changing your address, packing everything up, finding someone trustworthy enough who will help with loading and unloading trucks or vans, reserving overnight accommodations at either end of the trip, the list goes on!
The more time you give yourself to plan ahead (at least six months), the less likely you will forget something essential and less you will spend. Just remember that you have other people’s needs to consider when making these plans and any pets involved in your move.
2. Book your moving date wisely
Booking your moving date beforehand seems like an easy solution to save money, but you’ll want to take into account a few other factors before making the final call.
If it’s during peak season (July and August), prices will be higher- don’t expect any great deals as this time of year is when everyone else has booked their move too!
Also, consider what climate will greet you at your destination – if winters are harsh or summers unbearably hot, then choosing a different month may result in more savings.
Finally, remember that not all months have the same number of days, so keep this in mind while calculating costs for rental trucks and labor hours needed to complete your move. Choosing weekdays may cut labor costs by almost half.
3. Get quotes from multiple movers
If you plan to hire movers, look into a list of cheap long-distance movers and try getting quotes from multiple companies. There are many movers out there, and they all have different prices for their services. This will give you a chance to compare costs and see what the best deal is for you.
4. Declutter and sell or donate unwanted stuff
Your house may be full of things, but carrying everything along with you to the new home may not be a good idea, so you need to declutter and get rid of unnecessary stuff by selling or donating them so that you can save a lot of money on shifting these things from one place to another.
Numerous companies will come to your home and pick up your stuff for free. Although you may have a bit of a more challenging time finding one during Covid-19, as many have put visiting homes on hold. Moving during the pandemic has been more challenging for everyone.
5. Rent a moving container
You can rent a moving container from a company like PODS and fill it with the things you don’t want to carry or donate. However, the containers are usually stored in warehouses and delivered when needed, so they’re not always available for pickup on short notice.
This is often cheaper than hiring movers altogether because labor may be charged at a per-hour rate but renting a large self-storage space will cost upfront no matter how long you need it for.
The downside of this option is that while your stuff will arrive undamaged, there’s also less flexibility if you have unpredicted changes in plans such as needing to move earlier than expected or staying longer where you currently live before coming back home again.
6. Find cheap moving supplies
You can look for budget-friendly moving supplies. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s worth looking into cheap and affordable packing materials.
For example, you can often find cheaper boxes at grocery stores than from shipping companies or other suppliers, in addition to discounted tape and labels that are still high quality. It may also be possible to purchase used furniture for storage if this is something else you’ll need when setting up your new home.
7. Pack by yourself
Instead of hiring movers, you can do the packing yourself.
If you’re not hiring movers to move your things, it may be possible for you and a friend or family member to do all of the moving. This will give you more control over how quickly and efficiently everything is packed up by eliminating waiting on someone else’s availability schedule. You can also save money this way if you don’t have help from friends or family members willing to lend a hand during the process.
It might be worth considering whether hiring only one mover would still make sense given that they could bring in their crew as necessary throughout each day since they won’t need any breaks as an entire moving company would require between shifts.
8. Look for discounts while hiring a moving company
Many discounts can be found while hiring a moving company. For example, if you hire the movers for your office, they might offer an office move discount, lowering costs significantly. If you are in the military or are a senior citizen, you may also find that you can get a break on what is charged for the move.
If you do a bit of due diligence, you should be able to bring down some of your moving costs.
Moving long distances is expensive, and it’s not something to take lightly. However, these tips will help make this process more affordable so let get started! Hopefully, you have enjoyed our guide on how to move long distances for a lower cost.
About the author: The above article on cheap ways to move long distance was written by Kelly Cooper. Kelly is married to a wonderful supporting husband, John, and mother to three kids. She lives in Texas and works as a writer for a Real Estate company. Kelly loves cooking innovative food for her kids and exploring new places.