Moving into a new home can be exciting and stressful for the whole family. Residential moves require your time, your effort, and of course, your money. Budgetary limits can be worked within if the proper planning takes place before the move. If you’re on a tight budget, here are some of the ways you can work within your budget and save money on residential moves.
Get quotes from different movers
Do your homework and search around for moving companies, both local movers and nationwide. Once you narrow down your list to a select few, ask for a written estimate from each. This estimate should be based on an actual inspection of the stuff you want to move. If a business isn’t willing to send a person to your home to do an estimate, cross them off the list! Movers that only offer to give quotes over the phone can often underestimate the total and may try to charge you for the difference. Moving quotes depend on a wide variety of factors, but Austin Moving Forward’s average move was $1,500 – $2,000 last year.
Avoid hidden fees
Make sure the movers are aware of everything that needs to be moved to avoid any added charges. The cost of your moving fee may increase if any big furniture gets added at the last-minute, so make sure the movers have an itemized list before they show up. Also, if the moving truck has trouble finding parking by your place, they can charge for the extra distance, so plan ahead!
Only take what you need
You never really know how much you have accumulated until you have to pack it all. To avoid unnecessary packing and extra pennies spent on boxes, donate or throw away the things that you don’t need or want. If your current residence allows for garage sales, you could sell your unwanted items to add a bit of extra cash to your moving budget.
Be prepared for the movers on moving day
Have everything packed up and ready to go. Stack boxes 4 high (to easily load on dolly) in the living room or garage and allow movers to put them all in one room at the unload. Disassemble beds, take mirrors off of dressers, and basically prepare all furniture to be moved. Be available to answer the movers’ questions regarding furniture placement. Don’t plan anything else for moving day.
If you’re looking for local movers in Austin, contact Austin’s premier moving company: Austin Moving Forward. We can provide you with a free quote, skilled moving professionals, and assistance with your residential moves.