How To Cut Down On Long Distance Moving Costs

Written by Karen Bryan

Moving is difficult – not just emotionally but financially as well. Sure, bidding farewell to your old hometown can bring little tears to your eyes but thinking about moving costs will definitely make those tears bigger. It’s just that costly to move out of an old home.

That is, if you don’t have a trick under your sleeve.

Lucky for you, today we’re not just going to teach you one trick; we’ll be teaching you three. Moving out doesn’t have to be too painful on your pocket. I mean, you’re already carrying emotional baggage with you because of the relocation and all. The last thing you need is to worry about how on earth you’re going to pay for the move. You certainly don’t have the option to carry everything on a backpack (or, do you?) so the best course of action you can take is to simply follow our advice.

I assure you, you’re not going to regret it. So without further ado, let’s go!

Declutter Your Home

Trust me, there are far more things you don’t need inside your home than you know. We tend to buy things because of immediate necessity. However, when the need for that certain “thing” ceases to be, we still don’t let go of it. We just pack it, stock it, and leave it to collect dust. The same goes with furniture. We keep buying stuff because of shallow reasons such as trends and curiosity and find ourselves completely not needing them in the end. These kinds of objects lie all around our houses and we don’t really need to bring them when we move to another place (read more). Why?It’s because they have no current purpose. If you do end up bringing them, it would be as if you just brought them to gather dust in a different place. It really defeats purpose of starting “anew.”

When you begin packing, you should start organizing and segregating your belongings too. Isolate everything that you don’t see yourself using six months down the road – or a year even. If you don’t need it in the next 6 months and if you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, then there’s a pretty good chance you won’t need it at all. Gather everything you’re willing to let go of and maybe host a garage sale before your move. Not only will this activity help you declutter; it will help you earn a few bucks to pay for the move as well. How about that? Two birds with one stone!

Opt For Partial Moves

If you followed our advice and decluttered your home before the move, you should end up with less stuff to bring. This means that you’ll need less “moving space.” Normally, you would get a truck or contract with a moving company to help you transport your things to the place you’re moving to – be it overseas or just across town. But now that you have less baggage, you wouldn’t need as much space anymore. Renting out an entire truck suddenly seems pretty impractical.

Generally speaking the average costs of moving would be somewhere around $450 to $3500 just for a two bedroom apartment. The latter is the average cost for a long distance move. Now, this amount can definitely give you headaches. So instead of hiring movers or getting a whole truck just for yourself, try partial movers.

Partial moves allow you to rent only the space and labor you require. It’s kind of like carpooling; you’re sharing the service with a different person who’s likely moving some place near or along your new residence. Partial moves are often calculated based on the weight and space your belongings will take up in the moving truck. It’s cheaper and definitely more practical than hiring your own movers!

Choose A Good Company

>Finally, you can follow both suggestions we have given you above but if you’re with the wrong company, then there is still no assurance that your move will go smoothly. Choose a company that will give you the best and most honest deals. Be strict about hidden charges; ask them right out if they include additional costs to the move that are not made known to the client. You would want a company that gives you the right price. If you want to know more about how much a usual move costs, you can check this article out: