If your budget is tight yet you’re facing a move, you may be understandably concerned with how you’re going to pay for it all. Luckily, there are ways to cut costs here and there so you can move at a price that won’t break the bank. Here are five planning tips for moving on a budget in the Dallas area.
1. Fund Your Move With Stuff You Sell
When you begin the packing process, you’ll likely realize you have a lot of stuff you just don’t need anymore. Put it aside and sell any items you no longer need but that are still in good condition. Hold a yard sale, take your stuff to a consignment shop, or sell online. Any items you don’t sell, you can donate and get a tax write-off.
2. Choose the Right Mover
Hiring the right moving company can take some of the stress off your budget. It’s a fine line between choosing a reputable mover and choosing one that does a great job and won’t charge an arm and a leg. Ask friends and family if they have any recommendations, check out online customer reviews and read Better Business Bureau reports. Get written estimates from three different moving companies but be wary of low estimates of companies that will only give you an over-the-phone quote.
3. Choose a More Affordable Time
If you have some leeway in when you need to move, try to schedule it in the off-season to save some cash. The busiest times to move are weekends, at the end of the month, and during the summer. If you’ve got flexibility, use it to your advantage so you can get a lower rate by moving during the week or in winter.
4. DIY Some of the Moving Tasks
While it’s wise to hire a mover for the heavy lifting and transport, there are a few things you can do yourself to save some money. Do your own packing, and be sure to label everything clearly so the movers know exactly where to put the boxes. Be ready when the movers come to your house so no one wastes any time in getting the job done. After all, time is money!
5. Pack Efficiently
When doing your own packing, do so efficiently to save space, boxes and materials. Use towels or clothing to pad boxes rather than buy bubble wrap or packing paper. Use gently used boxes from a local grocery store rather than buy brand new ones. Just be sure to reinforce the bottoms with tape. And make sure they are clean!
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Here at Around the Clock, our prices are competitively and fairly priced so as to meet anyone’s budget. To get a free estimate and see what we mean, contact us today at 469-853-0045.