Moving in NYC can be very challenging both for you and your wallet, but don’t be discouraged by the calculation of moving costs. There are still a few tricks for moving on a tight budget. It’s not necessary to spend enormous amount of cash during the moving process at all. A good strategy can help you save a lot of money. However, luck of finances may require thorough preparation, time and energy from your end.
First of all, decide whether you need professional moving assistance or you can perform the move on your own. People mostly have the wrong impression that moving on their own is somehow cheaper than hiring professional movers. After the move they actually realize that renting moving truck and purchasing/renting other moving supplies is more expensive than hiring professionals. So, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises compare carefully both options before making the final decision. Here are some main points to take into consideration:
– Research carefully the moving companies you are interested in. Take a look at online reviews, previous customers’ experiences, references, and check every single company at FMCSA. Get as many quotes as you can and don’t fall for an extremely low moving costs estimate. If it’s too good to be true, be aware that something’s wrong and remember – good service does cost money. Risky movers can cause a lot of troubles, so stay away from them. In case you are moving during fall or winter, there’s a possibility to negotiate about the rate and get a discount. So, set a moving date during the off-season and avoid peak seasons. By hiring professional moving company you can save a lot of time and energy, but unless you want to be charged additionally, take care of as many tasks as you can. The movers can provide you with all information regarding the packing process, so get to work. If you cannot handle packing of some items, just leave them in the middle of the room where movers will have an easy access.
– If DIY option still seems more affordable, you should have a few facts in mind. A rush hour is not the part of the day when you will drive your moving truck. Also, make sure to gather enough helpers – friends, relatives, neighbors,…
Start planning moving a few months ahead in order to create moving strategy according to your budget. On the other hand, last-minute moving rush requires some additional, unexpected costs.
Moving usually turns out to be more expensive than expected, which is especially problematic if your funds are already limited. Having some savings can allow you to cover some of the hidden moving costs, so be informed about all possible additional costs that might appear while moving.
Being resourceful enough you can get boxes without purchasing them. There are a lot of them available in your nearest liquor store, grocery store, book store, restaurant…You can probably find them at your workplace or get it from a friend who has moved recently. Once the move is done, you will realize that there is a lot of waste. However, you can get rid of those boxes by selling them or by recycling them. And mind your environment while moving!
Also, there’s a way to save some money on packing. Use your suitcases or bags to pack clothes. Instead of buying air bubble cushioning material, you can wrap all fragile items in bed linens, blankets, clothes, napkins… However, this option is good for you wallet, but not so convenient for your washing machine and people usually realize that while unpacking.
Remember to discontinue services provided by utility companies (cable, internet,…) so that you don’t have to pay for an extra month. You can live without cable for a week or two.
While sorting your goods, you will notice those you don’t want to use any more. The easiest way may be to throw them away, but try organizing a garage sale. In order to reduce the load, get rid of unnecessary or unused items by donating or selling them. You could certainly use an extra cash and at the same time, packing and unpacking will be much easier. Persons who are loading and unloading the truck will be grateful, too.