One of the most overwhelming and stressful tasks is when you have to pull off your move out of state on a strict budget. The good news is that there are tons of people who do this almost every day and that is not the best part about it either. The best part is that you can move in style without having to pay the luxury price tags attached to anything. Check out these five moving tips that will help you move without breaking the bank.
1. Manage Your Moving Expenses
It isn’t just you and your family that is moving; you are moving everything you own in your house, and you want it all to be moved in the safest possible way ever. The best thing to do is first allocate the amount you want to treat as the moving budget. In fact, do this before you even contact any moving companies for quotes! Some things you should remember to factor in are extra security charges, and where you will spend the night for a break when you are halfway to your new home.
When you have a rough estimate of a budget, it will make it a lot easier for you to divide tasks accordingly. Throughout the move, this is what will keep you from overspending and in control of the expenses. Also, remember that you should aim to spend less and leave a bit of a margin in your budget. This is helpful if there is an emergency or you need to add something last minute.
Another important detail that most people forget is that IRS lets you deduct some costs if you are moving to the new state because of a job. Therefore, whatever you spend on regarding your move and for the duration of it, you should save all the receipts. This way when you are filing your taxes you can use these to file under tax returns. You must remember though that the expenses the Internal Revenue Service lets you deduct are a rental vehicle, accommodation during the move, and car gas.
2. Change Your Bank before the Move
This is because when you get to the state you are moving to, you won’t have to worry about any local ATMs of your bank. Every time you use a cash machine that is out of the network, you pay around $3. The smart way to go about it is to opt for an online bank where you don’t have to bother looking for the same network ATM at all.
You have probably heard this word a hundred times and never paid heed to it, which is probably because you never needed to, till now. One of the best money saving tip when moving is to only take the things you need with you to the new house. This is easier said than done and needs quite a bit of work. In fact, you should be well on your way in the de-cluttering phase weeks before the moving day. Remember you would have to pay the moving company according to the weight of your overall possessions in the van.
The best way to get rid of things you don’t need is to separate all those items you have not used for more than a year. Chances are you have forgotten them or have no use for them anymore. Remember, if you haven’t used an item in a long while, you might not need them at all in the future. These might come in handy to somebody else. You can even sell the high-end stuff you don’t need and use that money towards the move. You will find many people who use portals like eBay, and Craigslist to sell things.
4. Don’t Pay to Get Things Packed
Most people leave the ordeal of packing to the moving companies, many times it is the moving company that will send the boxes to the clients too. As far as packing materials go, your house already has everything you could need.
Bags, baskets, old cardboard boxes and trash cans – these can be used to pack items. You can use sheets, and towels as cushioning materials too. You can even get free boxes. A lot of retailers offer boxes they don’t need, and they are more than happy to help you with that.
You should also consider packing everything by yourself. This way you will know where to keep the valuables, it is ideal to take these items with you in the car. Some people even throw a packing party, which is a sort of the last thing they do together with their friends, and it gets the job done without you feeling like it is tiring, or emotionally exhausting if you have never moved out of state before.
5. Ask for Quotes
Do not cut off services that you will absolutely need to your moving company. However, it does help that you shortlist all the companies after you have gotten references. Once you have, make sure you ask exactly what services they offer and what they cover; many moving companies will have insurance too. This way you will not be judging and comparing them with the overall cost they have quoted you but with how much they are offering in terms of service that will save you money elsewhere.
And there you have it, all the ways you can save money while moving to another state with ease and comfort. It helps if you start prepping weeks before the big move, instead of waiting for the last few days.