So you put in an offer on a new home and you got the good news that it’s been accepted. The next thing, aside from getting a home inspection is to secure movers. Moving can be quite expensive and if you have your money tied up with the purchase of your new home, coming up with the monies can become challenging. After the deal closes completely, you can apply for a small loan to cover the moving expenses from a company like LendingClub.com or, you can find ways to cut costs, some of which are listed below.
Getting the Best Price on Movers
If you are moving across the country, packing your home up and transporting it on your own may not be the best option. The good news is that there are an abundance of moving companies listed online and their prices are not all the same. Ask around with family, friends and co-workers to see what company they used and what their experience was. After creating a list of three or four companies contact them one by one to get a quote. The time of year and the day of the week can also affect the rates, so inquire how to get the best rates available. Also, if you don’t mind doing some of the labor, like packing up the boxes, this will also reduce the bill.
The cost of supplies such as boxes and material to pack the boxes to prevent damage to your goods can add up quickly. Depending on the number of things you have to move, this can translate into a few hundred dollars. Instead, find out from the moving company the number of boxes allowed and the exact dimensions. Then contact retail stores in your area to see if they have any boxes that you can have. As for the packing, sheets, newspaper, towels and even coffee filters work just fine and they are free. You will need bubble wrap for your large television, however, if you go to a discount dollar store, more than likely they carry it at a reasonable price.
Lighten the Load
If you have a house full from the basement to the attic chances are good you don’t use a third of what you own. Before packing everything up and paying for things you no longer want or no longer need, consider selling things online or at a yard sale. You benefit by having a smaller blueprint in a moving truck and you’ll make a little extra money to offset the cost of your move.
Stop Extra Expenses
If you want to come up with a few hundred dollars between now and the moving date all you need to do is tighten your belt and forgo the extras. If you do away with things like your morning coffee on the fly, eating lunch and dining out, these few changes will add up to a lot of saved cash over just the course of a month.
Moving can cost a lot of money. However, if you shop around for the best movers, select a date during the offseason, downsize and are willing to do some of the work on your own, you can make it much more affordable.