If you are going to be moving your household in the near future, you may be trying to decide on hiring movers or doing the job yourself. If you start enough in advance, you can probably cut quite a bit of the cost of professionals. This will help you stay within your budget and yet get you the help you need. Here are a few things to do.
Reduce and Recycle
Starting a few months before you plan on moving, go through your belongings. Everyone is going to have to be honest in what they actually use and what will be needed. Get rid of things that are broken, worn, or just stuck in a closet somewhere. You can give them to friends, throw them away, or take them to the recycling plant. If you already have the new house picked out, be sure to get measurements on all the rooms and cabinets. If your furniture is not going to fit, sell off some pieces. If you have too many kitchen gadgets, keep only the ones you use frequently. The less the movers have to haul, the less they are going to charge you.
Do as much of the packing yourself as possible. You can start early with the seasonal items you won’t be using until after the move. By the week of the move, everything should be packed except the clothing and items you have to have to get through the week. Not only will this save you from having to pay the movers to do the packing, it will save you money on box costs. Instead of paying for boxes, hit up your local convenient and grocery stores, ask them to save the boxes for you and pick them up daily.
If all the boxes are labeled with the room they belong in, you will not have to stand by the truck and tell the movers where to take them. This frees you up to help unload the truck. The less time the movers are working, the less the move will cost you.
Ask a few different moving companies for quotes on the move. Be sure to tell them that you will be doing most of the packing and helping unload. Find out how many people will be working and if part of the cost is based on their hourly wages. Don’t forget to look into renting the truck yourself and just hiring the movers as this might be less expensive. The main thing is to get good, strong help to get your belongings where they need to be.
For more information, contact professionals like Dixie Moving and Storage Inc..