Moving within your town or a few blocks down the street is nothing compared to a long-distance move. The logistics for a long distance move require a carefully planned and executed strategy to keep costs as low as possible. Below are tips on how to execute a less costly long distance move.
1. Plan Ahead
Moving companies have a peak and off-peak seasons; they price their services accordingly. Schedule your long-distance move to a date when moving prices are low. This requires careful advance planning. For instance, scheduling your move during the September and May off-season will not only get you lower charges, but you will also most likely move at a more convenient date.
You might also want to keep off statutory and national holidays to avoid higher moving charges. Moving during the off-peak season also means there is less traffic on roads, and, consequently, lower accident incidences.
2. Compare Quotes
To get the best deal and value, compare quotes from at least two companies. While it is tempting to go for the lowest quote, make sure the moving company has the capacity to handle your long-distance move efficiently. What you should be looking for is the cost-effectiveness of a service and not necessarily the lowest quote. Sign up the company with a reputation for professional services and customer satisfaction. You always get what you pay for.
3. Rent or Borrow Instead of Buying
You can keep costs down by using what you already have, or by borrowing supplies. Ask for help with transportation if this is available to you. If you can borrow or rent cheaply, by all means, do so you can complete your move within budget. You might want to borrow a trailer or pickup truck from a friend, which could be a viable alternative to hiring a moving company, or renting. The trick to lowering your costs is to use what you have and leverage on the goodwill of friends and relatives.
4. Improvise Packing Boxes You Already Have
You can use cardboard boxes lying around to limit the number of new packing boxes you may have to buy.
5. Only Carry What You Need
Don’t bring along everything you have. If you don’t use an item, do not bring it with you. You could give it away, sell it, or have a friend with large storage keep it for you until you decide what to do with it.
6. Redeem Points, Coupons, Gift Cards, and Credits
The costs of a long-distance move, especially the journey, can really add up. You will need to buy food, pay for accommodation, storage, parking, fuel, flights, etc. Redeem loyalty points you have accumulated and use credits, gift cards and coupons to keep your expenses down.
7. Rest and Have Adequate Sleep
To stay rested, especially if your move involves travelling for several days, you need to sleep well. However, keep off the roadside hotels and motels and instead, if the weather is good, pitch camp along the journey. Camping can turn a tedious long-distance move into a vacation, without the expense of motels or hotels. It might also be a good idea to get in touch with friends and relatives who live along the way and ask if they could host you for a night.
A long distance move can be both emotionally draining and costly. When executing a long distance move, you are likely to incur costs when packing, hiring movers, taking time off work, fuel costs, insurance, food and drinks, etc. However, with careful planning and improvisation, you can keep the costs of your long-distance move at the basic minimum.