Tips for Reducing Moving Expenses in a New Home

Posted by Dave Robison on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 7:43am.

At Eagle Mountain Living, we’re proud to offer a full range of real estate services for those looking into buying a new home. We can help you from start to finish, whether you need assistance with finding good property listings, assessing local factors like schools and other features, or even finalizing a purchase and preparing for the move.

This last area is one that can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. While moving into a new home opens up all sorts of fun new possibilities, it also involves a lot of detail, plus time and money spent to make sure everything is moved correctly. And if you’re a buyer who is already tight on funds, you might be looking for some ways to save during the move – here are some tips we can offer in this area.

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Timing Considerations

While you won’t always be able to time your move so it lands in these months, we recommend shooting for the period between October and April if you have any control over this sort of thing. This is in contrast to the May through September season, which is known as the busy moving season – moving trucks might be slightly more expensive, and if you’re looking into a full-service move, the differences in cost could be notable.

Boxes

As you get things organized for the move, one area that can add up quickly in expenses is the boxes you use. If you buy these directly from a moving company, the professional boxes you receive will be of excellent quality – but will also be fairly expensive, and this can add up if you’re using a lot of boxes.

You have some other options available if you want to be a bit more economical, however. Most of these same companies will offer used boxes for a slightly lower price, and there are also several other places you can find boxes: Classified ads, Facebook or similar services are all options. Just be sure any boxes you receive are in good condition and can be fully sealed.

Organization

Before you get to the actual job of packing and moving, consider lowering your costs by eliminating certain items you don’t need anymore. We recommend a color-code or some other simple system to arrange things here. This is a particularly important area if you’re considering hiring professional movers, who generally offer pricing based on the weight of your belongings.

Self-Packing

We’ve noted moving services a couple times here, and while these are convenient, they also run you significantly more on your budget. It will take more time, but doing your own packing and moving will save you quite a bit in most cases.

Bids

If you do choose to use professional movers, however, do some shopping around before you settle on one. This includes receiving bids on your move from multiple companies, plus checking their business reviews and their Better Business Bureau listing to ensure they’re legitimate.

For more on lowering your expenses while moving, or to learn about any of our homes for sale in Eagle Mountain, speak to the pros at Eagle Mountain Living today.

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