5 Ways to Minimize Cost of a Long Distance Move

8 years ago in Moving Tips
Jeremy Baker
Moving Specialist

There is a lot of planning that goes into a long distance move, both logistically and economically. Long distance moves can become very costly if you are not careful and plan accordingly. Make sure that you look into a few different reputable long distance moving companies and compare the prices carefully. Choose the one that offers you the services you need, and is not charging you for services that you don’t want.

Here are five tips that will help you curb some of those costs, and even make the big move a little smoother:

1. Put Your House on a Diet:

Most companies charge by weight and distance for interstate moves. You can cut the cost by cutting out the dead weight in your home. Get rid of anything you no longer want or need by giving it away or even having a series of moving sales. The money you make selling stuff you no longer want can even be used towards the cost of moving.

2. Do the Packing Yourself:

You are going to be charged extra if you have the movers pack for you on a long distance move. This will usually be at a steep hourly rate. Buy the supplies at a local discount store and take care of boxing your personal items yourself. You can start weeks in advance, boxing up items that you don’t use often, but that are important to the move.

3. Drive Your Car:

The cost of shipping a car cross country can be budget smashing. If you have an old used car, consider selling it and then replacing it in your new destination, or drive to your new home. This may be a time consuming option, but it will save you a lot of money in transport costs.

4. Avoid Moving in the Summer:

July and August are historically the most expensive months to move. Try and plan on a fall or winter move to cut down on your costs. November through March are typically the most inexpensive months. Moving during this time can save you a considerable amount of money.

5. Look into Tax Breaks:

If you are relocating for business purposes or school, some of the costs may be tax deductible. Ask a tax expert to help you itemize your tax forms and get rebates on your moving costs. Remember to save all the receipts and bills for reference.

Buying a home is a big expense in itself, and then comes the money needed to fix it up and make it your own. During this time finding ways to save even a few dollars will be much appreciated. A big part of the cost comes in the actual moving, but if you are smart and plan ahead, you can effectively reduce these, leaving you with some spare change for all of your other expenses.

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