Whether you’re moving across town, across the country, or across the world, there are steps you can take to reduce your moving costs – and stress! For more information on moving expenses and smart planning, contact Platinum Moving Services, Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia area movers, today.
Tips for Reducing Moving Expenses
Want to lower your moving costs? There are a few different things you can do to keep your expenses – and stress – down.
Start early – moving can be very stressful, so starting early is important not only financially but mentally as well! Trust us, by starting early with everything – research, getting quotes, packing up and so forth – your move will be less hassle-free.
Research well – don’t hire the first company you stumble across just because it is located nearby! There are plenty of movers in the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia area – you just have to research well. You’ll find a good moving company, and it will pay off.
Get a quote – getting a free quote is ideal because you’ll know how much moving is going to cost. You usually just have to provide contact information, the moving date, how far you’re moving, if you request any shipping or storage services, etc. Also, it’s generally a good idea to get at least three quotes.
Move during the week – most people move on the weekend, and a lot of companies increase their rates. So not only will moving during the week save you some money, but the roads will be less crowded, especially in the middle of the day.
Protect your belongings – it’s wise to protect yourself against moving damage, especially if you’re moving internationally. Check the moving company’s policy on damage. If you’re satisfied with the coverage, don’t just stop there. Take inventory of your belongings so when you arrive at your new place, you can make sure everything is there and in good condition.
Secure important documents – make sure you keep all your important documents (passport, license, social security card, etc.) in one place, marked carefully. And make sure that you always know where they are during the move!
Forward your mail – this may seem obvious, but we promise you’ll be less stressed if you don’t save this until the last minute. In all the other important stuff you will get caught up in, forwarding your mail might simply slip your mind!
Update car insurance – don’t be surprised if your car insurance increases right after the move! Sometimes car insurance rates change when you move, but if you inform your company early that you are moving and need to update your policy, it will be less stressful.
Moving costs, especially unexpected ones, can be stressful, but with careful planning and organization (and the right moving company), your move can be hassle-free and truly exciting!
For more information on how to reduce your moving costs, or if you want a free quote for your move, contact Platinum Moving today!