If you are gearing up to make a cross country move, then you know that 1) you are about to have some fun, 2) there is a lot of planning that goes into it, and 3) it can be expensive. In fact, the average cost to hire a team of movers to help you make your cross-country move can run you up to almost $4,500 for roughly 1,200 miles.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can shave some money off the actual cost of the move and keep money in your pocket. Ready to look at how to make your cross country move cheap?
- Look for Free Packing Supplies
As you start to pack up your items, you will find you need boxes, newspaper, padding, tape, and much more. Many of these items can be purchased at discount stores or you can find the boxes and newspaper for free.
Fortunately, with a couple of calls and determination, you can secure yourself free boxes from local grocery stores and free newspaper from neighbors and the recycling centers. Take advantage of it.
- Portable Moving Containers Are Your Friend
If hiring a professional moving company is out of your budget, a portable storage container is the next best option. Many consumers have turned to these containers because they are convenient and easy to use.
One of the nice things about these containers is that they can double as a storage solution for you as well. You will have the ability to pack and unpack the container as quickly or slowly as you want.
There are many companies that offer these moving containers and once you have them packed and are ready to move, simply schedule the service and your container will meet you at your new home.
- Choose an Off Date to Move
Did you know the date that you move impacts the price of your move? It is true. There are busy and off seasons for movers and if you move in the busy season, you can expect to pay a pretty penny to make it happen. In addition, you may not receive the personalized service you would if you chose to move in the offseason.
If you can be flexible with your move date, it is recommended that you do. Some of the best times to move to include the middle of the month, early in the morning between 8:00 and 10:00 am, and during the week (Monday through Thursday). The best months to move are anywhere between the middle of September through until April.
Your Cross-Country Move Does Not Have to Be Expensive
Your cross-country move does not have to be pricey, especially if you consider the above three points and keep them in mind as you plan for your move. Alleviate some of your stress and look for ways that you can save money from the cost of the rental truck to the cost to pack your items. It will pay off in the end.