Planning on a move in the near future? If so, then there's a good chance you're trying to save money and keep things affordable; after all, moving can be expensive. Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes people tend to make during their move that end up costing them money in the long run. By avoiding these in your own move, you can keep things within your budget and avoid wasting your hard-earned money in the process.
Assuming a DIY Move is Your Cheapest Option
Many people moving on a budget tend to gravitate towards the idea of tackling a DIY move. This means not hiring any professionals to help and maybe recruiting a few friends or family members. Unfortunately, this isn't always the cheaper option in the long term--especially when you factor in how much time it eats up out of your own life, the added stress it creates, and the costs of renting/insuring your own moving truck.
Failing to Shop Around for Moving Quotes
You might be surprised to see just how affordable it can be to hire a moving company, provided that you're smart about finding the right professionals for the job. Always take the time to obtain detailed quotes from several companies. Scrutinize each quote carefully, rather than simply going with the company that's offering you the lowest price. That "cheap" moving service might not include insurance with its services or there may be hidden fees.
Being Careless With Your Packing
When it comes to packing, make sure you stock up on quality packing and moving supplies. While it may be tempting to cram as many items as you can into every box you pack for money-saving reasons, you may also be increasing your chances of breaking or damaging items by doing so. Invest in quality moving boxes, storage containers, and foam/bubble wrap/tape to keep your prized possessions safe on the journey. The last thing you want is to have to replace a bunch of broken items once you arrive.
Overlooking Additional Insurance
Finally, don't assume that declining "optional" insurance is your best option. While doing so might save you money in the short-term, you could be on the hook for expensive damages, such as accidental damage to your moving trailer or any moving supplies (dollies, etc.) provided by the company. A lot of times, additional insurance coverage is just a few extra bucks per day and will provide you with added peace of mind.
For more moving tips, contact a company like Dixie Moving and Storage Inc.