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The challenge of trying to move while keeping your expenses under control can be daunting. In addition to being a mentally challenging event, it can be expensive. The costs associated with moving can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be a challenge if you know what to do with your budget.

This brief guide will help you look at what you can do when moving without spending more than you might expect. You can keep your expenses under control when you have a spending plan that is simple and easy to follow.

Review What You’re Moving First

You will spend more money on your moving costs when you move more items. The extra effort and resources necessary for moving these objects will cause you to spend more money than you might expect.

You can do a few things to keep the cost of moving these items from being worse:

  • Look at whether you need some of the items you will move. You can sell some items that you don’t require through a garage sale. Donation centers can also accept things you want to get rid of if you can’t sell them yourself.
  • Review how you can consolidate all the items you want to store. You might be able to store clothes in your dresser or other storage items, but watch for how you can do this with your contents.
  • See how many items you can tote with you in your car. You can carry the most essential or sensitive items in your car if you wish. But anything you carry around yourself should be protected and safe, plus they should stay in secure spaces where the air won’t get too hot or cold.

Drive a Vehicle Yourself

You could have a choice between either driving a vehicle to your new site or having someone else transport your vehicle for you. The cost to ship your car should be prohibitive, as it could cost up to $2 a mile to ship a car through some providers. The total could drop if the move is a little longer. A move of 2,000 miles or more could entail a 50-cent charge per mile when shipping your car.

The convenience of having someone ship your car for you can be useful, but it can be more expensive than you expect. You can save money by transporting your vehicle yourself instead. Based on what you might spend on fuel and hotel costs, it will likely cost less to drive the car yourself than if you were to take a flight to a new place and wait for the shipping company to bring your car there. You might still require a hotel stay even if you do ask someone to transport your car to your new site.

There might still be cases where you need to hire someone to transport your car for you. These include instances where you need to reach your new location as soon as possible and have to fly there. You might also have multiple cars that need moving, and you’re only able to handle one of them. It is fine to hire a car transportation service in these cases, but make sure you pack whatever cars you want to transport together in this situation. You will spend less if you require only one vessel for transporting all these vehicles at once.

Plan a Suitable Time For Your Move

Another idea to review involves when you’re going to complete your move. You can keep your budget under control by moving at a time when the demand for moving is minimal:

  • The summer season from June to August is the busiest and most expensive time to move, what with school being out then. Avoid moving during the summer if you’re trying to keep your expenses under control.
  • The demand for moving services is lower during the middle of the week or month. You can schedule your move during those points when possible.
  • It may also be cheaper to move during some holidays, as the demand for moving services may not be as strong then. But whether a mover will be available to help you with the service will vary surrounding the process and who you contact for help.

What Will You Store?

A mover can provide help in storing your items as necessary. While a storage service can be useful, you must plan your budget for storage based on:

  • How many items you will store
  • How long you will need to store those items
  • Any special rules for storage, including rules for sensitive materials

Check on what you will store on a site, and make sure it fits in with your budget. Try to keep as many items together if possible to keep your expenses from being a hassle.

Review the Values Movers and Packers Assign

Movers and packers will establish values for all your items before moving. They do this to ensure they can provide the proper replacements or compensation if anything is lost or damaged. The valuation ensures you’ll receive the support you deserve, but some companies might try to charge you on insurance more than necessary. They may overvalue your items, causing you to spend extra on those insurance charges.

Talk with your mover or packer about the insurance values for your items based on what they determine. You may end up spending less on the insurance charges or your overall moving expenses if you can negotiate a better deal surrounding the values of your items.

Watch For Your Personal Expenses

Your general expenses when moving should also be considered well. You will likely spend money on things like these:

  • Transportation costs, including fuel for your vehicle
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Meals and other items used during your travels
  • Child care
  • Pet care

Keep a daily budget surrounding what you will spend on all these factors. Look at how you’re going to travel, and figure out what you might expect to spend at a time. The work should be planned accordingly to ensure you know where you’re going with your moving plans without risking any problems when trying to move everything safely and securely.

Ask Others For Help

You can talk with friends or family members for help with getting some of the equipment you need for your move. While these people aren’t always going to be available and won’t be there to help you with everything, you could save money if you outsource some of your services to other people you know.

Look At How You Pack Yourself

One idea for keeping your funds under control entails looking at who’s going to pack these items. You can pack your items yourself to have more control over where your items will go. The process helps you save money by not having to hire other people to pack your items. You may also have an easier time managing the total size of your moving shipment, as you can control how many items will go in each package.

Prepare An Emergency Fund

The last idea for keeping your spending under control is to establish an emergency fund. There’s always a chance something might happen, whether it entails a shipment coming in late or weather conditions making it harder for you to travel.

Secure your funds in your moving expenses for possible emergencies that might come about later. The extra funds can help you keep your expenses in check without worries.

Remember that the moving process doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might expect. Look at how you’re going to move, and watch for what you will spend when doing so. A careful plan for what you will spend during your move can make a difference when you’re going forward with your work.


Tom Philips

Thomas Philips is a writer and content marketer with a keen interest in the moving industry. As a travel enthusiast and logistics expert by training, Thomas has been working with various moving companies for the past 16 years. He currently writes for Roadway Moving and applies his expertise through his written works. Thomas makes it a point to give practical moving advice to both clients and readers to help transform their moving experience into an unforgettable one