Posted: 20 February 2019
Moving into a new home comes with a certain level of anxiety. And if you’re a little low on money, the level of stress can reach peak levels.
Many people in this situation choose the cheapest movers they can find to get the job done.
But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. For example, the movers arrive several hours late or they don’t handle your boxes with care and damage your things.
So what alternative options do you have to complete your move within budget?
Read on, as we’ve put together a list of cost-effective moving options to get the job done.
Rent Moving Truck and Move It Yourself
The do-it-yourself option is harder work, but it will save you considerable money.
Moving expenses always come down to two things: transportation and labor.
When you do it yourself, you’re essentially removing labor expenses. This, of course, only works if you can bribe your friends and family to help with the labor.
We suggest sweetening the pot in order to get friends to help. Yes, true friends will do it for free. But offering to cook a homemade dinner or Happy Hour on you are great ways to make the exchange fun and build in some bonding time as well.
You will need to rent the moving truck yourself. Budget typically has the lowest rates and U-Haul is very good if you need smaller trucks or trailers.
Hire Your Own Labor
Not ready to enlist your friends and family for moving help? You can still lower your moving costs by renting the moving truck yourself and hiring labor to load and unload the truck.
HireAHelper and CollegeHunksHaulingJunk are two popular labor-only options to help you move. They also offer packing help and junk removal services. They can help you execute a smooth move while reducing your labor costs considerably.
Use a Portable Storage Container
One popular option to professional movers is to rent a portable storage container, which is sometimes known as a moving pod.
In this instance, the company will deliver the container to your home and you will be required to do all the loading.
Once the portable container is full, the company will pick up the container and deliver it to your new home. At that point, it is up to you to unload all your property into your new home.
Moving containers are popular because they also serve as storage solutions during and after your move.
But the big attraction is the cost savings. Storage containers save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on the length of the move.
For example, if you are moving across the country a professional moving service may charge you $4,000 to $6,000 to complete the move. But a portable storage container with a company like U-Haul would run between $2,000 and $3,000 per month.
Wrapping Up Your Options: You Don’t Have to Use the Cheapest Movers
Looking in your area for the cheapest movers may not be your best option. It will most likely cost you more money.
Remember that transportation and labor are you two biggest costs and look for ways to reduce each component. You can do it yourself, hire labor-only solutions or take advantage of the benefits of a moving pod.
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