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Ways to Cut Costs on Your Move If you've lived in your current home for many years the thought of moving can cause a lot of stress. However, if you plan your move  and organize your supplies you can reduce your expenses and get through it relatively easy. Deciding whether to hire movers or drive a truck yourself If your move is local within the same town or even the same state, you could opt to do the move on your own. By doing this you can save a lot of money on the cost of hiring the movers and the need for a large truck. However, if you're moving out of state or across the country going it on your own can take a toll on you and your body. If you've decided that you prefer to use professional movers, there are still many ways to reduce the expense of the overall cost of the move. First, you need to acquire quotes from several reputable moving companies. Finding the best moving companies  available is not an area where you want to just wing it. After all, the truck will contain all of your possessions and you want to make sure that they arrive undamaged. Once you have the company selected, you'll need to secure a date for the move. If at all possible it's best to avoid the peak season, during May through September, as this is generally when the rates can jump up 25%. If you can't avoid these months for your move, then schedule the move for a weekday versus the weekend, the savings won't be as large as moving off-season, but a few dollars here and there will add up. Pack the boxes on your own Everything that a moving company needs to do comes with an additional fee. If you pack the boxes on your own you can save up to a few hundred dollars and if you find free boxes the savings can escalate. The key is to plan ahead and pack up off-season and unneeded items early. This way you can acquire boxes for free from local retailers in town. Just remember that when you signed the agreement with the moving company it was for a precise amount of space and an allotted number of boxes in selected sizes. Make sure that you don't use boxes that are the wrong size or go over the number you agreed to otherwise your savings from doing it on your own will turn into an added expense. Also when you pack the boxes remember that since you opted to do this on your own, the moving company will not be responsible for any damaged that may happen due to your packing. Make sure that you use newspaper, towels, and bubble wrap for delicate items to ensure they remain protected during the trip. Downsize Before you agree to a set number of items and boxes take a good look through your home and remove items you no longer need or want. If these items are in good shape you have several options. You can host a yard sale and earn a few dollars to help offset some of the costs, give pieces away to family or friends or donate your items to a local charity. Whatever you decide to do with your unwanted items, removing them from your inventory will help save you money on the cost of the moving company. Have family and friends help with the move If you have a lot of family and friends nearby, now is a great time to solicit their help with your move. It will help you get the job done in less time and allow you to say your goodbyes personally. You can serve sandwiches or barbecue and treat them all to dinner for their efforts. Moving is not something that most people look forward to. However, with a plan in place and using every means to reduce your expenses you can get on your way and look forward to spending many wonderful years in your new home.
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