Save on a long distance move
Long-distance moves can be pricey if you have a lot of things, and expenses add up quickly: truck and movers, mileage, moving supplies, etc. Here are a few tips to keep expenses down and still get where you are going safely.
Hire direct. Most moving companies hire independent drivers for long-distance moves, who in turn hire their own moving crew. If you hire a driver direct you can save big. Yelp and Craigslist are great for hiring drivers, but a personal recommendation is the best way to go. Be aware: you will not have the dedicated customer service or robust insurance options that a big moving company offers. Potential savings: $$$$
You be the driver. This is probably out if you need a big-rig to fit all your things but if you can manage a smaller truck, think about driving it yourself. You’ll want a one-way rental from one of the large truck companies and, depending on distance, you may need to take time off from work – factor that into your savings formula. Potential savings: $$$
Take only what you need. The more stuff you have, the bigger the truck you will need and the longer it will take to load and unload. Get rid of big items if you can: that old couch, the extra bed you don’t have room for, shabby furniture. Donate to a thrift and arrange for pickup, or call your trash service’s large item pickup for anything that’s a lost cause. Potential savings: $$
Get your moving boxes free. Most people save old boxes for moving or scrounge them up from work. Did you know it’s usually pretty easy to get genuine moving boxes for free? Many moving companies offer used boxes for free, just ask your mover. Otherwise, post a local listing to Freecycle (requires free membership to make/view postings) or Craigslist.
Potential savings: $