Moving is a hassle. Even when the move is an upgrade, the interruption of your life, the extra work and expense can be a real burden on your family. To minimize the impact, there are things you can do to make your move easier and less expensive. As professional nj movers, we want happy customers, it’s not all about the money. So, here are ten Tips that are sure to make your next move an easy move.
Ask about your company’s moving policy
If you are being transferred within the same company, they may be willing to cover some, or all of your moving expenses. If you are moving to a new company, they may be willing to help. Be sure to get the details in writing, if possible. You want to clearly understand the policy to make the most of it.
Choose the best time
If you’re willing to move at off peak times, or during slow seasons, discounts may be available. We like to keep our crews busy and a full truck makes more money than an empty one any day. Let us know your moving requirements as early as possible for the best possible price.
Take time off, if possible
We work under all kinds of conditions but it’s typically easier if the home owners are available to answer questions and give directions. Any down time we have while waiting on a text or call from you to get packing instructions, or answers to questions about special items adds to your labor costs.
Don’t call us until your home is clean, sorted and ready for packing, unless you want to pay for the extra time it takes to work around your mess and sort items for packing. We are happy to do what’s needed, but if cost is a major concern, this is one way to cut down.
While we love customers that have us do everything from beginning to end, many families do a “hybrid” move, taking part of their belongings in the family van, or a trailer, and leaving larger items for the professionals to deal with. Things that are labor intensive, like small, fragile items that require sorting and packing are a good start if you’d like to save money by doing part of the move yourself. Their expensive for us to move, because of the time and material, and they don’t require the bulky space of a moving van.
Leave things behind
If you are selling your home, add value by selling bulky items, like appliances, outdoor items and bulky furniture that is heavy and difficult to move. Choose items that are easy to replace, you might miss your grandmother’s china hutch the next time your mom comes to visit. The savings can go two ways, save on your move, make a little extra on the sale of the house.
Sell off your bulky items in a yard sale
Declutter and make a little cash at the same time. Save space in the move, cut your costs, and help pay for the moving services you do use with the money you make. A garage sale can also be a great way to get potential buyers to check out your house, if you are still looking for a new owner.
Pack your own items
Need all of your stuff moved, but still want to save money? Have it all ready for us to load into the truck when we get there. The less labor we have to do, the better the price you’ll get. We still do the heavy lifting, and handle the big truck on the open road, you get to keep a little cash for your other expenses.
Schedule to avoid overnight stops
Moving expenses can be a huge part of the cost of hiring us. While we keep your costs to a minimum, overnight stays, meals and other expenses add up quick. If you schedule your loading and drive times to minimize overnight stays, it can total up to a big discount.
Map out your route to minimize costs
Depending on the distance and geography of your move, choosing the right route can save on gas expenses, time and mileage. Big trucks take a lot of fuel, and winding roads, stop and go traffic and steep climbs can add to that.