Q & A: How To Move on a Tight Budget

May 9, 2011

In today’s unsure economy, some people may think that hiring a professional moving company is something that they can’t afford. Well, in this new Q & A session you’ll find the answers to some questions related to moving on a tight budget.

Q: I don’t have a lot of money to spend on my move. Should I even consider hiring a professional mover?

A: Yes, when you call moving companies for estimates, be upfront and tell them what your budget is. If you tell them what you can afford, then they can tell you what parts of the move they could do and what parts you would have to do to stay within your budget.

Q: I want to make sure that my move stays within my budget. How do I make sure that the price of my move doesn’t change from the estimate that I receive?

A: Get a binding estimate. Signing a binding estimate ensures that your move will not exceed the quoted price. If your move is less than the quoted price, you’ll pay the lesser amount. Remember to always get estimates from at least three different companies, and if you hear an estimate over the phone that sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Always have an estimator visit your space.

Q: How can I reduce the cost of my move?

A: Talk to your movers about the different components of your move. Find out what each part of the move costs. Then you can choose to do certain parts of the move yourself to reduce the price. For example, you could choose to pack your stuff yourself. You’ll also get a better priceĀ if you plan your move for the off-season and well in advance.

Q: How can I save money on moving materials?

A: You can use our online box exchange service to get free moving boxes and recycle your old boxes when you’re done with your move. Every good moving company will have blankets and dollies on their trucks. They’ll also have boxes, but they’ll cost extra.

If you have any questions regarding moving, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments. We might even dedicate a whole Q & A to the topic.

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