Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life. It’s natural to want to reduce as much of that stress as you possibly can, and many people aim for the financial aspect as a prime target. However, keep two things in mind: the cheapest way to move may not always be the best way to move, and most moving services offer flexibility in pricing that you might not be aware of.
The Cheapest Way to Move. Hands down, the cheapest way to move, short of your best friend owning a fleet of trucks, is to rent the truck yourself. The rental fee is a one-time charge, due when you return the truck, and some companies may not even charge you for mileage. You are, however, responsible for gas, tolls, and lodging along the way (not to mention road snacks). Not only that, but you’re responsible for packing, loading and unloading the truck — not to mention driving it, which can easily take its toll on your sanity. Remember: the total cost of moving isn’t just calculated in dollars and cents.
Tweaking the More “Expensive” Options. Many people shy away from the cost of movers (also known as full service movers or professional moving services) because they don’t think they can afford it. But what many people don’t know is that the cost of full service companies is sometimes negotiable. The company provides the truck and the driver, and they will usually lift and load all your large appliances and furniture — but if you’re willing to load and unload all your own boxes, some companies are willing to offer a discounted rate for the rest of their services. Ask before you sign a contract. The worst they can say is no.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to plan ahead. A well-planned move, complete with schedules and checklists, is perhaps the surest way to reduce stress when it comes time to relocate. Knowing what to expect, and when to expect it, can mean the difference between a nightmare experience and silky smooth transition. See this link for more.