Save Time and Money Moving – PrimeLending, Your Mortgage Lender

Save Time and Money Moving - PrimeLending, Your Mortgage Lender - When it comes to moving, many homeowners choose the do-it-yourself route over hiring a moving company in order to save money. However, what most homeowners do not realize is that by following a few simple moving tips, they can save even more money and time. Our mortgage professionals have devised a list of moving tips to help homeowners move into their new homes smoothly and efficiently. Save Time and Money with DIY Moving

 
When it comes to moving, many homeowners choose the do-it-yourself route over hiring a moving company in order to save money. However, what most homeowners do not realize is that by following a few simple moving tips, they can save even more money and time. Our mortgage professionals have devised a list of moving tips to help homeowners move into their new homes smoothly and efficiently.

 
Ask questions, get answers

 
If you have a friend or family member who recently moved, ask them about their moving experience. Did they move everything by themselves or did they hire a moving company? If they hired a moving company, what was the name of it? Would they recommend using that company? Did the movers pack and move everything or just move their larger pieces of furniture? Did their items arrive on time and damage-free?

 
Although moving everything yourself may seem like the least-expensive option, if you are not careful it could lead to broken or damaged items. If you are unsure about whether or not you can handle the task of moving larger or more delicate items, hire a moving company. Keep in mind when selecting a moving company, paying a little extra for a trustworthy company might save you hundreds of dollars on broken or damaged items or pieces of furniture caused by an inexperienced or inexpensive moving company.

 
The art of negotiation

If you choose to use a moving company, don’t be afraid to negotiate the rental costs with them. Do you have a dolly or moving blankets? It doesn’t hurt to ask if your rate could be reduced if you provide your own moving tools. Some moving companies may not be able to negotiate rates, but are willing to throw in a few freebies. A great example of this is when the moving or truck rental company offers storage services; sometimes they are willing to throw in a few months of free storage if you rent a particular size truck.

 
Don’t buy boxes, collect them

 
Initially, moving boxes don’t seem to be that expensive because most homeowners look at the cost of an individual box. However, once they begin analyzing the number of boxes needed to move their entire home those once inexpensive necessities add up to a surprisingly large amount. If this is the case, why buy when there are so many available for free. All you have to do is ask. Nearly every department store, grocery store and retail outlet has empty boxes just waiting to be tossed. Instead of buying all of your boxes, just ask a store manager if you could take a few off of their hands. Chances are they will be more than happy to give you the boxes and save themselves the trouble of breaking them down and taking the stack to the dumpster.

 
Move during the week

 
If you are looking to use professional help with your move, consider moving during the week. Most moving companies charge lower rates during the week than they do on the weekends. Also, statistics have shown that gas is priced cheaper during the week than it is on the weekend. Therefore, even if you are planning to move yourself, moving during the week may end up saving you some extra cash.

 
Toss the junk and de-clutter

 
When packing up your old home, don’t be afraid to get rid of things you will not need or not have a use for at your new home. If it’s broken toss it, and if you know you want use it or haven’t used it in the past 6 months, either give it away or sell it in a garage sale. Whether you are hiring a moving company or moving yourself, less household items means less boxes to purchase, less to move and therefore less time and money spent on moving.

 
Take smaller boxes yourself

 
If you are only moving across town, then it may make the most sense to load up your car, truck or van with as many smaller boxes as you can fit. Getting all of the smaller items over to your new home on your own time could allow you to rent a smaller truck and portable storage unit for your furniture and other larger items since you no longer will have to pack all of the small boxes in the same vehicle.

 
Pack wisely – consolidate

 
Instead of spending money on packing supplies, pack wisely. Everything is going to the same house, so why not use your everyday household items to wrap up your delicate items. For example, use your kitchen towels to wrap your dishes and glasses in. Clothes and bath towels are also useful packing materials. Not only will you save money on packing supplies, but you will also be able to cut down the number of boxes you use since you are using items that you would have originally had to pack.

 
Pack household essentials separately

 
Believe it or not, one of the most unexpected costs of moving comes on the first night in your new home. With all the chaos that comes from moving, homeowners often pack necessities in boxes they cannot locate on the first night; therefore, they end up making a run to the grocery store to pick up items such as toilet paper, plastic silverware, toothbrushes and paper plates. Don’t let this unfortunate event happen to you. Pack a box with everything you will need for the first night in your home and keep it in your car. This will save you money from having to replace items you already have.

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