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Moving across the country isn’t easy. It can take a lot of time, careful planning, and a dedicated DIY or professional moving team to complete a seamless move. You also have to keep a close eye on your budget, or you risk coming up short. With our hacks, you can keep track of it all.

9 Tips on How to Complete an Inexpensive Cross-Country Move

No matter how much you cut costs, a cross-country move is still going to be a bit pricey. But you can save a lot of time and money if you make the right choices before and during your move.

1. Planning Ahead Makes Your Move Less Stressful

Start planning your move as early as possible so you have plenty of time to research different moving companies, compare prices, and schedule your move. You should make a moving checklist that walks through each step of the process, from packing to setting up your home.

2. Get Multiple Quotes From Different Moving Companies

Don’t just go with the first moving company you find. Instead, get a quote at Long Distance Moving, a US-based comparison site, to get a cost estimate from local cross-country movers. All you have to do is enter your zip code, destination, and moving date to populate multiple quotes.

3. Look for More Discounts From Moving Companies

Many moving companies offer discounts for students, military personnel, and senior citizens. Be sure to ask about any discounts that may be available to you. If the discount is high enough, you may be able to afford additional services, such as packing assistance or cheaper supplies.

4. Consider a DIY Move (if you Have Enough Time)

If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to consider a DIY move. Opting for a DIY move is a great way to save money, but it’s important to be realistic about your abilities and the time and effort it will take. If you have to take time off work to move, it may be cheaper to hire movers.

5. Pack Early and Focus on One Room at a Time

Unless you have to scramble to pack for a last-minute move, you should get started as soon as you’re able. Stay organized by packing one room at a time, starting with non-essential items first. While you’re at it, take note of what you want to keep, throw out, give away, or donate.

6. Make an Effort to Declutter and Organize Your Things

Moving is a great opportunity to declutter and get rid of items you no longer need or use. Not only does this reduce the stuff you need to pack, but you may be able to downgrade to a smaller truck. If you’re selling anything, make sure you post your items on a marketplace right away.

7. Start Collecting Free Moving Boxes and Bags

Instead of buying new boxes, try to find free moving boxes from stores, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace. You can also use suitcases and other containers you already have to pack your belongings. Only use specialty boxes (i.e., wardrobe boxes) for priceless or expensive items.

8. Ask your Friends and Family for Help Moving

If you have friends or family members who may be able to help you move, don’t be afraid to ask for their help. Not only will it make the process easier, but it can also save you money on labor costs. However, if you’re moving abroad, it’s much easier to hire a moving company instead.

9. Transport Your Car if Air Travel is Cheaper

If you’re moving an especially long distance, you might want to consider alternatives to driving your own vehicle, such as shipping your car or using a company that offers transportation services. In some cases, it may be cheaper to sell your vehicle, so think about your options. 

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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