moving costs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11507/all en-US The ABC’s of DIY Moving http://www.wisebread.com/the-abc-s-of-diy-moving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-abc-s-of-diy-moving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/moving_truck_themuuj.jpg" alt="moving truck" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The thought of moving is enough to strike fear in the hearts of the bravest souls. Relocating on-the-cheap (without the benefit of a team of professional movers, a sea of boxes and bubble-wrap, and a small fleet of vans), well, that&rsquo;s just plain hard. For most of us, high-end moving services aren&rsquo;t part of our reality and moving still involves straining the bonds of friendship, frustrated all-night packing marathons, and eating croutons and bacon bits for lunch because we&rsquo;ve packed the rest of the food.</p> <p>With some simple preparation, a laser-like focus, and lots of patience, moving on a budget can be less of a hassle. Here are eight tips for successful DIY moving.</p> <h2>Purge </h2> <p>Over the years, we become unconsciously married to our household items. Either through sentimentality or just plain habit, we tend to hold onto everything without a critical look at what needs replacing, no longer fits our lifestyle, or doesn't suit our taste. Moving is a perfect time for a serious review of the &quot;stuff&quot; in our lives. Take a look at everything big and small. What can be purged through charitable donation? What can be sold on eBay or Craigslist? What should just be tossed in the recycling bin? The more you reduce your load before the move, the less organization, packing, and unloading required later. Making a few bucks on unwanted items before moving can also help ease the budget burden during the move.</p> <h2>Prepare and Organize</h2> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve pared down, it&rsquo;s time to get organized. During a big move, I keep a calendar of what needs to be done day-by-day in order to be out of the old place and into the new place on-time and with my sanity relatively intact. Weekdays are for logistics &mdash; calling the new utility companies, handling address changes, getting quotes on van rentals or storage facilities, etc. Evenings and weekends are reserved for collecting boxes, cleaning, and packing. Two or three tasks accomplished each day helps keep a move manageable without putting the rest of your life on hold.</p> <h2>Box It Up</h2> <p>Never underestimate the number of boxes you&rsquo;ll need for a move, and (trust me on this) it&rsquo;s always better to have too many that too few. I&rsquo;ve never embraced the idea of paying for cardboard boxes, so I hit the grocery stores, dollar stores, and warehouse clubs continuously in the weeks preceding a move. Most places will happily give you as many as you can carry; it saves them the expense of crushing and disposal. Keep in mind, larger grocery stores restock their shelves during off-hours, so late evenings are your best bet for finding fields of boxes just waiting to be recycled. While you&rsquo;re at it, keep an eye out for newspaper and bubble wrap that may also be headed to the recycling bin.</p> <h2>Label </h2> <p>Consistent, easy-to-read, and accurate labeling of boxes can make all the difference if you need to unpack over time or divide your move between a storage space and new home. I use bright paper and bold black markers to clearly label (in two or three words) what&rsquo;s in each box. Remember, labels always go on the sides of the boxes &mdash; top labels just get covered up when boxes are stacked.</p> <h2>Put the Word Out </h2> <p>Labor is always at a premium during a move. Putting the word out to good-hearted friends and family weeks in advance can help get more &quot;yeses&quot; and keep things congenial and on-track during the move. Scheduling and rotating your team of helpers can help avoid frustration, exhaustion, and taxed friendships. Strong coffee (or the adult beverage of your choice), snacks, and frequent breaks keep everyone motivated and help show consideration.</p> <h2>Rent wisely </h2> <p>For a move of any significant size, a moving van or truck rental is probably required. Local and national options are usually available, but keep in mind that additional charges might be lurking in those advertised low prices. Daily moving rates seldom include mileage or extras like moving pads. Watch out for the nickel-and-dime fees and remember to refuel before your return or get stuck with an astronomical price-per-gallon charge.</p> <h2>Store It</h2> <p>The past few years have seen a boom in the storage industry. Our society is in transition, financially struggling, and on-the-move. Before you rent a storage space, be sure to shop around, get a few different quotes, and check each place out with a critical eye. First, look for water damage; it might suggest the building isn&rsquo;t weather tight or well-insulated. Keep an eye out for rodent droppings, gnawed wood, or other signs of an infestation problem. Look for ways to breach security within your space &mdash; are the units divided by solid walls, or just chain link fence? Though you&rsquo;ll probably supply your own padlock, is the locking mechanism and latch in good shape and solid? Is the facility remote and poorly lit, or bright and well-monitored?</p> <h2>Pack a Bag</h2> <p>The chaos that moving creates affects all aspects of our lives. One small way to battle the disruption is to pre-pack the essentials. Approach this day-to-day bag as you would if you were traveling &mdash; what will you need every day during your move that might otherwise inadvertently get packed away? Medication, extra clothes, toiletries, computer essentials, unpaid bills, checkbooks, and work supplies should all be considered. The last thing you want to do is survey a wall of boxes at 6:00 a.m. while trying to figure out where your employee security badge is.</p> <p>Even the best moving plan can&rsquo;t account for every contingency. Moving is disruptive, chaotic, and stressful. These tips can only help prevent some of the more common logistical and financial pitfalls from the getting the best of us. Worst case scenario: Two stacked computer paper boxes make a great coffee table, and croutons and bacon bits eventually start to taste like a ham sandwich. Happy moving!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-abc-s-of-diy-moving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pack-up-your-house-tips-for-saving-money-and-sanity-on-a-move">Pack Up Your House: Tips for Saving Money (and Sanity) on a Move</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-moving-expenses">5 Unexpected Moving Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-long-distance-move">10 Ways to Save on a Long-Distance Move</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization budget moving moving moving costs Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:00:07 +0000 Kentin Waits 270391 at http://www.wisebread.com Pack Up Your House: Tips for Saving Money (and Sanity) on a Move http://www.wisebread.com/pack-up-your-house-tips-for-saving-money-and-sanity-on-a-move <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pack-up-your-house-tips-for-saving-money-and-sanity-on-a-move" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009434134XSmall.jpg" alt="Moving" title="Moving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="190" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The idea of moving to a new home or even a whole new location can be one of the more exciting times of your life &mdash; that is until you look behind you and see all of the furniture, clothing, plates, glasses, and appliances that have to be relocated along with you. Moving is not only a time-intensive process, it can also be an expensive one if you don&rsquo;t plan ahead. Unpreparedness can lead to rash decisions and impulse buys, making the move cost you way more than you bargained for during the process.</p> <p>When you are ready to get the job done, consider this a packing guide to keep things sane and less expensive.</p> <h2>Prep Early</h2> <p>Generally most people don&rsquo;t make a move with just a few days notice. So start planning as soon as you know the move is going to happen. Every time you go to the grocery store, ask the store manager for spare boxes. Take them apart and store them flat to save room while you pack. <em>(Tip: the best boxes for packing silverware, glasses, and other small items come from the liquor store because they have segregated bottle boxes that are extra sturdy.)</em> Also, start picking up other supplies like tape, markers, trash bags, and cleaning supplies in the weeks before the move so you don&rsquo;t wind up with one big expense closer to moving day.</p> <h2>Reserve Truck ASAP</h2> <p>Chances are you&rsquo;ll need a large truck to move your belongings. As soon as you have nailed down a date, make a reservation for the truck. Compare prices for national rental companies online but don&rsquo;t forget to check out local businesses that might be cheaper. If you live in an area with college kids or a larger city, check local advertisements for moving services. Many times a laborer or two (i.e. college students) are looking for some extra cash and they can help you during a do-it-yourself move. If you don&rsquo;t make a reservation as soon as possible, you risk not finding a truck available on your moving date, resulting in having to pay out extra cash to rent anything you can find. Reserve a truck that will be suitable for your move by estimating how much stuff you&rsquo;ll have to take in one trip. Most rental places will estimate by the amount of rooms you have. If you go too small, you&rsquo;ll have to make additional trips that can cost your mileage and gas.</p> <h2>Start Packing Early</h2> <p>Make a plan to start packing items you do not often use. Schedule to hit one room at a time to keep from feeling overwhelmed with the task at hand. Pack items to go with you in a box and label with a different colored maker for different rooms. Since you are not in a rush, you might also want to write the box contents on the outside so you&rsquo;ll know what is in the box at first glance. Mark the most important boxes with a star. Continue with a new room each day until you pack up what is not necessary.</p> <h2>Toss the Junk</h2> <p>As you pack, toss the stuff you don&rsquo;t need. You certainly do not want to move junk you don&rsquo;t need to your new place. It wastes time and effort, not to mention space in the truck. If you have the means and space, contact the local waste management service in your area to inquire about a dumpster. Prices are usually reasonable and you might be more motivated to toss the garbage if there is a nearby receptacle. You might also look in your local paper for small businesses that haul junk. Ask for a quote from 2-3 places before making a decision on a junk hauler. Also make sure the person doing the hauling will take anything you have.</p> <h2>Final Packing</h2> <p>When you are ready to move to your new place, pack the rest of your house in boxes that are marked by room in a different colored marker and mark these boxes with a star so you&rsquo;ll know exactly which boxes you&rsquo;ll need to find when you reach your new place. You can place all of the starred boxes on one location for easier access. Otherwise, you are likely to run out to the store and get your essentials rather than sort through tons of boxes, money you don&rsquo;t need to spend.</p> <h2>Avoid the Newness Overload</h2> <p>When you reach your new place and you begin to unpack, resist the temptation to start wanting new everything. It may not be much fun to unpack a bunch of used things in a new location but just remember that impulsive buys will cost you money and likely not work in your favor. You need time to sort, place, and unpack all of your belongings before rushing out to get new throw rugs and other decorations. Give yourself time to understand what items you really need. During that time, you also have a chance to recover your savings, allowing you to purchase quality items that will last instead of a bunch of cheap things to satisfy your excitement.</p> <h2>Rental Return</h2> <p>Don't forget to gas the truck back up to the same amount that was in it when you rented the vehicle or you'll end up paying way more in fees. Return the truck on time and follow the instructions. Be sure to report any damage you may have caused immediately to avoid further charges.</p> <h2>Revisit Unopened Boxes</h2> <p>After six months time passes, any box you have yet to open in the new house should be quickly sorted and tossed. This will help keep old clutter at bay. Anything that is still worthy, you may consider selling it online or through a yard sale. Proceeds from these sales can be put toward the purchase of new items for the house. Continue this cycle every 6-12 months and keep your house organized while making a little money on the side.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pack-up-your-house-tips-for-saving-money-and-sanity-on-a-move">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-abc-s-of-diy-moving">The ABC’s of DIY Moving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom">20 Genius Storage Ideas for Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions">15 Genius Kitchen Storage Solutions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-know-when-renting-a-moving-truck">What to Know When Renting a Moving Truck</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization moving costs moving tips relocating truck rentals Fri, 23 Apr 2010 14:00:45 +0000 Tisha Tolar 36349 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Minimize the Cost of Living When Moving: The Cost of Living Myth http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-minimize-the-cost-of-living-when-moving-the-cost-of-living-myth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-minimize-the-cost-of-living-when-moving-the-cost-of-living-myth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1451038457_e9f2a06106.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re crazy. I can&rsquo;t afford to move there &mdash; the cost of living is way too high.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>When looking for jobs in new markets people correctly investigate the cost of living. Cost of living is an important consideration when moving to a new location. Nevertheless, there are many false assumptions regarding the cost of living differences.</p> <p>People falsely assume the cost of living calculator is infallible. While there are many sites that can give you some of those numbers, you should realize those numbers only represents a static mathematical equation. Your purchases, habits, and product usage will not be static. Therefore, you can reduce the cost of living expenses incurred by moving to a new city</p> <p><strong>The cost of living myth is that you cannot afford to move to certain cities unless you make &ldquo;x&rdquo; number of dollars.&nbsp;</strong>This simply is not true.</p> <p>I have experienced a lot of moves in my adult life. This post did not evolve out of some theoretical concepts. They are practical experiences. I have lived in three countries internationally and four different states. My conclusion is this: <strong>cost of living differences can be dealt with by lifestyle adjustments not <em>just</em> income adjustments.</strong></p> <h3>The Ice Cream Factor: Buy Less of What Costs More</h3> <p>Two liters of ice cream in my hometown (Alotau, Papua New Guinea) starts at $7.00 and goes as high as $11.00. While living in the States, we could buy the same amount of ice cream for $3. The static mathematical reality is that ice cream costs two to three times more. However, the practical reality is that we have adjusted how often we buy ice cream &mdash; less. Therefore, we now spend $7.00 per month instead of $9.00, for three containers of ice cream. Total difference = spend $2.00 less per month on ice cream.</p> <p><strong>You can minimize the impact of a cost of living change by buying more expensive items less frequently.</strong></p> <h3>The Fruit Factor: Buy Local Alternatives</h3> <p>There are certain North American fruits we cannot find. There are, however, things like apples that are available in our stores. Those items are shipped in from either Australia or New Zealand. Because they come in from overseas we pay around .50-.75 cents per apple. However, we have found fruits like Pomello (similar to grapefruit) that only cost .30 cents during harvesting season. So instead of spending .50 cents on apples, we buy pomellos for .30 cents.</p> <p><strong>You can minimize the impact of a cost of living change by buying local alternatives or items in season.</strong></p> <h3>The House Factor: Downsize</h3> <p>Housing is probably one of the most discussed parts of the cost of living. A four bedroom house is $150,000 here and $200,000 there. Yet, there are still ways to make the move if you wish. Perhaps instead of buying a four bedroom house you purchase a two bedroom house. Yes, you are not getting the same amount of house, but you are still only paying $150,000 for a house. You might even consider buying a house that has an unfinished basement or something that allows you to improve in the future.</p> <p><strong>You can minimize the impact of a cost of living change by downsizing and reducing your expectations.</strong></p> <h3>The Transportation Factor: Minimize</h3> <p>Trucks (necessary due to the number of pot holes) cost a lot to maintain where I live overseas. Unleaded gasoline costs around $7 per gallon. Still, you can get around this buy buying cars that are older than you might typically buy. Furthermore, as you explore transportation alternatives you might find that your new location has a very good public transportation system. We pay .36 cents to ride the bus anywhere in town. I know many people who live in Asia who don&rsquo;t buy a car or truck, but who purchase a scooter instead.</p> <p><strong>You can minimize the impact of a cost of living change by minimizing your vehicle usage or exploring cheaper local transportation alternatives.</strong></p> <h3>The Vacation Factor: Enjoy New Sites and Sounds</h3> <p>If you have just moved to a new city for at least that year (and probably more), you can enjoy the destinations within driving distance of your new home. Perhaps you are moving from Utah to Florida. Take a vacation to the beach and you will save on airfare and other travel expenses. Perhaps you moved from Florida to Utah. Take advantage of some great camping destinations or skiing in the winter. When looking for something fun, look locally before thinking about heading out of town.</p> <p><strong>You can minimize the impact of a cost of living change by vacationing in and around your new home.</strong></p> <p>Can you afford to move to a city with a higher cost of living?</p> <p>I hope when thinking about a future move, you won&rsquo;t just accept the cost of living myth. Ask yourself, &ldquo;will it really cost that much more?&rdquo; &ldquo;Is there anything I can do to reduce the cost of living impact?&rdquo; For example, when living overseas you will need to explore the cheapest ways to exchange foreign currency. When it comes to making your moving decision don&rsquo;t just get online and let a website tell you if you can afford to move. The calculator is static, but you must be willing to adapt, to be flexible, and to be financially resourceful. Ultimately, you can make up for a lot of cost of living changes simply by life style changes.</p> <p><em>What are your experiences with moving? What was the cost of living impact?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Craig Ford, author of <em>Money Wisdom From Proverbs</em>. Read more from Craig on his blog, Money Help For Christians.</p> <ul> <li>Why Do People Keep Making Bad Money Choices?</li> <li>88 Best Personal Finance Books: As Recommended by Personal Finance Bloggers</li> <li>Five Ways to Save Time on Your Budget</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-minimize-the-cost-of-living-when-moving-the-cost-of-living-myth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-your-own-cost-of-living-index">Roll your own cost-of-living index</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cost of living moving costs Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:00:12 +0000 Craig Ford 3951 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Save on a Move http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-a-move <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-save-on-a-move" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/moving-apartment.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those of us who have been somewhat transient in the past, moving invokes nausea. The fierce rip of packing tape and musty odor of boxes can make anyone's head spin &mdash; and then you fork over big bucks for movers, a truck, and storage. Relocation is beyond the definition of hassle.</p> <p>There's no way to eliminate all stress associated with moving. But with some extra planning you can at least save money on the essentials. Starting early is key to keeping your financial options wide open.</p> <h3>1. Get moving company recommendations from friends and family.</h3> <p>The cheapest price may get you boxes of broken dishes and torn upholstery. On one occasion, the bottom dollar company we hired never showed up on the day of our move. Paying an extra $100 for a better reputation is well worth it. And regardless of who you use, always confirm several days out as well as just before your move.</p> <h3>2. Negotiate rates and/or services.</h3> <p>Make sure you ask several vital questions before getting a quote:</p> <ul> <li>Does the rate include a two- or three-man crew?</li> <li>How much is the trip fee?</li> <li>Do you charge extra for moving up and down flights of stairs?</li> <li>Is there an extra charge for moving large objects like pianos?</li> <li>Are dolly and moving blanket rentals included?</li> </ul> <p>After you have a solid quote including all charges, call around to get comparables. Although many large, centrally run companies can't negotiate prices, they can throw in extras for free.</p> <h3>3. Snag boxes from grocery and department stores.</h3> <p>While you don't want soggy old boxes carting the family heirlooms from one abode to another, you can still find solid boxes in good shape from local merchants. Ask a manager when they receive shipment and offer to take some boxes off their hands. I picked up some wine boxes from Walmart during our last move and had built in padding for moving dishes.</p> <h3>4. Ask about two-way and one-way rates on trucks.</h3> <p>Prices vary wildly for truck rentals depending upon your destination. If you happen to relocate to a college town around the semester break, you'll probably get a stellar rate since most moving companies there need a surplus of trucks for students moving away after graduating. Sometimes it's cheaper (even accounting gas costs) to drive the truck back to its original pick up location.</p> <h3>5. Know when to pay by the hour or pay a flat rate.</h3> <p>If you are moving from a two or three bedroom apartment, you'll probably get a better rate paying hourly &mdash; especially if you have everything stacked neatly and ready to load. Moving from larger house, you'll want to get flat rate quotes since hourly will run you a higher price tag.</p> <h3>6. Avoid storage delivery/pickup services.</h3> <p>They sound too good to be true...because they are. The new thing is a mobile storage facility that's delivered to your site. You pack it and they move it to storage until you need it. Every quote I've received for these companies is at least 300% higher than the same service with a crew that helps you move boxes. You'll have to pack it yourself and even pay more than if you had professional help! Unless you're rolling in money, this will kill your moving budget.</p> <h3>7. Move on a weekday &mdash; preferably Tuesday.</h3> <p>Statistically, gas prices are cheaper on Tuesday. And most movers charge less for weekday moves. But this can change based on demand so get a quote for several dates.</p> <h3>8. Dump some junk.</h3> <p>Do you drag the same junk from house to house? If you're not going to use that weight bench anymore, why waste money moving it? Salvation Army and thrift stores will often pick up quality furniture or appliances. You can also try selling your stuff on Craigslist or eBay.</p> <h3>9. Inquire about truck rental and storage packages.</h3> <p>Some movers, like Uhaul, offer packages for folks who need truck rentals and storage facilities. Sometimes the deals can get you a month of free storage with a certain size truck rental. Make sure you check out how what type of storage is being offered &mdash; climate controlled will be more expensive than an outdoor garage.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="guestpost-blurb"> <p><em>This is a guest post by the </em><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/"><em>Coupon Sherpa</em></a><em>, a source of reliable online, printable and grocery coupons. 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