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Tips to Create a List of Moving Supplies for a Cheap Move

If you’ve ever moved house before, you know that it can be a pretty overwhelming process. There are all sorts of things you need to figure out, and all sorts of places where you may end up spending more cash than you may have originally thought. Moving supplies is one of the places where cost can get out of control without realizing it.

 

Cutting costs to stay within a budget is very helpful. But, how can you ensure that you get your moving supplies for cheap? Are you going to have to pay a lot of money so that you can pack things up correctly and as safely as you can?  Here are some things you want to look at in order to lessen those costs.

 

Consider Renting a Truck and Moving Yourself

 

In some cases, you may just want to go ahead and take care of things on your own. If you’re doing a local move, it’s actually relatively affordable to get a moving truck rental for a day or two. But, you also need to have the manpower and patience to take care of it yourself.

 

Look into this option and talk to some family and friends who may be able to help you with this process. You’ll want to give them some sort of thank you – food and drink is pretty standard – but it is still going to be more affordable than what you’d see with any other options.

 

Find Free and Low-Cost Packing Materials

 

There are so many different types of packing materials out there nowadays, so you may have a much simpler time finding something that works for your budget. Low-cost options include packing peanuts and rolls of bubble wrap – but you can go further.

 

If you are ordering from online places in this in-between time, you may find that you’re getting packing materials from their boxes. On top of that, you can often go to stores and ask for the previous day’s newspapers, which work really well. If you’re willing to do a little bit of legwork, you can get the packing materials for fairly low costs.

 

Use Clothing as Packing Material

 

In some cases, you are going to have the packing material right there in your home, without buying anything. If you make sure that all of your clothing and bedding is as clean as possible, then you’ll be able to utilize it as part of the packing material inside of boxes.

 

Clothing can provide the same sort of function. It’s soft, and it provides something for your fragile items to bump up against so that they don’t get damaged. Plus, it ensures that you have places to actually put your clothing, instead of forcing you to pack it up in suitcases and other places.

 

Get Boxes from Local Businesses

 

Local businesses always have boxes available. Typically, they’ll just break them down and send them to recycling (or the dumpster, depending on your locality). But, if you go into a business and ask them if they can hold some boxes aside for you, they will likely oblige.

 

Your best options are to go to office buildings and to liquor stores. Office buildings typically have multiple businesses within them, and it’s likely that they are going to be using some sort of paper products there. Printer paper boxes (and other boxes that hold paper) can be really, really useful when you want to move books and other heavy things.

 

Liquor store boxes, on the other hand, are also heavy-duty, and they typically have dividers with them. That makes it really easy for you to pack knick-knacks and other fragile items carefully. You can also pack books in them; you’ll just have to take out the dividers.

 

Be Smart in How Much You Pack

 

As you’re putting together your supplies list, you need to be sure that you compare it with your inventory list. What exactly is going with you? Have you taken the time to split your items into “what’s going with me,” “what’s getting donated,” and “what’s getting tossed?” It’s time-intensive, but worth the effort that you put into the process.

 

If you take the time to do that, then you’re going to need fewer supplies to pack what is actually going with you. Fewer boxes, fewer inside materials – and thus, you can make a shorter, more affordable list of what you need to get your hands on.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. Are vacuum-sealed bags worth it?

 

They may be. If you have a lot of items that can be compressed together, thus taking up less space and making it easier for you to pack things tightly, then it could be a pretty solid investment. There are reusable vacuum bags available, so you can have them handy for whatever you need them for.

 

  1. Will shipping save me money?

 

Sometimes. You can ship books, CDs, and other “media” options as media mail, which is a whole lot cheaper than regular shipping costs. And, if you only have a handful of small to medium items that you can’t fit in your vehicle, you may find it cheaper to just go ahead and ship everything else. Look into shipping options and compare prices.

 

  1. What should I get rid of to save money on my move?

 

Do you have older furniture you can replace affordably when you get to your new place? That’s a big one; obviously, you can’t replace antiques, but you can replace that old sofa you’ve used since you got married. Sometimes, just getting rid of the junk and clutter can be really helpful as you try to reduce just how much is coming with you.

 

You’ve Got Affordable Moving Supplies – Now What?

 

If you’re looking to make your move affordable, you’ll need to take some time and really put together a list of all of the supplies that you may need in order to make it a reality. Explore what’s out there and compare prices – you’re sure to put together a plan that makes all those supplies more affordable.

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    Below are tips that you should follow to get good movers and not scams.

     

    1. Large Down Payment

     

    Usually, a lot of legitimate movers only request that you make a bit of a down payment before the job is done. They do not ask for everything to be paid before they move your things.

     

    After asking for small down payment before they start the job, they expect that you make the rest payment on delivery, immediately they are done with the job.

    This allows the firm to be held liable for ensuring that your properties get to their destination quickly and in a safe manner.

     

    If you see a moving company that requests that you make a large down payment, you should consider taking your business elsewhere because that screams of scam.

     

    Once they get the entire sum before movement, what will make them come over on the D-day and move you?

     

    2. Cash-Only Payments

     

    One thing you should know is that if you made a cash payment, you tend to get a higher value for your cash, but once you notice that it is only cash payments that the movers accept, you should be careful. If they don't accept anything else, apart from cash, you should run to the hills. It is advisable that you opt for credit card payments because it leaves a paper trail. If you have some disputes, how can you prove that you made payments if you opted for cash? The paper trail of a credit card can act as proof.

     

    One can tell a legitimate mover from those that are scammed by looking at how many payments forms that they have. If they don't have more than one, you should consider taking your business elsewhere. Ask them if they accept credit payments, as a legitimate one should. After that, you can decide to use such a payment form or cash.

     

    3. Extremely Low Rates

     

    A company that asks for a large down payment should leave you suspicious; the same can be said for very low rates. If you notice that the rates are too low, your red flag meter should start waving.

     

    One thing you should know is that moving is not a job that is done for a very affordable price. No one can do that, that's the basic truth. One thing you should note is that moving is not affordable, and once you find something like that, there is a great chance that it is a scam.

     

    The moving firm has vehicles to take care of and fuel; it also has employees that it has to pay and so on.

     

    Whatever estimates a moving company gives you should be compared with different estimates from another firm. How does it look like? Are the estimates too cheap for now? One thing you should know is that scams will give you a very cheap estimate at first, then on a moving day, they tell you that the rates have increased because of one flimsy reason or the other. At that moment, they know that finding a moving company will be almost impossible for you.

     

    4. No Logo

     

    It won't be a bad idea to look at their moving trucks. If you can, please do. See what kind of moving trucks they use. Are their logos on the trucks? Do the trucks look good or seem like things that came out of a freak show? These things should be considered. If you can't see the trucks, you can ask around. Who has used the moving company before? Did they use a marked moving truck or not?

     

    If you notice that your moving company comes on the D-day with a truck that is not marked with their logo, or a rental truck, you should become suspicious.

     

    Every legitimate mover embeds their logo on their moving truck, and that's the basic truth. Many of these movers use a rolling billboard to advertise their firm, while they get paid to move your properties around. If you notice that your moving company doesn't have a logo on the truck, and you can't see their phone number on it, there is a great chance that it can't be termed a legitimate one.

     

    5. No Address or Office

     

    A lot of companies, especially the movers, have running and updated websites. Their online presence can give you a hint if the company is legitimate or not. The internet is a perfect place to find scams. Sometimes, it is advised that before you use a product or service, you search the internet to see how legitimate it is. You can start by searching the name of the product or company and put 'scam' on it. There is a great chance that you will get hits if the company is a scam. Look at the moving company's website. How does it look like? Did you notice reviews? How genuine do they look? Do some companies fake their reviews? Do they have similar wording?

     

    Does the website have an address of the mover written there? Is the address just a city or a P.O. box? Whatever moving company that you opt for should have an address.

     

    Once you see the address, it is important to find out if it is genuine. You can track out if an address is really a building that houses companies or merely an empty lot. Find out yourself if you don't want to be scammed or be offered crappy services.

     

    6. No Bill of Lading

     

    Every legitimate mover will ask to sign a contract with you. Immediately you agree to use them; they will expect that you append your signature on their contract, this is usually called a Bill of Lading (BOL).

     

    What the bill of lading contains are things like estimated price, delivery date, as well as the needed supplies. Whatever BOL that you append your signature on should have words that specify that you won't have to make extra payments like driver's fee or compulsory tip. What you agreed on should be what is paid. This should be written on the contract.

     

    The BOL shouldn't be ignored because it ensures that both your properties and interests should be protected. You don't want your properties missing.

     

    7. Many Extreme Reviews

     

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    If you notice that every review there seems too positive, then there is a great chance that the reviews were faked.

     

    Look at the reviews that were written concerning a moving company on a popular review site before you make that decision.

     

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    If you can't find your moving company there, then you know what to do, run for your life.

     

    8. Scheduling Trouble

     

    If you notice that the movers keep postponing the move, then you should become very suspicious. Sometimes, change of schedule may occur, but it should only be once. Once it becomes more than one, you should consider running to the hills, when the scheduling changes become a lot, there is a high tendency that it is a scam. Try and look for another mover.

     

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    9. Lax Phone Etiquette

     

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    Call them on the phone and listen to their tone. What did you notice about the interactions? Are they too playful? Too serious?

     

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    Try to hear what's happening at the background while the conversation is ongoing. Is the person on the other end, shushing someone close to him? Can you hear kids playing about? What of screaming? It is quite easy to find out if someone is a scam or not by listening. Sometimes, the signs may be there, but since you are not alert, you may not notice them.

     

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    Tips to Cut Moving Cost and Expenses

    1. Define Your Budget: Before commencing the whole moving process, try as much as possible to define what you budget for the move, that way you will be able to monitor your expenses and easily know when a task is about gulping more than you budgeted.
    2. Request quotes from Different Moving company: Get quotes from moving companies, invite each of them over if possible so that they can have a good idea of the task at hand. Compare the quotes and decide which of the moving companies has a fair rate and is capable of delivering top-quality services. Trying to get a cheap company to handle your moving task should not mean lowering standard or quality of service so you have to ensure you are getting a fair rate with the possibility of being well-served at the same time.
    3. Get Rid of Trash: avoid moving items that you will not need in your new home as they will add to the weight of your belongings and thereby increase the moving rate. If you don’t need an item do not pay to move it. Getting rid of all clutters will go a long way in simplifying your task and lighten up the load you will be moving. You can give out items that you no longer need to friends and families or sell them.
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    5. Avoid the Middle Man: Do not hire the services of a moving company through an agent, third party or outsourcing company. Engaging a moving company directly by yourself will save you some cash, all you need to do is to do thorough research on which of the available companies will best suit your moving needs.
    6. Avoid Buying Packing Supplies: Search and for packing supplies from friends and families so that you don’t have to pay extra cash for them when you can get the supplies for free. Except for tape, every other item you need for packing can be gotten at no cost. You can get boxes from supermarkets, craigslist, and liquor stores among others. Use what you have in addition to what you can source for packing.
    7. Defrost the Freezer and Fridge: If you will be moving your freezer or fridge, make sure you defrost it ahead of time.
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    9. Ask Questions About Hidden Charges: Do not make assumptions, ask your moving company id there are any hidden charges. Ask if they will charge for repacking, heavy items, and the rate they charge per stairs.
    10. Get Portable Storage: Source for companies that will safely deliver a storage unit to your new apartment. This will help you save some money because you can do the packing by yourself, while your mover picks up the unit and deliver to your preferred location.

     

    All the tips discussed above can go a long way in helping you save so much on the cost and expenses needed to move your belongings either locally or across long distances. However, you should not sacrifice quality at the altar of getting cheap moving services. Make sure the moving company you are engaging is insured, secured, and licensed s that you will not go with the wrong company that will make you have a torrid moving experience.

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