Learn How to Minimize the Costs Involved in Moving

12Oct 2011

One of the main reasons why homeowners do not necessarily looking forward to moving are the costs involved. They think that hiring the services of professional movers will cost them an arm and a leg, so they'd rather risk the damage to their personal possessions by attempting the move themselves. But aside from breaking your back when lifting heavy boxes or breaking your grandmother's china, there are a lot of other hassles involved in not hiring professional movers.

The good news is that you can minimize the costs involved. Here are a few tips on how you can do just that:
•    Decide which heavy furniture you really want to bring to your new home.
Once you have confirmed the date of your move, have an inventory of your things in the house. Do you really want to bring that heavy mattress which needs to be replaced, anyway? Or how about that too-firm sofa which nobody ever sits on? Organize your things in such a way that you'd know which items to donate, put out on a garage sale or simply throw away in the dumpster.

•    Determine the type of removals company that you can hire.
The distance from your old house to your new place and the weight of the boxes that need to be transported are the two major factors which affect the cost of hiring a removals company. If you are planning a small move, you can either rent a moving van or truck and do the moving yourself; or hire a firm which specializes on small moves.

•    Make a comparison of the removals companies' price quotations.
For those who need full-fledged removals services, make a comparison of the quotes that you can gather from different companies so that you can decide which one works best.

•    Other tips to remember.
Before signing a contract, make sure to check on the Terms and Conditions so you can be sure that there are no hidden charges. Lastly, plan the move by buying supplies, organizing and packing your things way in advance so that you can have a hassle-free moving experience.

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