It is a great feeling to score a high-paying job across the country. Or maybe you just want to break the routine and explore a different part of the States. Whatever the reason for your cross country move is, one thing remains certain – they are definitely expensive.
As a professional Chicago moving company we have a lot of experience in long distance moves. And while we try to provide the best prices for our clients, the reality is simple – longer moves come out more expensive. But are there some ways to reduce that cost? Indeed, there are! So let’s check them out.
A Bit of General Advice
We have given a lot of advice on how to cut down on your moving costs. But it is good to reiterate some of it. As a general principle, the best way to reduce such expenses is to minimize the items you have to move. This means that a good cleanup will end up being doubly beneficial – it will remove unnecessary items, while also reducing your moving costs. Plus, if you sell some of these, you may pay for a good chunk of your relocation fees.
Here are the things that you should reduce from the get-go – books, magazines and old clothes. It is great to have a large library, but too often you don’t even read the books there. We have seen a lot of people with books laying around just because they are a gift or maybe they’ve been bought, read and just left there. The same applies for clothes as well. Closets are full of clothes that are not worn. Why keep them?
Pick the Right Time
While this is also a generally good advice, it is doubly so for long distance moves. We are talking about big price difference for holiday and weekend moves, compared to weekday ones. And that’s not all – season also matters. Since people like to move during warmer months, you may choose to go for a more unpopular time. This is sure to reduce the overall cost of the service.
Do Your Own Packing
Packing can be stressful, tedious and extremely boring. But if you want to cut down on your costs, this is among the best ways to do it. However, there is a caveat. If you have no experience in packing, you may end up wasting your time, packing things inefficiently or even unsafely. So how do you avoid that? Do your research. Look up proper packing techniques, and figure out what grade of packing materials you should buy.
Maybe your cross country move does not need to leave you bankrupt after all. If you are smart enough to employ some DIY techniques and arrange your schedule in a way that won’t make the move more expensive, you will be on the right track.
Don’t forget that you can always give us a call if you feel in a rut. We will be there to help in no time!