Here at Budget Moving Trucks, we are experts at helping you save money when you move. We know that moving is a big undertaking and also a big expense. Today, we share with you some of our best money saving moving tips. You will see where you can cut corners, how preparing ahead and being organized can help you save, and what questions you should ask when renting a moving truck.
Be Prepared and Plan Ahead for Your Move
The number one thing that you can do to save money when you move is to plan ahead. Planning ahead will reduce the amount of stress involved in a move in addition to saving you money; it will also help you to be more organized. If you wait until the last minute to take care of things for your move, you almost certainly will pay more because you will no longer have the luxury of time to compare prices or search for bargains. Planning ahead can help you in the following areas:
- Find free moving boxes, or even crates or wooden containers from stores that no longer need them and are giving them away.
- Compare rates on moving companies or moving truck rentals.
- Get organized and label all of your boxes and each room. This will also help you judge what size moving truck you need so that you don’t end up paying too much for one that is too big or stuck with the dilemma of one that is too small.
- Plan out all the details of your move and keep everything in a sequential order.
- Get mover’s insurance. This will help give you peace of mind and even though it is an extra expense, it will save you money in the long run if there is ever a problem.
- When you are organized in advance of your move, you will know what extra moving supplies you need such as bubble wrap, tape, labels, straps, padding, dollies, etc. This will prevent you from having to run out at the last minute and get them and pay whatever the price is at the nearest store you find.
Money Saving Questions You Should Ask When Renting a Moving Truck
Give yourself enough time to review and evaluate moving truck companies. When you have the chance to get all the information from companies and compare the types of trucks and all of the extras (or lack of extras) that come with the truck rental, you can see what the best bargain is for your buck.
Here are 5 questions you should ask when renting a moving truck to ensure you get the best rate:
- What size moving truck do I need? There are many different size moving trucks, moving vans, or utility trucks, known in Australia as Utes. Make sure that you end up with the moving vehicle that is the right size for you. No need to pay extra for a truck that is larger than you need and even worse is to end up with a truck that is too small and you are scrambling at the last minute to find a way to get all of your belongings moved. Planning ahead will help you know how many boxes you are moving so that you can be matched with the right size moving truck.
- Is there any special license or registration required for my moving truck rental? Be aware that some of the largest size moving trucks might require you to have a special license. Some trucks need a special registration. Ask if the moving company includes any fees for these items or if there is an extra charge.
- Is a one way moving rental available? Many companies charge extra for one way rentals. Look for specials on one way moves. Obviously, if you are moving a long distance away, you aren’t going to be returning your moving truck back to the same location you picked it up from.
- What is included in my moving truck rental rate? Some moving companies include gas and a certain distance allowed per day and some charge additional for that. Be sure that when you are comparing rates, you ask what is included and what the extra fees are. Take into consideration where you are going and map out your route so that you can ask about fees for the distance you are driving.
- What other fees are added on to my moving truck rental? Some moving companies quote you a low rate but then add on other fees. At Budget, we include administrative fees, vehicle registration fees, and GST with our rental prices. Some companies many add those on to the initial fees that you quote, making the initial quote look much less than what the actual charge ends up.
Conclusion and Takeaways
Moving is almost never stress-free. There are always both physical and emotional factors tied into a move. Planning ahead and finding ways to reduce your moving costs are always a welcome benefit. Organizing yourself ahead of time will offer you the luxury of comparing prices to find the lowest cost on supplies, movers, or a moving trucks rental.