Cheapest Way To Move

Cheapest Way to Move Long Distances

Determining the cheapest way to move across country can be more difficult than it at first might seem.  Back when you were in college and had barely a carload of stuff, moving was easy—you just got a little U-Haul and hit the road.  As you get older and accumulate more things, moving becomes a considerably bigger project.

When trying to determine the cheapest way to move there are certain considerations you want to keep in mind:

What do you really want to keep?

When you are about to move is great time to take an inventory of your possessions and to determine what you really want to keep.  If you have lived in a home for several years, you may have a basement or attic filled with furniture, old records, and old clothes that you haven’t used in years.  Now is a good time to donate those unused items to charity.

As a rule, if you have not used an item for more than five years, there is good chance you will never use it again.  Unless the item has sentimental value (e.g., your grandmother’s prized armoire) then you might consider discarding it.  It is usually cheaper to get rid of items, even if you have to have them hauled away, then to try to take them with you across country.

You might also consider whether your new home will be suitable for all of your current furniture.  If you know already that certain items will simply not work in your new home—either because of style of proportions, now it the time to discard the items not after you have gone through the trouble of hauling them across country.

Determine Whether it is Cheaper to Do it Yourself or Hire a Moving Company

It may seem obvious that moving things yourself would be the cheapest way to move.  This may not be the case however.  Although moving companies will seem more expensive when it comes to up front costs, you should consider the hidden costs of moving things yourself.  First, you must consider the time that it will take you do it yourself.  Moving is a full-time project and when you are moving you will not be able to attend to your professional work as conscientiously.  If you have a new job waiting for you at the other end of your move, you might not want to get off to a bad start.

In addition, you want to be sure that you have a vehicle that is capable handling the demands of moving.  If you are going to rent a moving truck and to drive your car separately, you will want to consider the cost of doing so.  Before you embark on such a trip, you want to make sure that you car is ready for the trip by getting it checked out by a mechanic and getting any necessary repairs done.  You will also want to calculate the cost in gas and wear and tear of taking you car across country.

Furthermore, even if you are planning to do it yourself, you will want to consider whether you will be able to load and unload you vehicle by yourself.  Will you be able to get friends or family to help on moving day or do you need to factor in the cost of hiring someone to help you load or unload?  Are you physically up to the task or do health concerns make this difficult or dangerous for you.  You should consider all of these factors into your decision.

In the end, you will usually find that doing it yourself is the cheapest way to move, but that it requires a great deal of careful thought and planning.  Therefore, you should start planning as early as possible.