Moving can be a nuisance, not to mention a pricey expense. Fortunately, there are ways to lower your relocation costs. Here are a few tips to go by.
One great way to save is to time your move right. While the weekend may be convenient for you, it's also peak time for movers, so expect to be charged more on these days.
Also avoid the beginning and end of the month, since rates go up as leases turn over during this time. Instead, try to schedule your move on a Tuesday or Wednesday in the middle of the month -- it can potentially save you hundreds.
Shaving as much time off your move is also a key way to cut costs, especially if your movers charge hourly. For furniture and other items that are too big to box, use brightly colored stickers or tape to mark which items need to be moved. This way, you won't waste time fielding questions from your movers. You can even color-code the stickers to indicate where the pieces should go in your new place.
Lastly, if you're relocating due to a change in employment, always save your moving receipts. In many cases, your expenses may be tax deductible, even if you don't itemize. For more info, check with your tax consultant. Happy moving!
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Sources: Global Real Analytics, rental data; U.S. Census Bureau, population and income. Average rent is for 1,000 sq.-ft. apartment. Population data based on 2005 estimates. Median income is for past 12 months by 2005 inflation-adjusted dollars.