Moving to a new home may represent part of a life-changing experience like marriage, or it might simply represent a move to a less expensive apartment. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country move to Dallas, or you’re just moving down the street, there are several things you can do to make the adventure less expensive. Here are four ways to save on your moving costs in Texas.
Last minute decisions can significantly impact the overall cost of your relocation. For example, calling a moving company just a few days before you want to pack up and head out may add hundreds of dollars to the cost of your move, particularly if you’re moving in the middle of a busy season like summer. Making a list and crossing off various tasks along the way can save you money at every step.
Your move won’t be exactly like anybody else’s move, so your list may have several additional items on it that you need to complete before moving day. Plan early, and write that list early, too.
You might wonder why getting your utilities and services set up early would save you money, and there are several reasons handling these tasks early can save you money down the road. First, setting up your utilities early and making sure they’re active on move-in day reduces the chance you’ll need to head out to eat, which can cost a lot more money than making a meal at home.
Tip: Make sure you have a box clearly marked “kitchen stuff, open first!” It’s tough to make a meal in your home on your new gas stove if you don’t have any pots and pans. Plus, you won’t be tempted to buy new kitchen items that you already own, simply because the box with your cooking utensils is buried somewhere in the living room.
Another reason setting up your utilities and services early is a good idea in that it can help you comparison shop and find great, seasonal deals. If you have to get your internet access at the last minute when you’re already moved into your house, you might not have the time to find the best deal. Starting your search a few months early can help you locate the lowest price for services.
Summertime is one of the busiest times for Dallas moving companies because kids aren’t in school and parents often try to move when their children are between classes. Students also often graduate in May or June and head out to find apartments in the summer. With the increase in moving activity during the summer, you may find that securing the services of a moving company is more expensive.
Additionally, you might not be able to choose the best moving company in your area because that company will already have a full schedule by the time summer rolls around. Not only may you have to settle for a subpar moving company if you call at the last minute in the summer, but you may even have to pay more for lower quality service.
Consider: If you must move during the summer because of children or a specific start date at a new job, you might want to try moving on a weekday or as far away from the summer’s main holidays (Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day) as possible. Prices increase when demand is high, and many people choose to move on the weekend.
There are a few signs that indicate you’re working with a moving company with a poor reputation, and some simple comparison shopping before your move can save you a lot of money and time. For example, never work with a moving company who won’t come to your home or business to give you an estimate for their services.
Additionally, avoid working with moving companies that don’t have company-branded trucks and a physical address where they keep their trucks and manage operations. The best moving companies will always provide all the information you request without hesitation.
Work with the expert movers at Ameramove for your next business or residential relocation. Our crews have years of experience in relocations of all kinds and sizes, and our drivers are the most experienced in the industry. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your next move and how we can create a stress-free, efficient, and affordable relocation for your family or business.