Moving your house, family and belongings can be stressful, exciting, scary, fun, and expensive. Moving them across the country however, that’s a whole other ballgame.
Finding a Winnipeg moving service that will value your stuff as much as you do and work hard to get your move done efficiently and safely is of utmost importance. But, finding a service that will do that without costing you your nest egg should be a close second.
Make no mistake, the costs of moving across the landscape to the opposite coast are going to cost you a fair bit of money, but you probably already were aware of that. Our job is to help you on the path of saving money where you can and getting you the best deal possible.
Here are our 4 best tips for saving some greenbacks.
Look Outside of Your Hometown
Typically, whenever we’re looking for a company to handle a certain job for us, we look locally. Our mechanics, accountants, babysitters, plumbers, and landscapers all probably are within a short driving distance, and that makes sense.
Unless you’re moving to a whole new part of the country.
Your options for cross country moving services are most likely going to be limited, especially if you only look for companies that are near your current home. But remember, they’ll be traveling 3000 miles to make the move with you, so expand your search.
This is especially true if you currently live in a small town. With competition not really being a factor, companies tend to charge more than they would if you had other options. Look to metropolitan areas around you and see what options are available there. You may even be able to negotiate with that local company if you find a good deal from a neighboring city.
Search Where You’ll be Moving to
In the same sense as above, nothing constitutes expanding your search quite like looking a few thousand miles away.
However, if you find a company that is near the town you’ll be moving to, give them a call. If they have a crew and trucks that will be around your current home near the date of your move, you may get a heck of a deal.
Any type of trucking service, movers included, hate to “dead head”. That’s an industry term for traveling long distance without a load. These miles are considered wasted miles. They’ll be paying for food, the driver, the crew and any maintenance related expenses without a load to offset those costs.
If they’re able to catch a load for the ride back, it’ll save them a considerable amount of money. With that knowledge in hand, convince them to pass some of those savings on to you.
Thin the Herd
You’ve got a lot of stuff. And from the outside, it probably seems like it’s all precious and irreplaceable. But the truth is, most people end up packing and moving way more than they need to.
Take the time and commit to getting rid of anything you don’t need or use. Doing so will lower your cost of materials, labor hours and could possibly change the size of the truck you’ll be needing, which could result in huge cost savings.
Offer a Free Road trip
One regular hurdle faced by cross country movers is getting their vehicles to their new homes. If you have more than you can drive yourself, consider offering a close friend or family member a somewhat free road trip.
The costs associated with having a car shipped across the nation could be mind-bogglingly expensive depending on the vendors at your disposal. So much so, that offering to lodge a driving buddy and fly then home once you are at your destination could easily be a cheaper alternative.
Moving isn’t fun. It isn’t always easy. And it’s definitely not cheap. But we think with these tips and a well thought out plan, you can easily save your hard earned money when moving across the country.