Cheaper isn't always better
You don't want your move to cost you a fortune. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cut costs. However, in the pursuit of lower prices it's quite possible that you become overly focused on the bottom line. Sometimes it just makes sense to shell out extra money up front to get your furnishings safely from one home to the next. Not only will your move be smoother, but it may actually save you money in the long run. Before moving, consider the following instances when a little more cash can go a long way.
Selecting the right business
Choosing to use a moving company can feel like failure for some. Given the prices of some businesses, it can feel like highway robbery to pay people for a job you might as well do yourself. Because of this, some people opt for the least expensive movers because how different could one company be from the next?
The truth is, the movers you choose can make a huge difference in the transportation of your valuables. As detailed in Time Magazine's Business & Money section, "all movers are not created equal." Some are timely, efficient and know how to handle with care. Others are the equivalent of a bull in a china shop. Time recommended that people thoroughly research moving companies, and invite at least three to visit their home. You will want to show the movers what they'll be working with so they can provide a better estimate. It will also give you an opportunity to better gauge the way they conduct business. If you have a bad feeling about a company, then don't go with them. Don't make your decision based off of online price quotes and don't sign off a large payment upfront.
The heart of the matter is that you want to pick your moving company based on who will best accomplish your job at a reasonable price. When it comes to moving companies, it's also important to remember that incredibly low prices are often a red flag. While you shouldn't necessarily pay top dollar, you should keep a keen eye out for businesses that will respect your furnishings and you as a client.
It's not just the kind of movers you hire that affect your experience on moving day, but also the materials you choose to use to pack your goods. You can get used cardboard boxes for free from local grocery stores and recycling centers. You can also use the boxes you kept from your last big life transition. However, if you're planning to move a number of valuables, you may not always want to opt for free resources. Heavy books and heirlooms can rip through an old cardboard box like butter, or else crumple under the weight of other valuables. The damage to your personal goods will mean that your free moving supplies are no longer without cost. For particularly heavy or delicate valuables, it may be worth your while to get double-thick boxes, or even use plastic containers.
Paper, plastic and bubble wrap are other packing materials that you may neglect. While newspaper is a fine, inexpensive option for wrapping some dinnerware and glasses, it's never a good idea to skimp on these packing materials. Be sure to thoroughly wrap large, delicate furnishings such as mirrors and paintings - don't just pack them unprotected. Use bubble wrap for especially fragile goods.