Moving can be costly to anyone moving locally or across the country. Being in the Vail Valley can even be more challenging because of bad weather and mountainous roads which can cause access to home driveways a problem. The first decision to make is whether to move everything yourself or hire a mover. It is important to set up a budget for each moving scenario to make an informed decision on which way to go. Here are eight ways to save on moving costs:
- If you have a choice on when you can move out of the Vail area, plan the move during the moving industry’s off season which is spring and fall. Summer months and weekends are the busiest for the moving industry so it can be more expensive.
- Reduce the amount of items that you pack by first going through your clothes, dishes, toys etc. and do some weeding out. Long distance moving costs are based on the weight of your shipment and the miles the shipment travels. You might even plan a garage sale. In weeding out your stuff, you will not be moving that extra weight. Local moving is usually based on an hourly rate, so if there is less to move it should take a shorter time to move.
- Being flexible with your dates to move, may help you on your price.
- Doing your own packing can save you a substantial amount of money. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable packing a particular painting, you can always have the mover pack that and you pack the remaining. But you always want to have packed your goods safely, so they arrive in good condition.
- Be sure your home is ready to be moved into. If the movers arrive and have to wait for you, a waiting charge can be accessed. If you can’t get into your home and the driver has to take your shipment to the nearest Allied Van Lines, Inc. agency’s warehouse, charges for storage in transit and an additional delivery charge will be accessed.
- Keep all your receipts. You may be able to deduct your moving expenses off your tax return. You can check this out at the IRS website or consult your tax adviser.
- Moving extra-large items such as a boat and travel trailer will cost extra funds. A bulky fee will be accessed. Moving these items by another method may save you money.
- Because of the mountainous roads and access to some driveways in the Vail Valley, it is especially important to have your sidewalks and driveways clear of snow. This will save the movers time and they can get started moving your goods immediately on to their trucks which in the long run can save you money and time.
Being prepared and knowing what to expect when moving can help alleviate the stress as well as save money. If you have any Vail moving or storage questions, Columbine Moving and Storage in the Eagle, Colorado office can help answer these questions.