Lone Star Self Storage in Austin can save you money while you move.
Moving is hard work: it’s also not cheap to do. But you don’t need to break the bank to get to your next home: with some careful advance planning, you’ll be able to get to where you need to go and save money at the same time.
The first thing to do is figure out how much you can spend and put it in writing. You should take account of additional fees for heavy items (such as furniture), any bills you expect to have it both your new and old residences and whether or not there will be a bill overlap. It may help to put everything on an Excel spreadsheet.
If you are doing a long-distance move, the next thing you’ll need to do is get an estimate for moving costs from three to five van lines in your area. Always remember that out-of-town movers, unlike local ones, will charge you for travel time. You should also factor in insurance costs as well as a tip for your movers.
If you are just moving across town rather than to another city or state, you may want to renting a truck or van to help you transport your belongings. Be sure to add the cost of gas, moving tools and supplies to the vehicle rental fees you will be paying.
When it comes time to pack, know that you have two options. You can get your moving company to pack for you, but this will add up to 25% to your total bill. If you do it yourself, you’ll save money, especially if you pack light. Consider selling, giving away or throwing out everything you no longer use. Storing those items you can’t do without is also an option and Lone Star Self Storage can help you select the unit that accommodates both your belongings and budget.
Packing supplies will also add to your costs. Boxes, bubble wrap and moving blankets aren’t expensive, but the bill for these items can add up very quickly. Make sure to set aside a little more than you expect for these materials to ensure that nothing gets broken on the road to your new home.
You’ll also be spending money on moving day for such things as gas, food and, in the case of long-distance moves, hotels. If you are flying, you’ll need to record the costs of plane tickets and all associated fees. Don’t forget to also factor in the costs you will be facing when you are settling into your new place. These could include security deposits, mortgage payments and the prices for starting various utility services.
Once you are satisfied that you have included all costs in your budget, you should still add 5 to 10% of the final tally to your projected expenses. This will allow you to cover any unexpected fees that crop up along the way.
Moving is expensive, but it doesn’t have to bankrupt you. With a little lead time and some help from your friends at Lone Star Self-Storage, you can spare your wallet without sacrificing your needs.