Move to White Plains NY Now And Save Vs. Summertime Moving!
With the New Year and holidays over – many people start to think about making changes. For some, changes may include a new home in White Plains or another nearby city like Scarsdale or Ardsley. Looking for a new home can be a challenge and few life changes are more stressful than moving. Fortunately, the professionals at Prudential Centennial can help you through your next move.
Whether it’s starting a new job, searching for a better school system for your children or just a fresh start, there are some real advantages to making your move during the winter months.
Here are some tips that will help you save money on your next move:
· Lighten the load – The best way to cut the costs of moving is by cutting the amount of stuff you move. More items mean bigger trucks, more boxes, and so on. Typically speaking, most moving companies set rates based on how much your household weighs and how far that load will be moved. Consider a Yard Sale or look into donating to a local charity. Lastly, if you have not used something in years – you’re probably not going to use it for years to come – this is the perfect time to purge!
- Avoid a summer move – It’s best to avoid a move from mid-June to mid-September. Why? It is the time that kids are out of school and moving companies are stretched to the max, adding a premium on to the cost of moving. In fact, on average moving companies will increase their rates by 10 to 20%, which can be very significant. Keep in mind; it is often cheaper to move in the middle of the month rather than the end as many leases expire at the end of the month, increasing the amount of people moving during that time. With many companies booked up, clients often see a delay in their moving dates to accommodate the moving company rather than the mover.
- Understand Insurance – Moving companies will often include basic insurance coverage with their service. Rates can fluctuate, but are generally around 60 cents per pound per item. Heirlooms, high end furniture and art are all examples of high end items that may not be covered efficiently with a basic plan. Consider taking a policy that offers full replacement value. The best way to do this is to get 3 quotes and compare costs and service structure as insurance costs can add up very quickly.
- Comparison Shop – The best idea is to get 3 estimates from moving companies and compare them, and their service. Though there are many online services (unpakt.com) where you can first assess your needs and potential costs, having each firm come over and review exactly what you’ll need moved may avoid additional costs/confusion. Always get a written estimate from each company, and ask for an all-inclusive, guaranteed price.
- Do It Yourself – You can always save money by moving yourself. Going DIY can mean more options that will save money, but be aware, it also means a lot more time, effort and stress. Consider services that rent large containers you can fill at your leisure and are then relocated for you.
- Haggle – The moving industry is very competitive. This can mean more flexibility for you and your wallet. Make your intentions to receive 3 written estimates clear up front, and inquire about price matching. Once you have selected the company you are most comfortable with, if their estimate is not the lowest, ask them to match the price of the lowest competitor.
- Write it Off – The IRS permits a tax deduction on moving expenses associated with employment related relocation. Deductions include boxes, packing materials, truck rental or shipping, as well as travel expenses like airfare and gas.
There are so many ways to save money, time and stress by moving early in the year. Make the most of your next move today. Consult a professional realtor at Prudential Centennial Realty who can help your family save time, money and hassle as you relocate to your new home. Please visit us online and browse our detailed listings and photographs at: www.prudentialcentennial.com.