Moving is a job that no one looks forward to. Hiring professional movers can lessen your backache, but it's not necessarily the least expensive way to go about hauling your stuff.
Putting some method into the move can help shave costs.
"If you do put some planning into it, a little forethought into it, it will save you a lot of money, 20 to 30 percent," Byron Cowling, with Byron Cowling Moving and Storage, said.
That means chucking junk.
"If you can go through the garage, the attic, the sheds. Box up everything you're wanting to move and throw out what you don't with craigslist or a garage sale," Cowling said.
You don't want to pay movers to transport stuff you don't plan on keeping. Also, time is money. Get small tasks done before the muscles arrive.
"Washers and dryers disconnected and refrigerators. Beds taken apart. It makes a tremendous difference on the other end once we're finished unloading you," Cowling said.
When deciding on a trailer size, Cowling said bigger is usually better.
"Inevitably at the end of a load when you think you got the right size you have a few things that just never seem to fit. I would suggest getting one a little bigger than you think. The gas mileage on them is the same. You're going to get six or seven miles to the gallon is all," Cowling said.
Timing is also a cash-costing factor for moving companies.
"They guarantee your rental. That means they put you on the books and they guarantee you're on the books, but they don't necessarily guarantee the truck will be there," Cowling said.
So, get on the schedule as soon as possible.
"Your odds and chances of getting the truck when you need it during the busy summer time will be a whole lot better," Cowling said.
When it comes pricing, proximity will dictate the bill.
"Local, we do it by the hour. On the out-of-town jobs we have to factor in the fuel and mileage. So, we give you a set price on it. All of our bids out-of-town are set in writing. We give you a written estimate for it," Cowling said.
Another money-saving moving tip: leave the trailer like you found it.
"Go ahead and gas it up. Make sure it comes up to the top. Seep and clean it out, so you don't get charged that extra 100 to 150 dollars at the end of the contract," Cowling said.
One last suggestion: don't pay for insurance you don't need.
Rental firms typically offer accident-related damage, but policies you have for everyday life might already cover you.