The Best Ways To Save Money When Moving In Boston
Boston is one of the most expensive cities to live in. The real estate prices seem to climb every year and the rental market is just as bad if not worse. Because of this, it is important to save money when and where you can. Moving is also expensive, but there are ways to save money and eliminate needless spending if you know what to look for. Below are some helpful tips to save money when moving in Boston.
1. Get Rid of Items You No Longer Need
Moving costs are almost always based on the list of items you actually have to move, whether your move is charged based on the hour, volume, or weight. This is why it is important to make sure you actually care about the items you are moving, before you pay to have them moved. For this reason, a move or relocation is the perfect opportunity to go through that basement or spare room you have been putting off for so long.
Remember you can deduct some items from your taxes if you donate them to charity. A great thing about charitable organizations is not only are you doing good for your community, but most of them have a pick up service available where they will come to your home and pick up large items that you are donating.
2. Start Early
One of the best and time tested ways to save money on a move is to start early. Not only does this allow you more time to get as many quotes as you possibly can, but you also have access to the "first-comer" rates for whatever day you want to move. This is extremely important on highly demanded moving days like August 31st and September 1st in Boston for example.
It also allows you to start planning on what you will need for materials early. When you consciously aware of the boxes and materials you need, you can get the from unusual sources in order to save money. One great place to look is the office you work in (If you work in an office). They often have an abundance of boxes from shipments coming in that they just recycle and will never use again.
**TV Boxes** All LCD TVs and Plasma TVs need to be placed into a proper box. Having a proper box is crucial as it is the only way to ensure adequate protection for your tv. A lot of people want to wrap the TV in bubble wrap and this does hardly anything to protect a tv from damages. Keep in mind your items are stacked together when inside the truck. Having an appropriate box not only allows movers to do this, but it also helps support and protect your tv during the loading process.
3. Try To Avoid Days That Everyone Else Also Wants To Move
Growing up my father used to buy firewood right at the start of the summer if it was available. When I was younger I asked him why and he said , "because no one is thinking about needing wood for the winter yet, and prices are low." This made more sense to me when I discovered the law of supply and demand. Supply and demand applies to so many different things in our economy and the moving industry is no exception.
Demand for moving services is at its highest in Boston during the summer months, especially August. People usually move during this month because they have no choice. Due to the number of universities in the area, leases for apartments usually end on Aug 31 and begin anew on September 1. Homes sales also rise during summer months, creating even more demand. When everyone else around you wants the same thing you do, prices are high. Just look at Iphones. It is best to move during off season months if you can, which is anytime form October to April.
4. Check to See if You Can Deduct Some Expenses From Your Move
Even if you are not getting help from your employer for your relocation, you can always look into getting a deduction on your federal and state taxes. As long as your relocation was work-related, meaning you moved to start a new job or a move was necessary for the current job you have, you should at least get some form of a deduction. Check your state website to learn more about moving deductions. You can find information for federal reductions here.
5. Check The Insurance Policies You Already Have Before Buying Additional Insurance
Insurance for protecting your items is often the most misunderstood portion of your move. To put it simply, you have a few different options when it comes to insurance. You can elect the minimum liability coverage that is free, you can purchase additional full replacement coverage (The most expensive option), or, you can investigate whether or not your homeowners or renters insurance policy will cover your goods while being moved.
Renters and/or homeowners insurance is the first place you should start. If that avenue doesn't work out, the next step would be to find a third party insurance company. Do not forget to ask yourself if you even need additional insurance in the first place.
**Note** Most insurance companies will not cover certain items, even if you purchased insurance from them. The most common misconception is about items made of press-wood, like IKEA furniture. Also note that insurance companies will not cover items packed inside boxes that you have packed yourself. As with everything with moving, always ask if you do not know.