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One of the most interesting storylines of 2021 was the great migration that accompanied the Great Resignation. Part of the reason housing prices are at record highs is that so many people moved in pursuit of new jobs or discovered they could finally work from anywhere.
No matter the reason for uprooting, you’re certain to save money if you put as much thought into how you move as you do into where you move.
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Plan Ahead — Way Ahead
A rushed move is an expensive move. With so many moving parts to consider, haste almost certainly guarantees costly unforced errors and avoidable headaches along the way.
“The earlier you start to plan your move, the less stressful and less expensive your move will be,” said Ali Wenzke, author of the bestselling book “The Art of Happy Moving.”
“Whether you plan to hire movers or rent a truck to make the move on your own, give yourself time to get multiple estimates and then negotiate. Also, you may find that renting a truck 20 minutes further away from your home can save you $50. When you are in a rush to book something because everything else is sold out, you may miss this opportunity.”
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Part of the reason you want to start early is to give yourself time to vet all of the service providers that go into transporting your entire life from one place to the next.
“Get at least three moving estimates before you move,” said Chris Dennis of Lile Relocation Services. “Outline all your moving needs so the moving company knows which services you will require, such as full or partial packing. This will help you find a moving company that fits within your moving budget.”
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Move as Little Stuff as Possible
The two biggest factors in the cost of a move are distance, which you can’t change, and weight, which you can.
“One of the best ways to save money and stress before you move is by getting rid of every item you don’t want, use, need or love,” said Katie Barton, a professional organizer/declutterer and founder of Cabin Lane. “And luckily, if you plan at least a few weeks in advance, you can have the items you’…….