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February 23, 2016
Let’s face it, sometimes you have to pay professionals to get your household goods to your next residence.

You simply may not have the time, ability or inclination to do it yourself.

No matter what the reason, don’t think you have to pay top dollar just because you’ve contracted a professional mover. There are ways to cut your costs.

If you can plan the date of your move, experts say that mid-month sometime between September and April will be the least expensive times.

Summer is very popular for moving because the kids are out of school so because of supply and demand movers can get the best rates then.

Also, if at all possible schedule the mover ahead of time. Some charge more for last minute bookings.

Bargaineering.com has some other tips to not only save you money, but also get your belongings to their destination unscathed.

Purge your living quarters

Get rid of whatever you don’t absolutely need so you don’t pay to move the detritus.

Countless places on the Internet give advice on decluttering.

If you’re a saver who has trouble getting rid of stuff, you might invite a friend to help you decide what goes and what doesn’t.

One steadfast rule says to discard or donate anything you haven’t used or worn for a year.

If you’re considering tossing something that still has value, sell it on ebay, Craigslist or OfferUp and use the cash you receive to help with your relocation.

Sell or have a thrift store pickup any furniture that won’t physically fit into your next home.

Shop around

You need to follow some guidelines so you engage a legitimate moving company. If you don’t, and a fraudulent operation absconds with all your furniture and goods, it doesn’t really matter that you saved money.

You’re still without your possessions.

Companies without scruples also hold personal belongings hostage as they continue to raise the fee you need to pay to get them back.

A good place to search for an honest, professional mover is the American Moving and Storage Association.

On that site you can choose to have up to six movers contact you or research the ones that look good yourself.

Friends and family members may also have recommendations.

When you’ve pared down the possibilities, invite three or four of the best ones to make in-home estimates.

Show them everything that you need moved. If you hold back, you’ll have more stuff to relocate on the day of the move and that gives them the opportunity to raise their price.

Be cautious of very low bids and also extremely high ones. Compare how they differ before making your final decision.

When you’ve found a potential mover, ask to see their license and insurance information.

Check the Better Business Bureau and other review sites for complaints about the company you’re thinking of engaging.

Strike a bargain

Before signing the contract, negotiate the items in the fine print you don’t want the movers doing. They often charge fees for these extras.

  • Assembling your furniture.
  • Taking apart large appliances at your old location and reassembling them after move.
  • Transporting items up and down many stairs.
  • Making any extra stops to pick up or drop off your belongings.

You may want to move some of the goods yourself because you’re driving to the new location anyway.

Because movers charge by the pound, discuss the number of pounds you’ll transfer with the estimator and only pay for the number of pounds that the professional will be moving.

If you or someone you know is scammed by a disreputable mover, visit MoveResecue to get help.

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