- Posted August 23, 2013 by
Fighting the cost of moving
The summer is one of the most popular times to move. In addition to anxious college students moving into their first dorms, there are thousands of families and businesses taking advantage of the summer months to move. However, the cost of moving continues to rise and has forced many people to think of ways to save money.
A recent report indicates that many individuals and businesses underestimate their moving costs. They fail to note some of the hidden costs involved in the process and do not budget correctly. MyOffice reveals that businesses should estimate $4.25 to $5.75 in moving costs per rentable square footage. Unfortunately, many people fail to prepare adequately and later complain about the high prices.
Understanding the real cost of moving is essential for budgeting. Before the first box is taped or labeled, individuals and businesses have to create a plan that will help them fight the cost of relocating. The first step involves creating a list of all the costs that come with moving. The list should include the fees for packers, movers and rental trucks. In addition, it should have estimates for the costs of disconnecting services and reconnecting them in a new location. Furthermore, fees such as security deposits and parking permits may need to be considered.
Often, people who are relocating discover that there is something missing from their budget. It can range from the cost of packing tape to the cost of setting up a new phone line, but without prior preparation the problems can create a heavy toll on an already stressful process. The only ways to avoid these issues are to carefully plan out the move or consult an expert.
For individuals and small businesses who believe a DYI approach suits them better, the costs still need to be considered. They may actually face higher prices if the planning process is not handled correctly. After renting a truck and purchasing all the necessary supplies, they also need to consider gas and insurance. Additionally, an important point that often gets neglected is the loss of time. If a small business is busy packing the phones and file cabinets into boxes, then there is the chance that clients and services can get neglected. A DYI approach has to be weighed against the possible loss of business income.
The only way to fight the cost of moving is to understand the price tags before the first roll of tape is even purchased. It is possible to save money by borrowing moving supplies, getting volunteers to pack or figuring out a way to convince family members to move items. Although this approach may work for some individuals, businesses have other issues that they must contend with and need to consider other ways to save money. Companies must shop around for the best prices, compare costs, consider moving during the weekday to save money and consider having staff do the packing. Purchasing moving supplies in bulk to save money is another option. It is possible to plan out the relocation process without getting hurt by hidden costs.