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Do You Really Need It? Cost-Effective Moving

Do you really need it?

I am meeting with customers all the time, and they always ask, " What can I do to keep the cost down?"

The best piece of information I can give to them is to go through their house, and if there are items that they haven't used in the past year, then it is probalby something that you can part with. Local moves are billed on an hourly rate, and long distance move charges are based on weight. By limiting what they move they will save on time needed to perform their move, or weight of the shipment.

The process of going through your posessions should take place before you have an estimator come to your home, that way you have an accurate description of what is moving and you can get a more accurate estimate.

Also, by doing this early in the move planning stage you give your self time to find charities to donate the items to, or sell the items at a tag sale, craigslist, or auctioneer. It does not make sense to pay to move items that you no longer have any use for.

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William Boylan March 05, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Good advice; unfortunately, many of us have become "pack rats"! :)
Jim G. March 05, 2013 at 12:08 AM
The time to ask this question is LONG before you need to move stuff - like, when you're considering buying it. Great place to "just say no."
Elizabeth Saede March 05, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Moving across CT a few years ago included downsizing to a much smaller house. At first, it was difficult to part with items but we are now surrounded by favorite things that are useful, beautiful & sentimental. Photos were taken of larger items that were inherited but didn't make the move with us. We enjoy our home more with less in it.

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