Even in good times, moving and packing your belongings can be a costly endeavor. However, the increased demand during the summer months for these services may cause prices to skyrocket.
There are many ways to finance a move. Credit cards, unsecured loans, and personal loans can all be used. It’s important to keep interest rates low and borrow only what you really need.
You can reduce the amount of money you have to borrow by getting multiple quotes and moving your belongings yourself.
With moving prices on the rise, what can you expect this summer
Good news to prospective movers. Moving costs will be likely lower this summer compared with summers past.
The COVID years were some of the most demanding periods for Allied Van Lines. People made housing and employment decisions which were out of the ordinary. This year it has come down to Earth a little .”
Ryan Carrigan is the co-founder and CEO of moveBuddha.com, a site where users can book and compare movers. He says that the company’s own data, as well as data provided by major partners, show an already noticeable drop in demand during this first half of the year.
Prospective movers should not expect too many discounts. McKenna says that even though prices have decreased year over year, there is still a premium of 10% to 20% for summer.
Options for financing your move
If you can’t save enough money to cover the cost of your move, then it’s possible to finance.
Rob Bertman is a St. Louis-based certified financial planner who recommends choosing the loan product that has the lowest rate of interest to lower the borrowing costs.
Bertman says that a credit card offering an annual percentage rate of 0% may be a good choice. You can pay your debt off with these cards and avoid paying interest if you do so during the promotional period. This may last for up to 21 month. To qualify, you’ll need to have good or excellent credit.
Banks, credit unions, and online lenders offer moving loans, which are unsecured loans. The interest rates can vary depending on your credit rating.
Bertman encourages all borrowers, no matter what product they select, to concentrate on their repayment plan.
Bertman explains that this is the main thing. Above and beyond the way someone finances, is a question of ‘how am I going pay back this and for how long? ?'”
Save money on your next move
You can reduce your moving expenses by borrowing less money or paying in cash. Although you cannot control distance or hiring, you can manage packing and the overall weight.
Request multiple quotes. Professional movers’ quotes can range by hundreds of thousands, especially if you are moving long distances. Carrigan recommends getting at least three or four estimates.
It’s cheap to move yourself, but not everyone can do it. You can do some of the work yourself, such as moving lighter items. However, you should hire a professional to move heavier items. Packing yourself is possible, but be aware of the dangers.
McKenna says that if you hire a mover to pack your belongings, they will do it in a professional manner and provide more protection, if anything is damaged.
Reduce the amount of stuff you move. This is one way to save money. The weight of the items you move is an important factor that affects your moving costs. It also takes more time to unload and load. Donate or sell what you do not need.
When choosing a moving service, beware of scams. Check online reviews and ask for references. Interstate moving companies must register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and possess a U.S. The DOT is a unique number that allows safety data to be tracked. Listen to your gut if something doesn’t feel right. You can avoid a financial crisis later by listening to your gut.
Bertman says, “You don’t want to just go with the lowest cost provider.” You want the company that will do the job best at the lowest cost .”
The Associated Press originally published this article, which was written by NerdWallet.