If you're planning on moving to a new state in the near future--whether it be for an employment opportunity or simply for a change of scenery--the fact remains that a long-distance move can be quite expensive. Not only will you need a moving truck, but you may also need to hire a team of long distance movers and spend money on food, lodging, and fuel along the way. Fortunately, if you're looking to complete your long-distance move on a budget, there are a few tips you can utilize to cut down on costs.
Consider Selling Your Car
First of all, if you have a vehicle that you're planning on taking with you, reconsider--especially if it's an older vehicle. Having somebody drive the vehicle to your new location will put a lot of wear and tear on it. On the other hand, hiring a car shipping service can be very expensive. If your car is older and doesn't have much value left, consider selling your car before you move and buying a new one once you arrive. After all, you're going to be enjoying a fresh start as it is – why not enjoy a new car as well?
Take Advantage of Tax Deductions
If you're relocating for employment purposes, you might be surprised to learn that some of your moving expenses could be tax deductible. Furthermore, you may want to ask your employer if they are willing to pay for some of your moving expenses. After all, you're the one uprooting your life to work for them! If you plan on taking tax deductions for your move, be sure to keep detailed copies of all receipts; this includes statements from your moving truck company, professional movers, and even receipts for fuel.
Sleep in Your Moving Truck
Finally, if you're looking to save money by driving the moving truck to the new location yourself, consider saving even more money by sleeping in your moving truck instead of spending your funds on hotel stays. With enough planning, you can find rest stops along the way where you can sleep in the truck. Of course, this isn't ideal for everybody, but if you're the type of person who doesn't mind sleeping in cars, it can be an excellent way to save both time and money.
Follow these simple steps during your next long-distance move and you may be surprised at how much you can save.