10 Ways to Save Money on Moving, and Minimize the Headache

It’s nearly summer, which means warm weather, vacations and — for millions of American families — moving.

Here are two recent, nearly identical questions:

I may be moving from New York to Nevada. How do I find the best furniture mover that won’t cost too much?
– Charlotte

Stacy, what is the least expensive way to transport things cross-country? Planning to move from East Coast to West Coast and have somewhat limited budget.
– Chuck

It’s no wonder people are concerned. Depending on the weight of your stuff, and the distance of the move, the cost can vary by thousands of dollars. A blog for the real estate site Zillow offers this example:

The fee for moving an average 1,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom apartment (goods weighing 5,500 pounds) from Chicago to Miami would be approximately $4,400 to $4,900. The same 1,400-mile move for a 2,800-square-foot, 4-bedroom household (20,500 pounds) would likely cost $14,600 to $15,600. Same distance, different loads.

That’s a lot of money and a lot of room for error.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save. Read on…

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