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

Worried about the high cost of moving? Here's what you need to know to avoid scams and keep the expense under control.

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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