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Some moving companies offer what’s called a transport only option. This is where the company drops off a storage container at your house and then gives you several days or weeks to fill it. When you have it filled, you call the moving company and it picks it up and takes it to your destination. Of course, you will then be responsible for unloading the container's contents and moving everything into your new place.
Ask if your employer will help
If the reason you're moving is for business purposes, make sure to ask your employer if it will cover some of your moving expenses. The current trend is for employers to offer their people a lump sum to cover their moving costs. If you are fortunate to have one of these employers and watch your moving costs very carefully you could actually make money on the move. If your employer doesn't cover any of your moving expenses you should still be able to deduct some of them from your income tax return, which would soften the blow a bit.
Insure the items you're moving
Make sure that you properly insure the contents of your move. According to an article published on Moving.com, there are more than 40 million moves happening in the US each year. You can be sure that there are some who will encounter problems in transit. The Insurance Information Institute has a helpful guide with information about properly insuring the possessions you’re moving. Your moving company may offer this insurance. If not, you will need to talk with your insurance agent.
Have a cash reserve for fees, deposits and incidentals
If you've never made a major move before you could easily be blindsided by dozens of small unexpected expenses that can jump up and bite you before, during and after your move. Make sure that you budget for these hidden costs, which typically includes deposits, groceries, and trips to the discount or home store.