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How Do You Move Furniture Cheaply?

Let’s take a look at your options for moving furniture – hiring movers, moving it yourself, shipping it, or sending it in a moving pod.
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How Do You Move Furniture Cheaply?
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Furniture is often the most difficult part of sorting out details related to your move. How are you supposed to get it to your new place affordably? Moving furniture yourself is often the cheapest option – but that doesn’t make it the best option.

Let’s take a look at all of the different options you have for moving your furniture so that you can determine the best course of action for your furniture moving experience.

Move it Yourself

The most obvious answer for moving anything is to just “do it yourself,” right? Maybe not. The fact is, there are a lot of tools and logistics involved in trying to move anything, but furniture is among the worst to sort out.

Furniture is bulky and difficult to move. You’re going to need at least 3, if not more, people to take care of moving furniture in a safe fashion. You may also need to rent a vehicle and/or borrow a vehicle from a friend or family member to get everything done.

Shipping Your Furniture

Another option to consider is shipping your furniture. This is only an appropriate option if you’re moving long-distance. That being said, shipping furniture can be incredibly expensive to consider, and it can be a problem if you’re looking to keep things as cheap as you can.

That being said, if you only have one piece of furniture that needs to be shipped, you may be better off shipping it. You’ll have to work with a shipping company to get it crated up properly, but there are a lot of companies that can help you to work that information out.

Smaller furniture pieces will, of course, cost less to move and you’ll be able to box them up a lot more easily than you would a large piece of furniture. Either way, be sure that you mark that the items are fragile and put enough packing material in there to keep everything as safe as possible.

Sending Furniture in a Moving Pod

Another alternative to moving furniture yourself is to put it in a moving pod. Moving pods are a simple “in between” if you don’t want to hire out of state moving companies, but you also don’t want to ship your items in the traditional fashion, either.

Basically, you work with a moving pod company to schedule a date for the pod to be dropped off. It basically looks like a small shipping container. It will sit in your yard (or wherever is safest) and you will load it up with everything that you need to load it up with. Then, you’ll load it up.

So, you’re still going to need help from people in order to load up the furniture. This could be family and friends, or you could work with your moving pod company to see if they offer loading services. Either way, you need to load it up within a certain amount of time.

Whenever everything is loaded up, the moving pod company will come and pick up the pod. They will schedule a date to take it to your new home, and then drop it off so that you can unload it (or they’ll unload it, if you paid for that service).

Hiring a Moving Company

Hiring furniture movers to move your furniture typically costs somewhere between $25 and $50 per hour for a local move. For long distance moves, you’re going to look at 50 cents to $1.25 per mile + weight of the items that you’re sending.

There are all sorts of advantages to hiring a moving company instead of doing things on your own. For one, if an injury happens, then workers’ compensation covers them, and they have their own insurance for everything. On top of that, they have the tools necessary for your move, and they are trained to deal with heavy furniture safely and efficiently.

Research and compare multiple cross country moving companies, and then decide to work with one. That way, you can be sure that you have the details you need and that you are getting the best value for your money. It may cost more, but the service that you get from them is worth the extra investment that is involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about my antique furniture?

 Antique furniture can be really difficult to move, and it’s important to ensure that you have experts moving it. Most moving companies will take care of moving antique furniture, but they may include a surcharge known as “white glove services.” This is because of the care and extra time necessary to move those pieces to your new home.

Could I sell my furniture instead?

 If you’re moving locally, it’s probably not worth the extra hassle and time to sell your furniture. But, if you’re moving over 100 miles away from your home, you may find that it’s better to sell your furniture and just buy new furniture at your new place. If your furniture needs to be replaced, or it will be soon, then it’s probably going to save money in the long run.

What if my furniture gets damaged?

 If you move your furniture yourself and it gets damaged, you don’t have any course of action unless the furniture is still under warranty. If you hire long distance movers, they have liability insurance available (and you will want to purchase moving insurance so that everything gets covered as it should).

Getting Ready to Move Furniture

You have a lot of choices here, so you want to be certain that you’re considering what is best for your budget and for the furniture that you’re trying to transport. A little bit of research will be really helpful as you work out what is going to make the most sense for you and your moving needs.

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