How to Save Money When MovingThere’s usually excitement when it comes to moving into a new home in Berks County, especially if it's your dream home.

But this can also be a stressful time, as you may run into unexpected expenses. Moving generally is not cheap. But you can reduce costs if you plan carefully. Here's a few tips that will help save money.

Shop Around

Depending on where you're moving from, you should have several moving companies to chose from. If it's a slower time of year, some may offer discounts that will help make it less expensive. 

Try to check at least 3 moving companies before you hire one. They should also perform an inspection or your items that you're moving before they give you a quote.

If you're moving to Berks County from a long distance, the cost may be determined by the weight of your belongings. You can cut costs down by getting rid of things you don't need or use. This can really save you a lot of money.

Pack Yourself

It's always cheaper if you don't have to hire pros to help you. Packing is one area that you can save big by doing it yourself. If you can enlist the help of family or friends, then that will help. A few pizzas as a thank you is certainly cheaper than hiring pros. But don't rule out hiring professional help if you have fragile items that need special handling.

You can also visit local stores for boxes, or check with moving companies to see if they sell used boxes that are still in good shape. 

Get a discount from the IRS

Depending on the purpose of your move, you may be qualified to a tax cut. If you’re moving to a new home because of work-related reasons, you should be able to claim your moving costs as a federal income tax deduction. So save those receipts, you may need them to avail of the discount next tax season.

These tips are only a few of the many things you can do to save money when moving to a new place. There are plenty of other ways to keep the costs down. Just remember to always plan ahead and compare prices.

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