“People underestimate how stressful moving is,” Zane said. The thirty-year old mother of two is trying to coordinate moving her family from their Boston apartment to a home in the Somerville area, while working a more-than-full-time job with a startup and what she terms “life in the COVID craziness.” “What I’d really like to be able to do is find a moving company that can do everything for me without charging an arm and a leg,” she said. “But I’m not sure that exists.”
The secret to saving money on your Boston area move is to plan ahead. There are many, many moving companies in the area, so you want to be able to research who is going to do the best job, and who is going to give you a good deal. It’s important to understand that sometimes very cheap moving companies charge low prices because they don’t do a good job. Check out a Boston moving company‘s reputation online before you decide to trust them with all of your stuff. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to choose a moving company that has been in business for quite some time and has a positive reputation in the community.
When budgeting for your move, be aware that the amount of stuff you need to move impacts the cost of the move. For this reason, it’s a good idea to look at your possessions with a critical eye. In Zane’s case, the move prompted a much-needed purge of the children’s room. “There are no more babies coming,” she said with a laugh. “So I don’t need to spend money moving a crib and changing table.” Depending on where you’re moving to, it might be appropriate to purge cold-weather clothing and gear you won’t need, as well as any furnishings that won’t fit or aren’t right for your new place.