If you find yourself constantly moving for your job/career, and your employer has you moving really great distances, it gets pretty expensive. It is also quite taxing on the body since you feel like you never really fully unpack before you have to pack up again. If you are about to move again, and you dread the expense of long distance moving, here is how to make it less expensive.
Move Less (Less Stuff That Is)
Obviously, moving less often would save you money, but when that is not an option, moving less stuff works just as well. If you take the absolute basics with you every time you move, you know exactly how much truck space you need, how many boxes you need, how much the move will cost if you use the exact same long distance moving company every time, etc. Additionally, you will spend less time packing and unpacking because you do not need to pack quite so much.
Fit Everything You Can into Twenty Boxes or Less and Rent the Short Truck
The "twenty boxes or less" rule is a good one to follow if you find yourself relocating every three to six months. It usually takes most people at least a week or more to unpack twenty boxes, and another week to repack them for another move (when they are not off from work and working steadily on packing). When those boxes are all labeled for the rooms they need to be placed in, then you can quickly organize the stuff on and off the truck with every move. If you sleep on a cot or an inflatable bed, that works quite well too because then your "bed" can fold up or deflate and fit in a box. With so few boxes, you can hire/rent a short truck, rather than the fifty- or one hundred-footer.
Ask Your Boss for a Moving Expense Account
Some companies set aside moving expense accounts for employees who travel extensively for company business. They may also have a few apartments in each city where there is a home office. If any of these apply to your company, you may want to ask your boss if you can have a moving expense account and/or access to the company apartments in these other cities. They may be reserved for executive-level employees only, but given your constant relocation needs, your boss and company may be willing to bend these rules.
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