All these questions can be daunting at first, and rightfully too.
But the number of black sheeps in the moving industry should not be underestimated..

THE PRICE OF A MOVE DEPENDS MUCH ON THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

DISTANCE

The further your new place of residence is, the higher the costs will be. Prices start at around 500EUR for moves within the same city and around 1200EUR for long-distance moves.

VOLUME

How much free space does the truck need for your move? Would it be possible for you to combine a trip with another customer?

LOADING AND UNLOADING ECHIPMENT

Do you need a furniture lifter? Do you need to set up a no-stopping zone?

STAFF

Do you have friends or family to help you do the loading and unloading or do you need assistance?

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It is quite possible that a transport company with a moving truck just happens to come back empty from another delivery and is not far away from you, or can even accommodate your move alongside another delivery in the truck. This of course has a significant impact on the price and cuts down on CO2 emissions as well.
In other words, not only cheaper, but also greener!


THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO ENSURE FAIR PRICES THAN FREE COMPETITION.

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HOW YOU CAN SAVE MONEY AND WHAT STATE AIDS YOU CAN APPLY FOR:

Now that you know how to reduce your costs on shipping through groupage and the use of empty trucks return trips, here are a few more tips to reduce your costs:
Kostenloses Umzugsmaterial: Friends and acquaintances who have already moved are likely to have everything you need and may be willing to lend it to you.From boxes to tape, bubble wrap, straps,... You could also find boxes for free at the supermarket around the corner. From small boxes to big ones, the supermarket is happy to throw stuff they don't need anymore.
Dishes can be wrapped in towels or T-shirts or jumpers, jars and glasses fit perfectly in socks or leggings.
Less is more: Things you don't really need only take up unnecessary space. You may be able to sell certain items on Ebay or Amazon before your move, or even hold a garage sale. This will not only save you money on transport costs, but also earn you a few euros along the way.
Try to avoid rush hours: Most moves take place at weekends and at the beginning - end - middle, of the month. Of course, the movers also know this and increase their prices at peak times. So it's best to plan your move between the 8th-12th or 21st-23rd of the month between Monday and Thursday.
State aid: Government offers grants and cost coverage mainly in three cases:

  • Unemployment benefit II

    Luckily, the state is willing to help out if you are destitute. This happens either when the job centre demands the move or there is a valid reason for your move. These reasons include moving for work, splitting up and getting divorced, as well as your marrying or living in unbearable conditions (for example, a heated argument with your neighbours). In any case, an application to move should have been granted first at the Job Centre before you rely on this additional payment.

  • Job related move

    The government will help with your costs if you move for work-related reasons. However, certain conditions must apply. For example, if your commute to work is at least half an hour shorter after the move, the state will help. Also, if you move to another city because you have found a job there or your company changes location, parts of the costs can be offset against your tax.

  • Furniture donations

    If you donate high-quality, intact kitchen appliances or furniture as part of a move, you can deduct it from your taxes as a special expense.

A MOVING IS ALSO A GOOD WAY TO SORT YOUR PAPERS. BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING (PERIOD OF CUSTODY):

Who doesn't do this, storing documents forever and after X years you throw them away and bang, that's exactly when you would have needed them. But how long are you required to keep certain documents before you can dispose of them without worrying?

Your entire life: Family register, marriage contract, health and vaccination certificate, blood group card, property deed.

Their period of validity: Proof of income (up to retirement), certificates of surety, school certificates, invoices for the purchase of your valuables.

30 years: invoices for work done by a craftsman.
10 years: bank statements, cheque book statements, online invoices, vendor invoices.
5 years: ent payment receipts, bills for notary fees.
4 years: receipts and vouchers for the payment of taxes and all documents relating to tax returns.
3 years: receipts for royalty payments
2 years:employment contract after dismissal.
1 year: Shipping invoices.