3 Super Easy Ways to Save Money on Moving Expenses

Whether you handle your move yourself or hire a moving company, moving is expensive. But whichever path you choose, you can save a lot of money with a little strategic planning. Keep reading to learn some good ways to cut your moving costs.moving-expenses.jpg

  1. Manage Your Own Move:

    The easiest way to way to save money is to manage your move yourself. Here are some specific ways you can save some cash:

    • Do your own packing.
    • Seek out low or no cost moving supplies:
      • Find free moving boxes from work, supermarkets, craigslist, etc..
      • Buy lightly used packing boxes.
      • Reduce the number of boxes you need by putting smaller items inside larger one.
      • Use magazines and newspapers instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
      • Use your own blankets, rags, linens, old socks, etc., as packing materials.
      • Keep an eye out for moving supplies at garage sales and thrift stores. 
      • Load up on deeply discounted cleaning supplies from your local dollar store.
    • Enlist volunteers
      • Instead of hiring movers, ask friends or family members to help you move.
      • If your move is long-distance, spend the night at a friend’s house instead of paying for a room.
      • Moving is time-intensive. Enlist a family member or friend to babysit, instead of paying a sitter.
      • Ask a friend to watch your pet(s) on moving day, instead of putting them in a kennel.
      • Order pizza or other cheap eats that feed a lot of people for your helpers.
    • If you’re planning to rent a moving truck, call the 800 number to try to negotiate on price. 
      • You can ask them to match a competitor’s price or to match other promos you’ve seen.
    • If you’re moving into a rental or hotel, consider ways to save on storage:
      • Price PODS and similar storage container moving solutions. Uhaul also has a similar service. 
    • Avoid parking tickets. Get any required parking permits for unloading your moving truck(s).
  2. Do Your Research:

    If you decide to use a moving company, go online and start doing your research early. That will give you plenty of time to follow up, clarify details of agreements, and firm up plans. Here are a few tips:

    • Get bids from at least three moving companies.
    • Compare rates, services included, charges for additional services, guarantees, insurance coverage, contract details, etc..
    • Check a reference or two, if possible.
    • Contract with movers who offer a fixed price and time frame, vs. those who work based on an estimate.
    • Get all agreements with the movers in writing in advance.
    • If you’re moving very far, confirm with your moving company that there are no fuel sub-charges.
    • If you need a truck and storage space, look for a package deal.
    • Move during off-peak moving season and days–winter, mid-month, and mid-week.
  3. Eliminate Excess Stuff:

    Here are a few additional ways to get rid of excess stuff and make some cash that will offset moving costs:

    • Measure your new spaces and sell any furniture that won’t fit. Use the cash to help cover moving costs. 
    • Get rid of big, heavy unused items, like exercise equipment.
    • Think carefully about appliances, especially if they’re older. It may be more economical to replace them.
    • Go to the bank and exchange any heavy coin money you have for lightweight cash.
    • Gain some cash to offset costs, and streamline your lifestyle, all-at-once, by having a yard sale.
    • Donate any canned foods, clothing, furniture, etc. that you no longer need, and claim tax deductions.
    • Sell your used boxes after your move. (Try Box Cycle, or Container Exchange, among others).

Use these simple steps to save money on moving expenses. 


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