From the movers to the packing supplies to the deposits at your new place, moving can cause a strain on your budget. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving down the street or relocating across the country: you’re going to need some funds to get it done. But you can limit the cost of the move by thinking ahead and being strategic.
TIME IT CORRECTLY
You don’t always have a say in when you’re going to move – if your spouse is in the military and changing locations, for example. But if you do have the option, try to move during the off-season, which is usually between the months of October and May. You may also be able to save some dough by simply changing the date of your move to the middle of the month, since the majority of people are moving at the end or beginning of it.
DON’T MAKE HASTY DECISIONS
Obviously, the more stuff you own, the more you are going to have to shell out for the move. Most moving companies charge according to weight, so the more you can get rid of, the lower your cost.
That being said, you need to be smart about what you toss and what you take. Yes, getting rid of your sofa may save you a chunk of change on the move itself, but it will cost you a lot more to replace it once you get to your new home. Before you drag out anything to the curb, think about whether or not you have a place for it in your new home – or if it’s worth the cost of replacement.
Once you’ve weeded through your heaps of stuff to figure out what is worth moving and what you can live without, it’s time to actually get rid of it. (That’s the hardest part!) Since time is money, having a garage sale is not always your best bet. You can sell larger items at a consignment shop or through your local classifieds section and donate the rest. (Just make sure you get the receipt for your taxes). If you do go forward with a yard sale, don’t bother putting price tags on anything. As long as you are able and willing to negotiate, you will have the easiest garage sale of your life.
If you have the time and don’t mind doing the work, packing things yourself is a very effective way to save some money. And if you’re smart about it, the only things you will need to buy for the occasion are some packing tape and a Sharpie.
Purchase packing supplies from a local moving company. Compared to big-box stores, local moving companies are able to offer discounted prices on moving packages, giving you the most bang for your buck.
When it comes to cushioning your fragile items, you can always use your own clothing, towels, and bed linens. You have to pack them all anyway, so you may as well combine them in the same box. Another option is to use newspapers (but be wary of ink transfers), old magazines, or leftover wrapping paper. Just make sure everything is properly wrapped – because when you pack yourself, you do assume liability if something breaks.
While there are plenty of ways to cut expenses during your move, it is crucial that you choose a moving company based on their services and skills and not their price. You can always contact us for moving quotes and any questions you may have. While you want your move to be affordable, you also want to keep all of your belongings intact.