Let’s face it, moving can be expensive. The cost of hiring a moving service and buying packing supplies can add up quickly, and that’s just the beginning! But the good news is that there are always ways to cut costs, you just have to know where to look.
In this article, we’ll talk about 5 ways you can save money on your next move. From getting rid of things you don't use to scheduling your move for the off-season, there are a number of ways you can save money while moving homes.
#1 Research and Compare Moving Companies
The first way to save money when moving is by comparing various moving services.
There are different factors that you should take into account when choosing a company for your move, such as the cost, their offered services, and the client reviews. Cost is obviously an important consideration, as you'll want to find a company that offers competitive prices; however, don't automatically go for the cheapest option, as it may not include all the services you need or might have low customer satisfaction.
It’s best to ask for quotes from several moving companies and compare what’s offered. Also, read the opinions of other people who’ve already hired them. A quick Google search can give you a lot of information about the experience of past clients, and this is incredibly valuable in helping you choose a trustworthy company.
#2 Get Rid of Things You Don't Use
Think of it like this: the more things you have, the more expensive the move will be. The best thing you can do is give yourself time to go through your things and get rid of what you no longer want or even use.
Chances are that what you haven't used in the last two years, you don't really need, so donate or sell it. The fewer things you have to move, the cheaper the move will be!
If you're moving to a far away place, consider also getting rid of your heavy furniture that’s cheap or of lower quality. If you do the math, it may be less expensive to buy new furniture in your new place than to move the stuff you already have.
And as a bonus, the less things you carry, the packing and unpacking process will be much easier and faster.
#3 Don’t Pay for Packaging Supplies
Many people are under the assumption you have to buy special boxes to move, but this isn’t the case.
You can find cardboard boxes in great condition for free on sites such as Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo, Facebook Marketplace, or even at your local grocery store. Of course, it’s important that you start looking for these free boxes in good time (at least 1 month in advance) and not a few days before you start packing, just in case they don’t happen to have any.
You can also use other personal items to organize and pack your belongings, such as blankets, towels, clothing, and travel bags.
#4 Move During the Low Season
Another way to save money on your move is to do it during the low season.
Peak moving season is typically May through September, so if you can avoid those months you might be able to find a better price. Of course, there are other factors that influence your moving date, such as if you have children at school or if you’re moving for work reasons. But if you have some flexibility, try to find a date outside of peak moving season.
#5 Eat Everything you Have in your Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry
In the last few weeks before your move-in date, go through everything in your pantry, as well as your fridge and freezer, and start eating it!
In addition to the fact that this way you won’t waste food, nor will you have to pack cans, it’ll help you save on the meals of your last days in your old home.
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