7 Tips On How To Save Money On Your Move
January 20, 2022 Mark MacFarlane

7 Tips On How To Save Money On Your Move

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7 Tips On How To Save Money On Your Move

The Stress of Moving

Moving can be one of the most stressful few weeks of your life. From packing and making sure you don’t leave anything behind to ensuring you’ve called your utility company and updated your mailing address with all of the appropriate parties, there’s one aspect of a move that can be even more stressful than others—the cost.

Even if you’re thrilled to move, it’s still an expense that nobody is happy to take on. If you can, you want to spend as little as possible on the move. Luckily, there are ways you can save money on your next move. Here are tips to help you cut costs.

1.  Hire a Moving Company

couple packing to move

As soon as your landlord comes back with your rental background check and you have been approved for a rental, it’s time to hire a moving company. Similarly, as soon as you close on a house and know the move-in date, you should call your local movers. While it might sound strange that hiring a moving company can save you money versus moving everything yourself, a moving company has insurance that you don’t.

That means if an expensive piece of furniture, your television, or anything else you paid a pretty penny on gets broken in the process, the moving company will pay to fix or replace it. If you’re moving your stuff yourself, then you have no coverage for items you break in the process.

Make sure you don’t hire a moving company too late. The sooner you schedule the movers, the cheaper your move will be. If you schedule at the last minute, you can expect higher fees because it means they might have to schedule more movers that day or put together a last-minute team to help you move.

2.  Purge Items You Don’t Want

Room full of junk will sell as is

Eliminating items you won’t be taking to your next home can help you immediately save money on your move. First, you should organize your home so you can get a clear picture of what you want to keep and get rid of. Moving with clutter costs more money because it requires more time and space from the moving company. Additionally, if you choose to donate items, you can save money by taking the tax deduction for donations on your next tax return.

You can also choose to have a garage sale to begin recouping the money you’ll be spending on your move before the process begins. The more money you can make on the items you don’t want, the less you’ll need to be worried about your finances.

3.  Avoid Buying Boxes

stack of moving boxes

While you might have to buy a few boxes due to a miscalculation, there are ways to avoid paying for new boxes. As soon as you know you’re moving, start stocking up on boxes. You can use boxes from your Amazon deliveries and ask family and friends to start collecting their boxes as well. You can also let everyone at work know you need boxes, and you may even be able to grab a few from deliveries that come into work.

Additionally, you can visit some of your local businesses and ask if they have any spare boxes. Many businesses will happily give you their boxes because they either intended to throw them in the trash or don’t want to match an extra trip to the recycling center.

You should also check Facebook groups or even Craigslist, as many people give away their moving boxes for free so they don’t have to deal with getting rid of them on their own.

4.  Pack Yourself

person packing boxes

Many moving companies provide packing services that tack on additional fees to your move. If you want to avoid additional, unnecessary fees, make sure you pack everything yourself. While packing can be time-consuming, it’s also worth it to pack your belongings yourself so you can label boxes using a method you’ll be able to understand once you’ve moved into your new home.

To plan for your move, start saving old newspapers for fragile items. Additionally, you can ask family and friends for help packing and moving to help save time and money. Even if you work with a moving company, your family and friends can help the movers. Helping the movers move your stuff as quickly as possible can help you save money because moving companies typically charge by the hour. The longer a moving company has to help you, the more you’ll pay.

5.  Plan Your Meals

Going out for food or ordering online delivery can quickly become expensive if you plan to do it every night in the days or weeks leading up to your move. While it will be tempting to pack away all of your pots, pans, plates, and utensils, try to keep a few of the necessities unpacked until the day you’re scheduled to move. By keeping your cooking and eating utensils unpacked, you’ll be more likely to cook at home in the days leading up to your move, which means avoiding unnecessary expensive food delivery.

6. Plan for Child and Pet Care

If you have children and pets and want them away from the moving process, plan their care ahead of time so you can ensure you get a free babysitter in the form of a friend or family member. If you wait too long to find care for your child or pet, you might have to pay to put them in daycare for one day or hire a babysitter who can keep them occupied while you move. Babysitters can be expensive, and pet daycare may not be ideal for all types of pets, so you should have a plan for them the day of the move.

7. Be Ready

The movers charge based on how long they think your move will take them, so you must be ready for them as soon as they arrive. If you aren’t ready for the movers, they will wait with you and can potentially charge you fees for making them late to another appointment. In some cases, you can even lose your deposit if you’re not prepared ahead of time.

Saving Money on Your Move

There are pros and cons to moving yourself versus hiring a moving company. If you’re willing to risk breaking an expensive item that can cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace, then moving on your own will be the cheaper option. However, if you want to be on the safe side and ensure all of your belongings make it to your new home in one piece, it’s best to pack yourself and let the movers transport your items from place to place.

Article Writen By Marné Amoguis

Marné Amoguis holds a B.A. in International Business from UC San Diego. She is a contributing writer at 365businesstips.com where she loves sharing her passion for digital marketing. Outside of writing, she loves traveling, playing music, and hiking.

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