How To Save The Most Money on Your Move
Moving is a big expense, and you can easily end up spending more than you need to if you’re not careful. However, with some smart planning, you can save money and make your move cheaper. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you save money on your move, giving you more flexibility and more room for the things that really matter.
1. Plan Your Move in Advance
One of the best ways to save money on your move is to plan well in advance. Ideally, you should start preparing for your move at least three months prior. While it might seem like an unnecessary hassle, being proactive can save you a lot of money. You will have ample time to compare rates, options and negotiate with movers.
2. Research Moving Companies and Get Quotes
When you’re planning your move, make sure to research different moving companies and get quotes from multiple providers. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples with each quote. Some companies may offer very high or very low quotes, but once you dig deeper, you may find additional costs tacked on or lower quality service.
3. Pack Your Own Belongings
Packing up your own belongings is the best way to save money on a move. Not only will movers charge if they pack for you, but you’ll also be paying for the boxes and other packing materials. Gather boxes from friends or buy used boxes from moving companies, and start by packing up items you don’t use regularly that you won’t need for a while.
4. Move During the Off-Season
Moving during the off-season (September–May) can save you quite a bit of money. During the summer months, moving companies are busy, and rates are higher. Planning your move during the off-season can help you save on the cost of the move itself and ancillary costs around your move. You’re also less likely to run into scheduling or availability issues during the off-season.
5. Donate or Sell Belongings You Don’t Need
Finally, as you pack, take the opportunity to get rid of belongings you no longer need or use. Once you’ve gone through the items you own and identified what you’d like to get rid of consider selling them, gifting them or donating them. Instead of packing up, moving and unpacking things you’ll never use, cut your expenses, and your move-time down by disposing of these items.
Moving is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be expensive either. With proper planning and by implementing the above tips, you can save money on your move without sacrificing quality. Remember to start early, research moving companies, pack your own belongings, move during off-season, and get rid of belongings you don’t need. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a more affordable moving experience.