Surprising Money-Saving Tips For Your Next Move

March 31 2017

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Most of us know that moving can be a huge expense. And since the average American will move about 12 different times during their life, those costs can really add up. But what you might not realize is that there are ways to save money during a move (and you don't even have to go the DIY route to do so!). If you're trying to stick to a budget during a move, be sure to follow the tips below for packing and hiring your residential moving company.

  • Don't pay for boxes

    You might not think that the costs of new boxes and packing supplies won't break your budget. But if you require a ton of boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape, that'll add a lot to what you're spending on a move. Instead of going to your postal supply store, check out liquor stores, grocery stores, and furniture stores in your area. They'll often give you boxes for free. And while you probably won't be able to get packing tape for free, you may be able to score some packing peanuts or bubble wrap from these places too. Alternately, if you receive any packages leading up to your move, don't throw out the boxes or packing supplies! They'll definitely come in handy.

  • Sell or donate what you don't need

    No matter what moving company you use, if you have more stuff, your move will cost more. Give both your budget and your movers a break by determining what you don't need prior to packing and moving. Not only will fewer boxes and less furniture mean a lower moving cost, but if you can sell those items, you'll make some extra cash that you can put towards your moving expenses. Likewise, if you donate some items to charity, you can write that off on your taxes. No one wants to unpack or pay to move items they don't really want in their new home, so it's to your benefit to separate the must-haves from the don't-needs.

  • Be strategic about scheduling

    Certain times of the year are more popular for moves than others, but there are also specific times of the month that are, too. Since most leases will end at the beginning or at the end of a given month, most moves take place around these times, too. Moving services are very busy during these periods, so it can be difficult or very expensive to schedule a move during them. On the other hand, scheduling your move during the middle of the month will often mean less competition and lower rates. It may not always be possible, but if you have a choice, try to move during the middle of the month.

  • Don't DIY

    If you're trying to save money on a move, you may be tempted to do it all yourself. But this method may actually end up costing you more in the end. The costs of a truck rental and gas will be substantial enough, but the emotional and physical strain of moving heavy furniture and belongings on your own probably won't be worth anything you do end up saving. Working with an experienced moving company will probably cost you less than you think, and for most people, having peace of mind is priceless.

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