Breaking News! Moving is expensive. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to save on the expenses, though. Here are six ways that you can save money on your move.
- Get multiple quotes
Shop around before scheduling a move! You may be surprised how much one company might charge compared to another for the same job. It’s a good idea to get a moving estimate from at least three companies (some do it for free). Then you can try negotiating to get the best rate.
- Find boxes on your own
Buying boxes can be an unexpectedly high cost. Don’t get stuck having to buy boxes when you can find them behind big retail stores, liquor stores, grocery stores and from friends and family.
- Throw out your unwanted stuff
Moving is a great time to go through your items and get rid of the clutter. Get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn all year or don’t fit. You can also get rid of extra items like knick-knacks and kitchen items that you don’t use anymore and are just taking up space.
A great option is to have a yard/garage sale to make a little money for your unwanted items instead of just throwing them away. You can also consider giving them to charity if you don’t have time for a yard sale (tax write-off).
- Protect your valuables
One way that moving can be unexpectedly more expensive is if your items are broken or left behind during your move. Move your most valuable items yourself if you can. Also, you’ll want to ensure that any moving company that you use is insured in case they break anything. You’ll also want to thoroughly go over your items before they’re moved to check or damage. Finally, double check your home before you leave to ensure that you have everything. You don’t want to leave anything behind!
- Find packing materials in your home
You can always buy bubble wrap and other packing materials, but you can also find items in your home to use! Use blankets and sheets to help protect your items and fill in space in boxes or old newspaper to wrap up your plates and cups.
- Plan ahead
Last minute moves are the most expensive. Plan ahead and schedule your move well in advance so that you can make the proper accommodations. Ask about the moving company’s policy on changing the date if you aren’t sure of when you’ll have to move.
Every penny counts! Don’t throw away money if you don’t have to. Following these few simple tips can save you a boat-load in the long run and who couldn’t use a few extra bucks-a-roos?