Saving money during a move isn’t as hard as you might think. If you have ever moved homes, then you know one thing for sure— moving can be incredibly expensive.
Check out these five tips that can help you save money during your move!
1. Move During Off-Season
One of the best ways to avoid huge moving fees is to move at the unpopular times of the month. A good rule of thumb is to avoid moving at the end of the month or mid-month. These are the most popular times for people to move, and when demand is high for moving services, prices are sure to skyrocket. If you do need to move during these weeks then try and move on a work day instead of a weekend. The same rule applies that less people are likely to be moving during the week so prices will go down. To help you decide what days are best in your area, call your local moving companies and ask them for quotes for different days. If you have flexibility, this can be a great option to save lots of money on moving companies or rental trucks.
2. Don’t Pay for Boxes
Packing supplies might seem like a minor cost in the grand scheme of things, but you would be surprised how much those boxes, tape, and bubble wrap start to add up in price. There is no reason to ever pay for this when there are so many great options for finding free boxes and supplies. If you let grocery stores know that you want their leftover boxes the night before, many will save them for you to pick up the morning after their next big shipments come in.
Talking to your local liquor stores is another great option when looking for supplies. These boxes will usually be sturdy enough to hold heavy glass objects, which can be great for packing your larger items. Lastly, Uhaul created a messaging board that allows you to search by location to see where there are free boxes available. With all of these options you’ll never need to buy boxes again!
3. Sell or Give Away Unnecessary Items
Selling or donating some or all of your furniture can actually save you a lot of time and money if done correctly! A lot of moving companies’ quotes comes from the weight and number of items that will need to be transported. Each item they do not have to move will bring your cost down a great deal. In addition to saving on the moving cost, you can make additional money by selling your stuff online at places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Snap some pictures of the furniture you’re selling and upload them to a website in advance and there you have it! No need to take a bunch of time and resources to create a garage sale anymore.
4. Order Furniture Online
Now that you have purged your home of the furniture you don’t need, it is time to think about rebuilding your collection in your new home! Instead of going to a store and having to purchase shipping and transportation for each piece of furniture, it can be much more cost-effective and timely to order online. There are lots of benefits to doing it this way, including easier access and better pricing options for any budget. Did you know mattresses can be purchased online and shipped to your door in a box? In fact, buying online can save you thousands, and that’s just one example! Some easy suggestions for finding great prices and a wide selection include Birch Lane, Jet, and Amazon to name a few!
5. Rent a Moving Truck
Renting your own moving truck or van is one of the easiest ways to save some money! Collect some friends and move what you can together. This is a much more cost-effective process than hiring a full moving service for a few things that you can move yourself. The best way to do this is to have everything already boxed up and ready to go so that all you have to do is then load the boxes in and out. With all of these tips in your tool chest, you’ll be saving money in no time during your next move!