One thing that most people agree on is that moving your household can be quite the costly endeavor. No matter how you go about it, moving all your stuff from point A to point B is going to cost you money!
That’s why it makes sense to try and reduce costs along the way, wherever you can. Here are EcoBox’s 11 best tips for knocking down the overall cost of your move.
1) Tackle Smaller Moves Yourself
If you have just a small apartment to move or if you’re moving close by, consider renting a truck and enlisting the help of friends and family and doing it yourself. It’ll be hard work, but you’ll also save quite a bit of money.
2) Move During the Week
If you do go the DIY route, try to schedule the move during a weekday to save even more money. Truck rental companies often raise prices on the weekends when more people are moving.
3) Disassemble What You Can
If you are using professional movers for your move, take the time to disassemble as much furniture and other items as you can before they arrive. If they have to do it, you may see it on your bill.
4) Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Paying to move things you don’t want any more doesn’t make any sense at all, so take those items to the dump, donate them to a good cause or have a garage sale before you move to save the expense.
5) Pack and Unpack Yourself
Many movers offer packing and unpacking service, and although it may sound tempting, if you really want to cut costs you’re best to do it yourself.
6) Shop Around
Start looking for a mover as far in advance as possible, and take the time to shop around to find the best rates. Ask around at work, look online and call local moving companies. Not all movers charge the same rates, and shopping around will help you find the best deal.
7) Get a Firm Estimate
When you do settle on a mover, make sure the estimate they give you is firm. This means it is what it is and it isn’t going to fluctuate by the time you get the final bill. Hearing one number and seeing a higher one at the end won’t make you very happy.
8) Move In Winter
If you are using professional movers and if it’s possible, move in the winter. Since most moves are done in the warmer months, you can usually catch a big break on moving rates if you move in the off-season.
9) Keep Your Receipts
If you happen to be moving for a work-related reason, hold onto your moving receipts because you may be able to deduct all or part of the move at income tax time.
10) Set a Firm Budget
It’s easy for a moving budget to race wildly out of control once you get the process rolling, so make sure you set a firm budget at the beginning. Even more importantly, make sure that you are disciplined and stick to the budget.
11) Use Recycled Moving Boxes
Some people might not even think of the moving boxes as an actual expense, but if you have a lot to move, those boxes can add up in a hurry. Choose used moving boxes from EcoBox to help you save some money so you can have more for other aspects of your move.
For more moving tips, check out our other blog posts about making your move a smooth process!