Moving costs can take a toll on one’s wallet—there’s the cost of movers, packing material and time away from work (making money), among others. But there are ways to trim your moving costs. Here are some tips:
Scavenge for Boxes
It’s nice to walk into a moving supply store and purchase brand new boxes for your move but it will cost you. Why not reuse boxes? Ask friends and neighbors, check out your recycling room for delivery boxes and peruse your local businesses—liquor stores tend to be a good bet. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be more environmentally conscious.
Sometimes the early bird really will get the worm—or in this case the early planner might get the better moving deal. Booking your movers and trucks way in advance of your relocation date might help you snag a discount.
If you pack all your goods yourself, you won’t have to pay anyone to do it for you. Also, the more organized you are the faster the move will go, which equates to a cheaper move. So do as much as you can before the movers arrive.
Schedule an Off Season Move
Most folks prefer to move in the spring, summer and fall months. This means that movers tend to be less busy during the colder months and might be able to offer you a better deal on your truck, movers or a package. Ask around and if you’re flexible, schedule your move off-season.
Selling items you really don’t need anymore will help you make some cash. It also means you won’t be spending money to relocate those items. Place ads on classifieds like Craigslist and ebay or have a stoop or yard sale prior to your move.
Keep Down Moving Day Expenses
It’s easy to run out and buy coffee for everyone on moving day or get pizza delivery but if you’re trying to keep down costs, you might opt to make a pot of coffee or have purchased some pastries or sandwiches from the grocery store prior to moving day.