Planning a move can be stressful, it can also get costly. The more stuff you move, the more you will pay. If you plan to move soon here are some money saving tips. The average local move can cost between $500- $2000 while a long distance move can average $2000 and up. Here are our top 6 money saving tips when moving:
Declutter your home and sell the excess items
It’s wise to make a list of items that you no longer need. If you haven’t used it in six months, it’s time to donate, sell or throw away. Beyond that, you can actually make money on the things you’re getting rid of and allocate those funds toward moving costs. Take furniture or clothing to consignment shops. Throw things onto websites like FB Market place, Poshmark or hold a garage sale.
Don’t spend money on boxes
A quick search on classifieds or Facebook marketplace can come in handy when looking for packing materials, most people throw their old boxes away or give them away for free. You can also try searching at the liquor store, around the office, university mailrooms and warehouses. Use suitcases, tote bags, reusable grocery bags, trunks — anything you already have that will carry things and defray the cost of buying boxes. U-Haul offers an online Box Exchange and “take a box, leave a box” in every one of their company-owned locations.
Consider a Moving Container
What if you want a larger time window to load and unload, such as a situation where you’re doing all of the moving yourself without much help? A moving container might be a good idea. With a moving container, a company simply parks a large container in your driveway, and you fill it at your own pace. When you’re ready, you contact the container company, and the service moves it to your new home where you unload it at your convenience, calling them to take away the empty container when you’re done.
Decide if you should spend money on movers.
Call in those favors with friends or family members with pickup trucks and tarps to avoid renting a vehicle. Consider a midweek move if you are using a moving truck rental company, they have much less demand than the weekend. Book ahead, moving companies often have better rates when you book at least a month in advance. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to gather cheap or free moving supplies. You’ll also have more time to get rid of things you don’t need to move. Many expenses during the moving process come from last minute purchases due to unpreparedness.
Move During the Off-Season
Plan an out-of-season move, ideally between October and April. During the late spring, summer and early fall, moving companies keep their prices high because their services and products are in demand. Outside of those seasons, however, demand falls, so many moving services drop their prices in an effort to drum up business.
Take advantage of this by planning your move for the fall, spring or even the winter if the climate allows. This will save you a lot of money on your moving service or truck rental.
Change Your Address As Soon As Possible
This isn’t really a money saving tip, but a lot of people forget to do this! As soon as you know your new mailing address, visit USPS.com to set up mail forwarding. You can even indicate the exact day that you want them to start forwarding your mail. Once you do that you can take advantage of the moving discounts and coupons they’ll send you in the mail.