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6 Tips for Moving on a Budget

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6 Tips for Moving on a Budget

If you’re looking to make a move soon, whether it’s across town or across the country, you’re probably experiencing a bit of panic about the cost. It’s a valid concern; the expenses involved in moving houses can quickly escalate to a higher amount than expected. If you’re looking to move on a budget, follow these tips and tricks.

  • Do Your Money Planning

As in any life venture, you need to sit down and determine a realistic budget. The best way you can do this is to get a moving cost estimate. This will account for every expense required in a move. One of the easiest ways to get an accurate estimate is to request a quote from a trusted professional moving company, or get different quotes from various companies. Even if you don’t end up using their services, having a ballpark figure will definitely help you determine any hidden costs you may not have originally accounted for.

  • Professional Movers or DIY?

Many people struggle to decide between hiring a moving company and doing the grunt work themselves, but there are positives and negatives to both that make it a highly individualized decision. If you are facing a larger move with an entire household of heavy furniture to pack, movers will most likely be the better and easier option. While money is a concern, safety should also be top priority. If you’re looking to save some money and do it on your own, recruit willing family and friends to lend a hand. It’s definitely going to be cheaper when you dole out pizza and beer to loved ones as a thank you than it would be to drop hundreds on professional movers. Something to keep in mind: If you receive an offer for moving services that sounds too good to be true (read: strangely cheap), then it probably is.

  • Packing Supplies

If you’re planning on purchasing your packing materials, you may want to reconsider. You’d be unhappily astonished at the amount cardboard boxes can cost. Once you know you’re moving, start scavenging for boxes behind big retailers and put out an all-call to family and friends who may have some boxes laying around. If you need another option, consider renting. Companies like BungoBox offer reusable boxes for half the price of what cardboard boxes can run, and you’re definitely doing the environment a huge favor.  

  • Minimize What You’re Moving

The final cost of your move is mostly dependent on the overall weight of items you’re taking in conjunction with the amount of mileage between point A and point B. While you can’t change the distance you’re moving, you can control the weight of your belongings. Nearly every person who moves will think at some point or another “When did I get this much stuff?” You’ve likely accumulated items that you don’t use or need, and if you can bear to take initiative and purge some of your unnecessary belongings, you can save a ton on moving costs—no pun intended. It may be difficult to part with certain items, but donating them to a worthy cause or organization can make the purge process easier—and might help you see bigger returns on your tax refund. If you need cash now, consider holding a garage sale to sell off your unwanted items and see more money in your pocket and less weight for the movers in one fell swoop.

  • It’s All About Timing

It may be hard for you to control the time you’re moving, but if you have any say in it, there are a few months you should avoid. A shocking 70 percent of movers take the plunge during the interval between May and September. The high level of demand for professional movers causes prices to skyrocket during these months, and won’t give you much flexibility in terms of when you can move. Timing extends to the minute details, too. Weekends are almost always more expensive for moving rental costs, so taking the day off work to do your move on a weekday would definitely spare your wallet of increased costs.

  • Beware of Scams

If you’re moving into a rental, beware any scammers. As you’re required to give your landlord your social security number, it’s essential that you keep it as safe and protected as possible. Ask them to use a bona fide screening service from a company like MySmartMove to ensure your sensitive information remains safe. Taking precautionary steps like this could save you thousands in losses later on, which is something we should all be able to get behind.


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Olivia Douglass

Friday 26th of February 2016

Moving is one thing I do not like doing!! Thanks for these tips, we had our family help us last time. Even though we moved almost a year ago I don't feel like we are fully unpacked!

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