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Moving is not only stressful, it can be expensive, too! Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a professional mover, finding every opportunity to save money will help ease the burden. Use these tips to get more bang for your buck during your relocation. Every penny counts!
1. Get An Accurate Estimate
This may seem like a no-brainer, but getting an accurate move estimate will ensure you are not hit with any surprise fees once your move is complete. If you are hiring professional movers, it is a good idea to receive quotes from more than one company for cost comparison. Remember, the lowest price is not always the best option.
Ask questions and research to ensure the price you receive is all-inclusive of what services your move will require. Inform your movers about the accessibility of your new home beforehand, so they can make necessary arrangements for delivery and advise you of any corresponding fees.
2. Donate or Sell Unwanted Belongings Beforehand
People inevitably accrue clutter over the years and it becomes most apparent as you are preparing for a move. Since most movers charge by shipment weight, the more you have, the more you will pay. Consider decluttering by hosting a yard sale or donating unwanted items.
You might find some items are more expensive to move than to buy new, so consider leaving those items behind and purchasing new ones once you are settled in your new home. However you swing it, less stuff equals a cheaper move.
3. Move During Off-peak Times
The time of year you move greatly impacts the price of your move, due to peak season capacity. It is more common to move during the summer and on weekends, so moving during those times will likely be more expensive. You will typically see a spike during the two weeks after Christmas, too.
When you are looking to save, consider scheduling your move during the week and in the following months:
4. Find Used Boxes
Boxes do not seem expensive, but they add up quickly considering how many boxes it takes to pack your belongings. Instead of purchasing boxes new, visit local stores to see if they have used boxes going to recycling that you can buy or take for free. Even if you do have to pay for these boxes, they will be a fraction of the cost, compared to new ones.
5. Donate Unopened, Non-perishable Food to Move for Hunger.
Canned and boxed food can be very heavy, and you may not want to take it with you. Instead of throwing it away, see if your mover partners with Move For Hunger.
If they do, the moving crew will pack up your food and deliver it to a local food pantry, free of charge! This is not only a great way to save money, your donations will help local families in need.
No matter the size of your move, these tips will help you stay frugal and avoid overspending. If you are looking for a competitively priced professional mover, we would be happy to help! GET YOUR FREE QUOTE HERE.