There is no doubt that you will spend money on your move. Whether you hire a moving company or do the move yourself, your bank account will eventually take a hit. If you are off to school, a new job, or decide to be closer to family, you need to save all the money you can on your move.
Unfortunately, we can’t help you with the physical move, but at least we can provide ten money-saving tips to help with your move.
- Take the gadgets with you – There is no need to pack small electronics that can go in small carry-on bags. Find a duffle bag for your laptop, video game systems, and tablets and take them with you. This simple solution can help avoid damage or, even worse, loss.
- Borrow boxes from the grocery store – Instead of purchasing packages from the moving company or buying your own, visit your local grocery store. Grocery stores are constantly getting in new shipments and are glad to give you boxes at no additional charge.
- Think ahead – Don’t wait until the last minute to start your move. If you know you’re moving months in advance, start speaking with movers and getting in-home estimates. Leave yourself time to research licensed movers, read reviews, and make a decision you are comfortable with.
- Avoid storage units – Getting a storage unit can cost upwards of $300 a month. If you need storage space for a few items, ask friends or family if you can temporarily store a couple things at their place until you are settled. If you know someone with a storage unit, ask if you can share it and split the cost.
- Don’t go with the cheapest moving company – Going with the most affordable moving company may sound like a good idea, but you could end up spending more money. If the quote you are getting is significantly lower than other movers’ quotes, it is a red flag that something isn’t right. Avoid “too good to be true” quotes. You may end up spending more money in the end.
- Let it go for good – It’s time to let go of that old dresser, stereo system, or television you haven’t turned on in 10 years. Removing some items may decrease the cost of your move significantly. Consider donating to goodwill, throwing it out, or giving it away to a friend or family member.
- Keep receipts – If you are relocating for a new job, you may be able to get reimbursed for your move. If your new job is more than 50 miles away, you can expense packing, shipping, lodging, gas, and food. Keep all the receipts from your move and have them ready for a tax professional.
- Glad to wrap and pad – Have old towels or bed comforters that you don’t use? You can use them to cover electronics, small tables, and furniture legs. Get creative with old garments that may be lying around your home. You can also use old newspapers to wrap dishware, pictures, and other glassware. There’s no need to purchase wrapping paper if you don’t have to.
- Pack it yourself – Moving companies will offer packing and unpacking services with your move. In most cases, it’s not a free service and will add to the time/cost of the move. Avoid additional costs associated with your move by packing and unpacking items yourself. Start early and work on one room at a time. Don’t forget to label your boxes!
- Get an in-home estimate on your move – Rushing through your move could end up costing you more money. Always get an in-home estimate with your move. Movers should always visit your residence to inspect what you have and how much you have for a more accurate quote. Taking a movers word over the phone leaves room for hidden fees. Your mover should leave you with an Estimate or Quote document detailing the services performed.