Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, the costs of relocating can quickly start to add up. From taking days off work to plan and pack to buying supplies and hiring a mover, there are plenty of costs to consider. Luckily, with a bit of planning, you can make your move a bit more budget friendly. Start with these tips.
1. Only Move What You Really Need
One of the best ways to cut costs during a move is to simply move less stuff. Take the time to declutter before you start packing and sell, donate, or throw away items you don’t really need. Not only does it not make sense to spend money moving things you aren’t going to use, but if you sell some items, you’ll have extra cash.
Also consider the cost of moving large items versus replacing them when you get to your location. In some cases, selling your furniture and buying new items when you move into your new home makes financial sense.
2. Move During Off Season
Many people move during the summer months so they can take advantage of the nicer weather and get their move done while the kids are out of school. However, since this is a high-demand time, you may find that you’re paying more for everything from truck rentals to full-service moves.
Shopping around for moving services during the slower months may allow you to find more competitive rates and possibly even take advantage of special offers or discounts. Generally, the time period between October and April is considered the “off” season. If you have some flexibility, keep this in mind while planning your move.
3. Choose a Low-Demand Moving Day
While not everyone can plan a move based on the off season, you still might be able to save some money by choosing a low-demand moving day. Most people want to move over the weekend, so you may be able to get a lower price by planning your move on Monday through Thursday. Since more companies are likely to be available on weekdays, being flexible with your moving day could also allow you to shop around for the best deal.
4. Host a Packing Party
Trying to pack up all your belongings can be stressful and time consuming. Hiring a moving company to provide packing and unpacking services will significantly reduce your stress, but if you’re tight on money, you can still get some help by planning a packing party.
Stock up on boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and labels – then invite your family and friends over to help. You can entice them with food and drinks and have a fun evening saying goodbye while also saving money on your move.
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