Let’s talk moving. Everyone knows that moving into a new home can be both exciting, stressful and expensive. Sometimes the move ends up costing more than anticipated; setting your family further back financially than you would like to admit. If you are downsizing in order to save money, have aging parents that require extra care, or are starting a new career, the last thing you should have to worry about is the added expense to moving. According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of an interstate household move is around $4,300 for a distance of 1,225 miles. They also averaged the cost of an intrastate move to about $2,300. If you are moving and are not willing to over pay for it, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can save. Many people pay extra when they don’t have to, all because they refuse to take time to do the research. But, if you are someone that is trying to save money by moving, I assure you that if you follow these simple steps, you will be able to save hundreds of dollars.
Step One: Take time to compare and contrast different movers
The biggest mistake people make when moving is not comparing different rates of professional movers. It is always a good idea to look for movers in the surrounding towns so that you are not getting a more expensive rate than you need. If you look hard enough, you may be able to find coupons online and in the newspaper to help with the cost! For instance, if you are moving corporate locations, long distance or just moving your house, you may find that Allied Van Lines has significantly cheaper prices than another company. It is imperative to educate yourself before you commit to anything. If possible, search for reviews to ensure that you are getting a good price along with good quality. If you hire a company that cost $100 less, but they end up breaking all of your stuff or put holes in the wall without reimbursing you, you would’ve been better off paying the extra cash. Do not under any circumstance sacrifice quantity for quality when it comes to moving things that are valuable and important to you.
Step Two: Find cheap packing materials
If you have never moved, then I will share a hack that will save you a ton of money! Many stores will let you take their old storage or delivery boxes if you just ask! These boxes are free of charge. Many stores allow this because they are just going to throw them away anyways. When you take the boxes, it saves them time and it saves you a dollar or two per box. If you only get a few boxes from Wal-Mart, try moving on to the store across the street until you have the amount that you need. Stores are always guaranteed to get boxed shipments and some may even be willing to let you know what day of the week would be best to come pick the boxes up if they don’t have any on hand. If taking a small amount of time out of your day to make a few stops at stores can save you $100, it will be worth it in the long run! Another tip is to skip the packing peanuts! Most of the time, people only own a few items that truly require the use of packing peanuts or bubble wrap. One idea to keeping glass items safe is by wrapping them in thicker clothes that you are already planning on packing. If you do this, you safe space and money and your items will still be protected by the padding of the shirt! If you are still worried about the movers breaking items, consider taking all of the fragile things yourself! This will save you a lot of money, because that means fewer trips and potentially less trucks for the movers. The more items you can stuff in your car, the better! Make use of old laundry baskets and suitcases so that you do not have to buy boxes or take up any more room than necessary. There are also many packing necessities that you can find at the dollar store, such as tape. Always look for the best prices and don’t commit until you have found the cheapest one!
Step Three: Donate things you don’t need
Although it is a great idea to use what you have in order to move, take a week to evaluate donating the things that you may not need. It is easy to buy little knick knacks and lose track of them throughout the years. The things that are just sitting in a box in a closet are probably not needed. It may be hard to throw out these things, but trust me you will thank me later. If you’re not using it, give it to someone who will. You will save money and you will make someone very happy in the process. If you have any valuable items that you don’t use anymore, consider making an eBay or Craigslist account in order to sell it to the highest bidder. You can also have a final “going away” garage sale for your neighbors. If you end up putting any money that you make towards the cost of moving, you have the potential to save an extra couple hundred dollars just by selling items.
No matter the reason or how far you are moving, there are always ways to save money. Plan in advance so that you do not get overwhelmed by the huge stress of uprooting your life. Set a budget and then do everything in your power to stick to it. Once you are all moved in, you may even be able to use some of the extra money that you saved to treat yourself.