Moving is time-consuming, stressful and of course, expensive. Whether you’re moving across the town or interstate, moving costs add up fast which lead to stress when you are on a tight budget. Finding ways to save money when you are moving is no easy task but it is doable if you know where to start. Here’s a look at the easiest ways to cut expenses on your next big move.
Declutter and donate
Moving house is a great opportunity to get rid of your unnecessary belongings. Moving things you’ll never use will just waste your time, effort and money. So, before you begin the moving process, begin to declutter your home. Go through all your belongings from closets, cabinets and think what you always use. Fewer clothes in the closet mean fewer clothes to relocate.
Get rid of anything that you no longer use. That could mean dropping off a donation at the local charities near your area. You can also make money on the things you are getting rid of. Set up a garage sale or sell some items on Facebook.
Time it right
Another thing you need to consider when hiring a professional moving company is the timing of your move. If at all possible consider moving midweek or in the middle of a month when there’s less demand. Most moving companies tend to be the busiest during weekends. You must also avoid moving out during the holiday season or during summer, those days tend to be busiest and more pricey.
Find free boxes
Boxes may not be a major expense but the cost of packing supplies (cardboard boxes, tapes, bubble wraps etc.) can add up quickly if you buy them from a moving company. you can use second-hand ones as long as they are big and sturdy enough. You can also ask your neighbours or run to a few grocery or hardware stores and find out what days they get their deliveries so you can pick up those leftover boxes before they get sent to recycling.
Resist the urge to eat out
Commit to cooking left-over foods in your pantry as you lead up to moving day and avoid spending money eating out. You’ll be surprised by how much you save over the course of a few days or weeks.
Cut nonessential services early
You obviously need your water and power service until your moving day but is your cable service truly needed? Consider cutting your services early so you won’t pay for an extra month of service. Knowing when to disconnect or transfer your utilities is going to help you save money when for your move.
Shop around for movers
Get quotes from different moving companies through Wise Move and evaluate their quotes in detail. Find out what they charge for vans and other moving equipment. You can also inquire if your movers will give you a fixed rate on your move. To save money make sure to submit a listing on the items you will move and Wise Move’s best moving companies will help you get a free estimate of what your move will cost. You can also get rates up to 75% less, this is because once you request a quote you will be exposed to a network of Wise Move carriers and movers travelling along your route.
Planning is the key! Moving doesn’t have to be expensive with great planning and creativity and by using these strategies will help you save money.