EASY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR NEXT MOVE
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, it’s expensive. On average, a move can cost anywhere from $1,200 to well over $4,500, once you account for moving trucks, packing materials, and everything else that comes up during the move.
Moving doesn’t have to break the bank, though. With a few smart moves and a strategic approach to moving, you can take a big bite out of your moving costs.
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
The first step to a less expensive – and easier – move is to declutter. There is absolutely no sense in moving items that you no longer need or want. If you are using a moving company that charges based on the weight of your belongings, packing up a bunch of unneeded items will only drive up the price. Even if movers charge by the hour, you don’t want to pay for the time it takes to load up a bunch of useless junk.
Therefore, before you pack a single box, do a whole-house declutter. Consider having a yard sale to unload some of the items, and then donate the rest. Be ruthless; if you haven’t touched something in over a year, you probably aren’t going to miss it, so don’t bring it to the new home. As a bonus, decluttering now helps you get off on the right foot in your new place. You’ll be better organized and not bogged down by clutter.
Measure Your New Place
It’s happened to almost everyone: You get everything moved over to the new place, only to discover that your couch won’t fit through the front door, or your bedroom set leaves less than six inches to walk around the room. Before you spend money moving bulky furniture, then, measure the rooms and access points in the new place to make sure everything will fit. If it turns out it doesn’t, you can sell things before you move and buy something else to be delivered once you’re in the new place. Reducing the amount of furniture that needs to go on the truck will help slash the bill.
DIY What You Can
While the idea of hiring a moving company to come in and pack your belongings and deliver them to your new place might sound appealing, it’s also expensive. As you compare WA moving companies, look at the different options and DIY where you can. Many companies allow clients to pack their own items and just handle the heavy lifting and transportation. The more that you can do yourself, the less expensive the move will be.
If your new home is nearby, try bringing over a few carloads of items each day to help reduce how much needs to be moved by the movers. Moving some items by yourself can also help reduce some of the anxiety. If you have high-value items – whether monetary or sentimental – moving can provide some peace of mind that they won’t be lost, stolen, or damaged.
Reduce Packing Material Costs
Packing materials are a major contributor to the high cost of moving. It’s easy to drop hundreds of dollars on boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape, most of which will end up in the recycling bin after you move.
With some clever tricks, though, you can save money on packing materials. For starters, don’t purchase moving boxes. Check out Craigslist or your local Facebook marketplace to see if anyone has boxes they could give you or sell at a discount. Many stores will also give boxes free for the asking; check out the grocery or liquor store to see what’s available. Just keep in mind that not all boxes are created equal, so if you are packing especially delicate or valuable items, a newer, more solid box might be a better option.
As for packing materials, consider what can do double duty. Towels make perfect padding for glass items, for instance. Try wrapping vases in bath towels or using kitchen towels between plates or use clean socks to protect glassware. You have to move those things anyway, so use what you can rather than buying expensive bubble wrap.
Negotiate a Deal
Finally, you may be able to negotiate a better price on your move simply by being flexible. Weekends at the end of the month tend to be busy times for movers, especially in the summer. If you can be flexible and move during the week or the week before the end of the month, you might be able to score a discount. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Moving can be stressful and expensive, but if you only move what you absolutely need and get the right help, it will go smoothly – and won’t deplete your bank account.