How To Save Money When Moving: Tips You Need To Know
Moving can be expensive, but there are several ways to make the process more affordable. Hiring professional movers is one. Their training, resources, and experience ensure the job runs smoothly, which keeps costs down, especially if you're relocating to a new state or another country. But while professional movers are a good first step, there are a lot of other things you can do to save money when moving.
Avoid Moving Season
Moving rates vary considerably throughout the year. Prices peak during moving season (May-September), then fall sharply between October-April, making it the best time to search for discounts. Rates are particularly low during December-January, sometimes 30 percent less than what you’d pay in summer!
By and large, people prefer to move on the weekend, which is why movers charge more on Fridays and Saturdays. Save money by scheduling your move mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), when demand is generally lower.
Generally, the longer you wait to schedule your move, the more it will cost you. Booking a move at the last minute is difficult for movers. Assembling trucks, equipment, supplies, and crews is a complex, logistical undertaking, which is why moving companies tend to charge more when you book last minute.
Get Multiple Quotes
Calling several moving companies is the best way to ensure you’re not overpaying. Some movers may even price match their competitors. However, be careful if the price is significantly lower than what everyone else is charging.
Criminals posing as movers often use low prices to attract victims and gain access to their belongings. In order to avoid moving scams, never entrust your household goods to any company unless they're licensed, insured, and certified.
Moving prices are based on weight and volume. The more stuff you have, the more you’ll have to pay to ship it to your new home. Therefore, one of the best ways of saving money is to sell or donate unwanted items. Before you start packing, take inventory of your possessions. Anything that you haven’t used in a while is probably something you don’t need: old clothes, extra blankets, worn furniture, books gathering dust, etc.
Contact a local charity. No doubt they’ll be happy to accept your gently used items. Or host a garage sale. It’s a great way to pare down your belongings while making a few bucks at the same time.
Contact Your Utilities
In order to avoid double paying for heat, water, and electricity, call your local utilities at least two weeks before your move. End service at your current location the day after you leave and begin service at your new location the day before you arrive. That will reduce expenses to a minimum without cutting you off from essential home systems.
Many people pack by throwing items into boxes at random. Instead, take a few moments to think about how you’re going to fit your items into the available space. By carefully organizing the contents of each box, you’ll be able to pack more into them and complete your move with fewer boxes. You not only save on moving supplies, but transportation as well. Shipping costs are based on volume, so the fewer boxes you use, the less you’ll have to pay.
Use Blankets and Towels for Padding
Bubble wrap doesn’t cost much, but you go through it fast. Save money by wrapping fragile items in blankets and towels instead. This not only cuts down on moving supplies, but reduces the number of boxes you need, since your items are doing double duty.
Place Boxes Near the Door
Moving companies generally charge by the hour, which means anything you can do to save time saves money as well. In most cases, when people pack up a room, they leave the boxes for the movers. However, you can speed up the process and reduce costs by carrying your boxes to a central location after you’re done packing, someplace near the front of the house, such as the front door or garage. That way, the movers don’t have to go far to start hauling your stuff out to the van.
Disassemble Furniture Ahead of Time
The best way to save money when moving is to get everything loaded onto the truck as quickly as possible. While movers are happy to help disassemble your furniture, it takes time. Since you’re likely more familiar with how it was put together, dismantling it yourself is not only faster, but cheaper.
Save Money with Full Service Movers
North American offers a full range of household moving services, everything from packing to loading to storage and transport. We empower customers, letting them choose which services best fit their budget and their needs. All our services feature predictable pricing, so you don’t have to worry about surprise costs at the end of the move. Contact us today for a free quote!