Tips for Saving Money While Moving
For a lot of people, moving is an exciting event—you are going from where you are now to a new place that you have chosen. There are so many new experiences just around the corner.
Of course, before you can enjoy those experiences, you have to move your stuff. And that can get expensive and stressful.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make moving less expensive. When you are concerned with the cost of moving it makes sense to see what ways you can limit your expenses.
There will still be costs involved, but learning to find savings where you can is an excellent way to ensure that you get where you are going without breaking the bank.
Here is some of the best advice to save money when you are moving:
1. Only take what you need.
Humans tend to be collectors. The bigger your living space, the more things you will likely collect. Whether you need all of the items you have accumulated is something worth considering, especially as you approach moving day.
While you should certainly take anything and everything that you want to bring with you, there is a good chance that at least a few of the things in your home can be sold, donated, given away, or discarded.
One of the best moving tips I always mention to people is to weed out the things you don’t want first.
Before you start packing, create a system for processing your things. You can make a pile or load up a box for each category that you want to use. For most people, it is good to categorize based on what you want to sell or give away. Here are some great tips for packing your house.
Remember, charity organizations will only take items in good repair. If some of your things are broken or worn out, they will probably need to be thrown away whether than donated. Here is an excellent resource of charities that will take household items. Looks over the list and see if you can take some of your moving burdens away by donating.
You will not only be getting rid of some unwanted stuff but helping someone in need in the process.
2. Figure out what you can do yourself and what you need help with.
Moving involves some decision making. You have specific factors you need to consider—how much time you have, how much energy you have, how much stuff you need to move, how far you are moving, etc. It is obviously less expensive to pack and move your things in many cases. But moving is a lot different when it’s just you in a studio apartment compared to you and a well-established family moving a large home.
You will need to balance cost what you are capable and willing to do yourself. That being said, there are usually at least a few tasks that you can do yourself if you want to save money. Packing your own things will lessen the cost of hiring movers to do the job, for instance. You can also move smaller stuff on your own if you like. Those who move on their own will often opt for using a moving container to store and move their things.
3. Try to find free moving supplies.
Often you can find friends and family who have moving boxes that they want to get rid of. You may even have some yourself. Every free box saves you some money. Packing breakable items with your clothing or free newspapers can also save a little money.
There are limits to what you can do with found supplies, though. Like if you have stemware you value, it is probably worth it to buy a specific box for packing it. Old boxes can be plenty strong, but not all of them are.
You may want to consider new or barely used boxes if you are hiring movers as well. They may not be as gentle with your boxes as you would be, so you want to be sure that they will hold up to being tossed around. Here are some places you may try to find free moving boxes.
4. Check out what it would cost to ship your things.
If you don’t have a lot of stuff that you need to move and you are traveling a long distance, it might be more affordable to ship your belongings. It is worth calculating the shipping cost to determine if you are better off renting a truck or sending most of your things by mail.
You may find that it makes sense to ship some of your stuff and move some of it yourself.
5. Compare the cost of hiring different moving companies.
Moving companies compete with each other, and they are always eager for business. That means that you can sometimes find good deals when one company is looking to attract movers.
Although cost may be your primary concern, don’t forget to compare other factors as well. Sometimes going for the lowest-cost service can backfire when you get a company that does not take good care of you or your things.
There are a variety of ways you can verify the quality of service a company provides, including online reviews and speaking with former customers. Do your research to make sure you are not only getting a reasonable price but quality service as well.
Here is a list of some of the larger moving companies across the country. These are the big boys. If you are being relocated across the country hiring one of these more established moving companies makes a lot of sense.
6. Ask for a deal.
It may seem weird to ask a business to cut you a deal when so much of what you buy is non-negotiable. But when it comes to moving companies, they can and sometimes will cut you a deal if you ask for it.
They may bargain with you by changing up how they move you—like moving at a different time than you initially requested. If you can agree with the moving company, then you may be able to get a reduced price that will save you big money.
7. Find out the cheapest times to move.
Moving has its seasons just like most business. People tend to move more often in the summer, for instance, than they do in the winter. Movers are often busiest on weekends and at the beginning and end of the month.
If you are alright with moving mid-week or mid-month, you may be able to get a reduced price for your move that is well-worth the adjustment to your current moving plans.
Sometimes your schedule just doesn’t work when trying to move from one house to the next. You may need to get a temporary storage facility before you move into the home you purchased.
The timing of buying a selling a home quite often can be complicated. It is something I counsel my clients on all the time.
8. Convince your friends to help out.
One of the best ways to save money moving is to get your friends involved. Depending on your social circle, you may have the ideal moving team in your group of friends.
When you have friends with trucks, or who are relatively fit and willing to carry boxes, you can save a lot of money by enlisting their help. You may be able to get most of your stuff moved just by renting a truck and paying for pizza and beer.
There are some potential drawbacks to using your friends, however. They may not be as eager on moving day as they were when you first asked. They may also be less punctual or as hard working as you would prefer when dealing with the stress of moving.
While saving money on your move is excellent, not at the expense of getting the job done in a timely fashion. Make sure you can count on your friend coming through for you.
9. Ask your company to help you out.
One of the best tips for lowering your moving expenses is to talk to your employer. If you are moving for work, there is a good chance that your company will help cover the cost of the move. It is definitely worth asking to see what your company’s moving policy is. Even if they don’t include the total cost, they may cover part of it.
Depending on how much they are willing to pay for moving costs you could afford to hire professionals to do everything for you—packing, transporting and unpacking.
Additional Moving Resources Worth Reading
When it comes to moving you can never be armed with too much helpful information. Here are some of the better moving resources I have published over the years at Maximum Real Estate Exposure. Use these moving tips to help plan accordingly.
- How to move with pets – do you have an animal you will be moving with? See these thirteen tips for moving with pets. You’ll be glad you did.
- Who to notify that you’re moving – after your home goes under contract and the sale looks solid, you should plan on picking up your change of address forms at the local post office. Another essential task is to put together a list of all the people and organizations that should be filled in on your move.
- How to avoid moving disputes – nobody wants to find out they have a significant problem with a moving company. Unfortunately, it does happen. Follow some of the tips to increase your chances of a smooth and uneventful move.
Moving is probably one of the least desirable aspects of selling a home. It is a stressful and challenging part of any home sale. Hopefully, these resources will not only help you save some money but help make the process easier.
Helpful Home Selling Resources From Other Real Estate Professionals
- How to have a smooth home inspection via Jeff Nelson.
- How mortgage rates affect sellers and buyers via Petra Norris.
- Smart advice for a winter home sale via Luke Skar.
Use these additional resources to make the best decisions when you are buying or selling a home.
About the Author: The above Real Estate information on how to save money when moving was provided by Bill Gassett, a Nationally recognized leader in his field. Bill can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 508-625-0191. Bill has helped people move in and out of many Metrowest towns for the last 32+ years.
Are you thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!
I service Real Estate sales in the following Metrowest MA towns: Ashland, Bellingham, Douglas, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sutton, Wayland, Westborough, Whitinsville, Worcester, Upton and Uxbridge MA.