Moving expenses can be tricky if you don’t research and stay one step ahead before moving.
Moving is never a fun experience, but it can be incredibly stressful when trying to stay within a budget.
The costs can quickly add up from packing all your belongings and searching for the most reasonably-priced services—including cheap car shipping—to paying for all the items and services you need to make it happen.
If you’re looking for ways to save on your moving expenses, there are a few things you can do.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your money wMoneymoving:
Use an Auto Transport Service to Ship Your Vehicle
If you have a car, driving it to your new destination can be a significant expense and hassle if you’re moving a long distance.
Aside from the inconvenience of driving for what could be thousands of miles, putting the vehicle through various road and weather conditions leaves it open to potential damage to its components.
Just a few damages could see you accumulate more expenses.
Long-distance drives also mean fuel and accommodation costs, not to mention insurance coverage.
A critical piece of paper that I forgot when I moved to Canada was to get my record of no claims.
That one piece of paper saved me thousands of dollars on insurance coverage in Canada.
A much better option is to use a car shipping company like AmeriFreight.
The company will take care of all the logistics for you, and you won’t have to worry about your car’s safety.
When visiting, they will help you understand what shipping your car with AmeriFreight will be.
You may find that shipping your car is cheaper than buying one at your new destination.
Don’t Purchase New Boxes
One of the most significant moving-related expenses is purchasing boxes for all your belongings.
Moving companies usually provide boxes and other packing supplies for an added fee.
However, you will find that you can’t trifle with the prices of these boxes.
A better option is to reuse boxes from your previous move or borrow them from friends and family members.
Another option is to search for free box exchanges in your area.
You can also check out Kijiji, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for free boxes.
You can also visit your local grocery store and ask them for any empty boxes.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
The more belongings you have, the more it will cost to move them.
They’ll need more packing supplies and time to pack them. When I bought a shipping package in the UK, I was fortunate to have my packing supplies included in the price.
To save on moving expenses, get rid of anything you or your family doesn’t need.
This could be clothes you never wear, furniture that’s just taking up space, or toys your children have outgrown.
It would be best to go through all your belongings—from cookware to your closet, furniture, and books.
I sold most of my belongings or passed them on to friends and family in the UK.
Take inventory of what you can use at your new destination and what you can leave behind.
Getting rid of these items saves you moneymaking supplies and moving costs, but it will also free up much-needed space in your new home.
In addition, selling your unwanted belongings is also a great way to make extra money.
You can organize a garage sale a few weeks before your move or sell your items online.
I was fortunate that my mum and dad participated in a car boot sale (garage sale) to sell anything they could after I moved.
If you feel that selling your things adds even more to your plate, you can donate these to a charitable organization or throw them away.
One way to save on your moving expenses is to pack light. Packing light was the best advice ever, and I still support that today after 12 years living in Canada.
This means packing only the essentials and leaving behind any non-essential items.
When packing, think about what you’ll need in the first few days and weeks after moving.
Will you need your bedsheets and towels? Will you need your pots and pans?
If you’re unsure, err on packing less rather than more.
You can always buy new items when you arrive at your destination if you need them.
Packing light will make your move more manageable and less stressful.
You won’t have to worry about moving heavy and bulky items.
Most importantly, moving companies charge your items’ weight and volume, especially when moving across a long distance.
So, the less you pack, the less it will cost you to move.
The earlier you start planning your move, the more money you’ll save.
Early planners may also have access to better deals and discounts on moving services.
They can also take their time to find the best moving company for their needs and budget.
This affords them the time to carefully research and asks for quotes from different moving companies.
They can compare rates and services to find the most affordable option.
In addition, early planners are less likely to forget important tasks like changing their address or notifying their bank of their move.
By planning early, you’ll be able to avoid any last-minute stress and expenses.
Book Movers at a Specific Time
If you can book movers at a specific time, you can save money.
Moneyeason is that moving companies usually charge more for moves during peak hours.
For example, moving companies may charge more to move on a Saturday than they would if a move takes place on a weekday.
They also charge more if you book during the peak season, typically between Memorial Day and Labour Day.
You must also try to avoid booking moving services for the last weekend of a month because this is when most people move.
Book your movers on weekdays during off-peak hours and seasons to get the best rates.
Experts say that the months between October and April are typically the cheapest times to move.
This way, you’ll save money without having to do deal with the hassle of moving during peak season.
Seek Help From Friends and Family Members
If you’re short on cash and can’t afford to get professional packing services, seek help from your friends and family members.
Some might be more than willing to help you pack your belongings and load them up to your moving truck.
You can ask them to watch your children or pets while you’re busy packing and moving.
Plan Your Meals in Advance
Another way to save on your moving expenses is to plan your meals.
Preparing meals ahead of time and bringing them with you on moving day will save you big bucks.
Doing so will also help avoid having to cook in your new kitchen.
Plus, it’s always a good idea to have snacks and drinks on hand to keep your energy up while you’re busy moving.
In addition, it can be tempting to order food or dine out as you organize your new home.
However, this can quickly add up and dent your budget.
So, if you want to save money, create a grocery list and what you’ll cook for each meal.
This way, you’ll be less likely to overspend or order takeout.
Prepare Your Items Before the Movers Arrive
One of the best ways to save on your moving expenses is to prepare your items before the movers arrive.
This means packing all your belongings in boxes and labelling them accordingly.
Local movers charge by the hour, so the more you can help them, the less it will cost you.
It’s also good to clear out any unnecessary items before the movers arrive.
By doing so the movers can focus on packing and moving your belongings quickly and efficiently.
Plus, it will make your move less chaotic and stressful.
Remember to Cancel the Services at Your Old Home
Before you’ve moved into your new home, don’t forget to cancel the services at your old home.
Bills such as your cable, Internet, and utilities which are relatively easy to do with a phone call.
If you don’t cancel these services, you’ll be charged for them even though you’re no longer using them.
So, be sure to add this task to your moving checklist and cancel the services as soon as possible.
Take Advantage of Moving Company Promotions
Finally, take advantage of moving company promotions where they offer discounts and special deals to new customers.
So, ask your movers about any available promotions and see if you can qualify for a discount.
This way, you’ll be able to save even more money move.
The Bottom Line
Moving can be a costly and stressful experience.
However, there are ways to save on your moving expenses and make the process less chaotic.
By following these tips, you can minimize your moving costs and ease the transition into your new home.
Discussion Question: Are there any other tips you can share with readers about saving money before or after moving to a new residence?
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