Moving is often called one of the most stressful experiences of your lifetime. It can also be quite expensive, especially if you’re unprepared for the hidden costs of moving. Depending on the distance, hiring professional movers can cost thousands of dollars – that’s not even counting the moving supplies. You’re not alone in seeking affordable alternatives. You can cut the cost of your moving expenses with a few tips from the experts.
Minimize Moving Expenses
Whether you are moving down the block or to an entirely new state, there are going to be expenses involved. You cannot avoid all the costs of moving. You can, however, reduce some of them.
Moving Supplies – Moving boxes are not a cheap expense. Before you begin packing each room, consider actively seeking out free moving supplies. You could save hundreds of dollars in doing so. Some options include Craigslist, U-Haul, Green Van Lines or even your local liquor store or supermarket.
Cheap Dates – Most professional moving companies are booked full on the weekend. Instead, consider a cheaper date, such as during the week in the spring or winter.
Donations/Sale – If you take a good look around your home, chances are you will notice quite a few items you haven’t touched in years. Do you really want to pack that old dresser? Most would say ‘no’. You can donate your clutter, or sell it in a yard sale, to reduce packing expenses.
Organization – You might be thinking that organizing doesn’t directly save you money. You’re right. However, by organizing your goods by room, or by category, you save money on replacements.
Pack Yourself – No, not literally yourself. But, if you choose to pack your home by yourself, without the help of a moving company, you can reduce your relocation expenses significantly. To some, the convenience of hiring expert packers is worth every dime, though.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to minimize moving expenses and save money during relocation. Also, we write moving tips regularly on our blogs. Keep reading.