Relocating can be expensive and often happens when you can afford it the least, with many other costs to cover, whether you’re relocating locally, nationally, or overseas. However, your move doesn’t have to ruin the bank or mean taking shortcuts at the expense of the safety of your belongings.
Check out these top 6 tips for saving money on the go, and it can make your move much more affordable:
If you are planning to hire a moving company and have already started looking for quotes from them, chances are they asked you about the size of your move before getting a quote. This is because moving companies rely on the size of the load and the van or truck (s) needed to make the move as efficient as possible.
Hence, shrinking the load can save you a significant amount of money. Sell, donate, or dispose of any furniture or items that are damaged, have not been used in the past 6 months, or have no financial or sentimental value.
Selling the items at a garage sale to a thrift store or pawn shop is ideal because the profit you make can add to your moving costs.
Using a professional packing service can save you time, but it will add to the cost of your move. Pack loose or smaller items yourself. Seek professional packaging tips and advice to ensure your products are packaged in a way that reduces the risk of breakage. Pay special attention to fragile and electronic items.
Ask your local grocery, grocery, or liquor store for free boxes. Collect and use free newspapers as packaging material instead of buying wrapping paper or bubble wrap.
Start packing as early as possible before moving the day, and pack a little bit every day so you don’t run out of time. While this may not save you money, it will save you some of the stress often associated with moving.
3. GO LOCAL
Local moving companies often offer competitive rates to compete with larger moving companies. Ask them for a full quote and compare the estimates with quotes from other moving companies, large and small. Also, ask them if they would like to offer you a discount for any reason.
4. OUT OF SEASON AND DAYS OF THE WEEK
Movers are much busier in the spring and summer months simply because the weather makes moving easier. During the winter, they often offer discounted rates to attract business. Ask your moving company when it is low season and what the fee will be if you postpone your move until then.
Weekends are also much more popular moving days, including Fridays. If possible, schedule your move mid-week and the moving company will likely offer you a discount.
5. DO IT YOURSELF
Do-it-yourself moves have become much more popular in the last decade simply because they are so much cheaper than using professional motors. It seems that all you have to pay is to rent a moving van. However, the discount is still important – the bigger the size of the van, the more you’ll pay to rent it.
If you are moving locally, it is recommended that you rent a van for the whole day. A do-it-yourself move can take a little longer than expected, and this also gives you the chance for a second (or third) charge if needed. If you move further afield or out of state, it may take a little longer. Check out the long-term rental rates to see if they are lower than renting a van per day.
In addition, you will have to beg and bribe family and friends to help you lift heavy objects, load and unload the rental van. If you can’t get free labor, you may have to pay a few day laborers to help you move. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of food and drink for your free or paid labor.
It’s also important to note that while moving house does it yourself will save you money, it won’t save you time and is probably the most stressful way to move. Make sure to plan your move well in advance and be ready to move forward on move day to minimize stress.
Check whether your home insurance covers your assets during transport or during a move. This saves you the costs of taking out short-term insurance. Insurance may not cover a do-it-yourself relocation, but only for professional relocations. Keep in mind that there is nothing more expensive than replacing your belongings if they are lost, stolen, or damaged for any reason.