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How to cut down on moving costs

By Relocation.com | Published: Feb 03, 2010 | 15 Comments

Moving is expensive, so anything you can do to cut costs - even if seemingly minor - can add up. Here are some ways to save:

  1. Avoid high season

    Don't move during June, July, and August - those are the priciest months to move because of high demand. Also, aim for the middle of the month - rates are higher at the beginning and end of the month because of the large number of leases with month-end terminations.

  2. Don't move what you don't need

    Most long distance moving is based on the weight of your shipment, so figure out if you really need to move some of your items, particularly the heavy ones. If you haven't used it in a year, will you ever use it again?

  3. Don't skimp on packing

    Be careful of packing tips that might save you money initially but won't protect your stuff - for example, using newspaper as packing material instead of bubble wrap. It could save a few bucks, but in the end, is breaking something worth it - not to mention all of the ink rubbing off on your stuff? Also, don't use substandard boxes you find behind the grocery store - the expense from breakage if that box falls apart will more than outweigh whatever you save by not buying quality moving boxes.

  4. Just ask

    Ask the movers themselves for ways to save on your move. In a bid to win your business, they might come up with ideas that you hadn't thought of.

  5. Pack it yourself

    Packing services are expensive. If you don't want to pack it all yourself, try a partial pack where movers pack the heavy and fragile stuff (dishware) and you handle the non-breakable items like clothes and books. Every box you pack yourself is money in your pocket.

    However, be aware that if you buy insurance for your move, the insurance likely won't cover items you pack yourself, unless there's clear damage to the box. The insurers don't want to pay damages for items packed by amateurs.

  6. Research potential tax deductions

    If it's for relocation reasons, your move may be tax-deductible. Keep all your receipts and consult a professional.

  7. Stock up

    Make sure that you have plenty of boxes and materials so you don't need to keep making trips to the store to buy more. You'll probably need more than you plan for, so buy extra.

  8. Break it down

    Every service that a professional mover performs has a cost to it - know what those costs are and how you can avoid them. If you have items at a storage unit or somewhere else where they need to be picked up, try to move them to your home to avoid extra charges.

    Most items that need to be disassembled, like beds, can be handled by the moving companies. However, other items like outdoor gyms and play sets require extra labor and will cost you more. Whenever you can, disassemble and reassemble these items yourself.

  9. Time is money

    Color-code the boxes according to the room they belong in so they all end up in the same place. It will save time for both you and the moving company.

  10. Be packed and ready on moving day

    Make sure everything is packed and ready to go on moving day. If the moving company has to pack boxes for you on moving day, they'll charge you for it and it can often be expensive. Check this list for moving-day packing charges that you'll want to avoid.

Comments

By Sandra J Steele,  Sun Oct 3 2010, 10:23
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By Fran Rokicki,  Fri Oct 29 2010, 17:45
A few of my clients have used the Pods. They deliver it to your home, you load it and then, it is delivered to your new home. Some have even used this service to move across states! Worked out really well, they tell me.
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By Shawn Rosa,  Tue Dec 13 2011, 13:35
I try to move everything small enough to move without assistance from professional movers. Let them focus on the bigger and heavier items. if you are being charged by the hour, it will save you time and money
By Adrian Provost,  Mon Feb 27 2012, 16:32
Brilliant Tips!
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By Rogerson,  Tue Apr 16 2013, 23:52
A good way for you to save some money would be to cut down on moving boxes expenses. There are plenty of ways to acquire free or at least pretty cheap boxes. If you feel adventurous, you can go to a cardboard recycling facility and get all the boxes you need for free. Another option is to check internet ads placed by people who have just moved and have dozens of boxes they don’t need and are ready to part with at a low price.

Have a look at http://www.rogersontransport.com/ it is a professionals moving company across all areas of removals.
By Moving Angel,  Tue Apr 23 2013, 05:59
You can also claim long distance moving as expense for tax purposes. If you move further than 50 miles from home or work, it will all be tax deductible.
You can read more about at http://www.movingangels.com
By Advancewindows,  Tue May 21 2013, 03:17
Yes, the article you posted is helpful, I'd like to add some more points like planning which is the most important factor, make the insurance of moving goods, and try to move on weekdays.
By Patrick Williams,  Wed Jun 19 2013, 21:36
Moving, Meoving, mooving... I tried, any way you try to present it... Just isnt fun, backaches, where is this box? What box is my Jacket in? Did you hear that glass breaking noise? Thats ytoo high to stack those honey...
Ugh... its not enough to pack it up, then move it around and around. It used to be I would rent a truck, then to storage and rent a truck drive a distance reload the truck, fill the tank over and over again where is the end of the cash guzzling move?
This time I am by estimate, going to spend 200. additional. But I will have PODS deliver a container, have them take it to store for a couple months. When I buy and remodel my new lace... One phone call and its on the truck, they are driving the distance rather than me. I will have the time to maybe sip a tall lemonade? LOL
Compared to Uhaul, it was 1000. less Now Im doing 1 16 x 8 x 8 container fm a three bedroom house... Im downsizing, in the end it will be cleansing, that after all the grief of letting go of the junk I never used for years...
By Carmen Brodeur- Top 1% Realtor,  Tue Dec 3 2013, 08:26
Great tips! Moving can be very expensive.
By davis-partridge,  Fri Sep 19 2014, 10:24
I like the second suggestion in the article. It is something that I think about every time I move. In fact, I usually either hold a yard sale, or I simply sell things online. It is nice to get rid of some extra belongings before the move begins. http://www.wiebesmoving.com
By Mark Saunders,  Thu Feb 5 2015, 10:00
greast tips pods have worked

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