From packing supplies to hiring professional movers, moving costs can really add up. And, while you understandably want to move as cheaply as possible, you’ll also want to move as comfortably as possible, which may require investing a bit of cash. Follow the tips below to get the best of both worlds:
- If you’re just moving a couple of boxes to a nearby destination, get your friends to help so that you won’t need to pay a professional mover.
- If you are moving the contents of a whole house, even if it’s just around the corner, make sure to hire responsible local movers. What you’ll pay for moving services will be a fraction of the price of having to replace items that you accidentally break because you’re inexperienced, rushed or clumsy.
- If you’re moving over 100 miles away, compare prices of different interstate movers to determine which one offers the cheapest rates.
- Save money by taking the minimal insurance offered. If you’re hiring movers that you trust, you can hope that your items won’t get damaged or that the minimal insurance will cover most of the replacement or repair costs.
- Drive your car instead of flying. If you have a family, you can save hundreds of dollars on your moving costs by driving instead of paying for multiple plane tickets.
- Say no to packing services. Most moving companies offer to pack up your things, but you can save a bundle if you do it yourself. If it’s too overwhelming, get some friends to help.
- Purchase your own moving supplies. Whether you’re packing up independently or need help from your movers, you can save big by buying packing materials at a local store instead of getting them from your movers.
The most important thing to remember when attempting to move cheaply is that it’s not worth saving money at the outset if it’ll cost you money at the end. If scrimping on savings will compromise the efficiency of your move, you may find yourself missing more work, paying overage charges on a rental truck or spending money on replacing damaged items, all of which will reverse the savings you’ve tried to accomplish. Make sure to be thorough in your research and systematic in your move so that you’ll maximize your savings without maximizing your headache.