How to save money when moving
mercredi 13 mai 2020 à 04:00
Moving can be not only a stressful event, but it can also take a big hit on your wallet. There are always expenses you don’t foresee or hidden costs, but, with a bit of planning and a few tricks you can find ways to make sure you save money with your move.
First of all, you should outline a budget to include not only the costs before and during the move, but also any cost you are likely to come across after you have moved into your new home. Work with margins so you have some room for unexpected situations. Also, ask your friends who have moved recently to share what costs they incurred that they didn’t expect.
Since you are already going through everything you own, surely you are going to come across things you haven’t used and won’t do so in the future. Consider selling the ones that are in very good condition in order to add some money to your moving budget. Also, what you don’t sell, donate or recycle - the fewer things you have to move to your new home, the more money you save on storage and transportation.
You can also save a good penny on packing supplies. Check your house for anything you can use as packing materials and space fillers to make you move more budget-friendly. Blankets, towels, bedsheets, even soft toys can come in handy for wrapping fragile items and will save you money on bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Also, renting BOXit&move green plastic boxes instead of using cardboard ones costs less and is more eco-friendly. Check out our website for advantageous moving packages that include green moving boxes, dollies, zip-ties, pick-up and delivery.
Research and analyze whether it would be cheaper to rent a van, hire a mover or move everything yourself. Depending on how many things you have to move, see which option would cost you more, both in terms of money and time spent. Make sure to check quotas from more suppliers to ensure you get the best deal on the market and confirm there aren’t any additional fees (such as extra fees for carrying things up the stairs).
Once you are ready, see if you can do the actual move on a random weekday. Since most moves are commissioned over the weekend you might get a discount if you book during the middle of the workweek. Also, try planning to move towards the middle of a month, because movers might be more available than towards the end or beginning of the month when more people choose to move. Make sure to take into account that peak moving season is during the summer, so you might get lower rates if you move during the winter.