5 Tips to Cut Moving Expenses
Moving is an expensive proposition, but there are ways to cut costs, especially if you have a little insight into how the process works. In high school, I worked for a moving company, and I picked up a few tricks:
(See also: 5 Unexpected Moving Expenses.)
1. Get the Little Stuff Out of the Way
Moving boxes, clothes, and the little stuff that makes up most homes is never a big deal. If you have to, you can make a couple of trips with a small car and get a surprising amount dealt with. But the big stuff can present a problem. Rather than hiring a moving company for the little stuff, take care of that yourself and just bring in help for those items that might hurt you if you move them yourself.
2. Don't Move Trash
One of the things that consistently surprised me about the people we moved was how many people had full trash cans that we just moved. When you add on the fact that most people don't sort before they pack, a lot of people pay to move things they don't even want. Clear out your trash ahead of time.
3. Use Linens for Packing
The price of packing materials adds up pretty quickly. You can use towels and other household linens (along with clothing, if necessary) to pack fragile items. You'll cut down on the total number of boxes you need as well. Assuming you're packing clean dishes and the like, you won't even need to run a load of laundry afterward.
4. Consider Not Moving Items
Especially on moves out of the city, it can cost more to move something than to buy it new in your destination. The smaller the amount of belongings you have to move, the cheaper the overall process.
5. Keep Basic Household Goods Out of the General Packing
An unexpected moving cost is needing to run out and buy plates or towels your first night in your new home because you can't find those that you packed. By having a few items in reserve that you move personally, you can avoid that cost entirely.