Apart from being a stressful and overwhelming task, moving is also an expensive job to do and can put a significant dent in your budget. People usually spend around $2300 when moving within the state and the price goes up to $4300 if you are moving to another state. Well, relocation is undoubtedly an expensive job, from packing supplies to hiring movers you will have to spend thousands of dollars. But making some wise decisions would certainly help you to save your relocation expense.

Here are a few methods for you to save some precious bucks. Have a look and plan your move smartly.

Choose Off-Peak Season

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We recommend you choose an off-peak date for moving. Especially, don’t go for summers moving because kids are out of schools in summers and most parents try to relocate in summers. So, if you are not a parent or if you can manage, avoid moving in summer break to save relocation expense.

Also, the beginning and end months are peak days of moving. So, it is better to avoid these dates to save some dollars while moving.

 

DIY Your Move

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If you are brave enough, DIY is the best option to save up on your relocation expense. Movers and packers charge an extensive amount to pack and move your stuff but doing it yourself will save you a significant amount of money. So, get your backs ready and start the hard work at your earliest because it will take weeks to pack your home yourself.

Here is a complete guideline to plan and execute your DIY move.

 

Sell Unwanted Items

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Decluttering your home before moving is the most popular thing to do before moving. It will make your move easier and you can also earn some money for your relocation expense. So, start cleaning your closet and garage, and put everything that you don’t use or intend to discard on sale.

There are plenty of sources to sell your stuff – stores that buy used electronic items, online market places or a simple garage sale would do the job for you.

 

Search Free Boxes

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Buying boxes for packing might cost a hefty amount and would increase your relocation expense. So, it is a better idea to gather as many free boxes as you can. Start searching for reusable cardboard boxes in your nearby grocery stores, liquor shops, or even recycling drop-off locations.

Other than that, if you are looking for any special type of packaging box, you can always search on online market places like Facebook or craigslist.com. People often buy more boxes than their needs and end up selling those extra boxes at these market places.

 

Save On Packing Supplies

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Packing supplies are essential for moving fragile objects and you will need plenty of them to ensure safe and sound moving of your mirrors and art pieces. But you can save your hundreds of dollars by wrapping your mirrors in blankets instead of bubble wrap or filling cartons with clothes and bed sheets in place of paddings. Also, asking friends and family, who recently moved their home, for some leftover packing materials would not harm them.

 

Do Packing Yourself To Save Relocation Expense

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We understand, planning and executing a DIY move is a lot of hard work and requires some serious skills. But, it would be easier if you do the packing and unpacking yourself and let the movers do the hard work of lifting and moving only. Moving companies offer different services packages. You can choose the package that matches your budget and working capabilities.

 

Hire Cheap Movers

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Hiring a low-cost moving company will definitely minimize your relocation expense but you will have to choose carefully. First, select 2 to 3 moving companies and ask them to provide a complete estimate in written form, after performing an in-house estimate. After that, it will be easier for you to select an affordable movers company. But you will have to be vigilant with cheap movers because they might have some hidden charges which will hurt you in the future. Here is a link to our blog How to Hire Trustworthy and Affordable Movers.

 

Make Smart Decisions

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By making smart decisions we do not want you to solve difficult calculus problems or make serious life and death decision, but we want you to be vigilant and make smart decisions which are financially beneficial for you.

The above-mentioned ways of reducing your relocation expense are described generally if you blindly follow these methods you will end up paying more. So, if you are not able to perform a DIY move don’t go for it and decide smartly which other ways of saving money would be suitable and feasible for you and your family.

 

We hope this guide will help you in reducing your relocation expense and you will be able to bring your relocation expense within your budget.

Whether you are moving to a new neighborhood or a new town, hiring movers suitable for your needs is the most difficult task. You will find moving companies in every nook and corner but not all movers are trustworthy and affordable. Finding reliable and affordable movers is like finding a needle in a haystack but don’t stress we are here to help you.

What traits to look for in a trustable mover? Where to search for an affordable mover? How to select the best movers within your budget? Here is a complete guide for you to help you hire the best movers within your budget.

The Sooner the Better

Start looking around for moving services as soon as possible. There are very slim chances of finding an affordable moving company at the last moment. Looking early will give you many benefits. Firstly, you will have plenty of options to choose from and most companies offer early bird discount offers to its customers. So, it is wiser for you to avail of these offers.

Moreover, starting early will allow you to choose the moving date that is cheaper. It is common for companies to charge less for the weekdays or during the off-peak season, like September to May.

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Search Affordable Movers In Your Neighborhood

Looking for local movers has an extra benefit. Local moving companies don’t have high marketing budgets to attract customers and they mainly depend on local customers for their business. They will perform their best to gain the confidence of people and might offer cheaper rates than renowned moving companies to attract more local customers. So, go through your local magazines and flyers, or ask your neighbor’s recommendations for affordable and reliable movers.

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Ask for Recommendations

It is better to opt for the movers who are recommended by close family members or your trusted friends. Ask about their experience with the movers and whether the final cost exceeded the estimated cost or not.

Other than that, you can always look on the internet for recommendations. My Moving Reviews and Yelp are the best sites to look for recommendations. You can search for movers who match your budget and read their recommendations. But don’t finalize any mover company by just reading recommendation, collect as many information as you can.

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Shortlist Your Best Options

After collecting all the information now it’s time to shortlist the best moving companies under your budget. We have a 3 step guide for you to shortlist affordable moving companies.

  • First look for online reviews on their websites or social media pages and strike out companies with bad reviews from your list.
  • The next step is to look for any red flags in the company’s profile. Look for USDOT number and MC License number on the website. And don’t forget to confirm the physical address.
  • Lastly, search the consumer protection sites, like com and Better Business Bureau. These websites maintain a record of companies that have a history of complaints and you should avoid hiring these companies.

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Get In-House Estimates

Moving charges are dependent on various factors. Moving to a long-distance location would be expensive in comparison to moving within a city. Also, the more special requirements you have the more would be the charges. So, the next step is to ask the shortlisted movers for a complete moving estimate.

Invite a representative to your house and discuss what items would be involved in moving and what other services you require for your relocation. Get the complete estimate on a paper and make sure everything, from shipment charges to applicable taxes, are covered in the written estimate and there are no hidden charges.

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Check Insurance Coverage

Now it’s time to check what type of insurance coverage they are providing. Usually, there are 2 types of insurance policies. In first, they will cover the cost if (God forbid) there is an accident while transportation and the truck get completely damaged, they will cover the loss. Another policy is regarding the damage to goods while packing or moving.

It is important to be fully aware of the liability coverage the moving company is offering you. Ask the movers to explain the liability coverage and whether there would be any compensation for late delivery. Again we would suggest it is always better to get everything in writing.

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The Last Step

Now that you have completed the hard part of the research, it is easier to compare your options and choose the cheapest offer you have. But don’t forget to double-check all the services they are providing at the given cost. Make sure all your requirements are fulfilled and nothing is left behind.

In the end, it will not harm you to look for an extra discount or canceling any unnecessary service that you don’t need to the final cost.

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