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Moving Expenses: 5 Tips to Make Moving a Bit Cheaper

moving expensesThere is no doubt about it. Moving expenses are real…and the total often exceeds your original estimates. From professional movers to packing supplies, both the big expenses and small costs tend to add up—and fast! However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find some savings along the way.

Use these key moving tips from this professional New York City Moving Company if you want to keep money in your wallet during your move.

1) Shop Around

If you are using professional movers, don’t sign on with the first company that gives you a quote. You are going to want to get quotes from at least three different moving companies and compare not only the final price you will pay but what services are included with that price.

Other tips to save with movers include:

Moving Off-Peak: Many moving companies offer discounts for moves either in the winter or during the workweek. They would prefer to fill these less desirable moving slots at a discount than not at all.

Price Match: If you found a moving company you really like only to have your moving dreams crushed by a hefty price tag, then shopping around may be the answer. If you get a cheaper quote for the same set of services by another moving company, the company you want may be willing to match the price.

Storage: If you have storage needs, many moving companies give discounts for storage space when you use their moving services.

Reputation: Got quoted a price that seems like a dream and can’t find much about the company online? Run! This points to the possibility of a scam that will leave you with less money, and either unmoved items or poorly moved items with plenty of damage. Ideally, your moving company should have a profile on with a high rating and good reviews.

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2) Learn to Reuse & Repurpose

There is a time and place to get creative with reusing and re-purposing items into packing material. But learning when and where is essential. Limit those moving expenses by learning more about packing and what you can/should use!

To save on moving materials, you should consider:

Boxes: You can often score boxes from the grocers or liquor stores for free, so take advantage. These are perfect for light and non-fragile household items. However, since they are not as sturdy and strong as actual moving boxes, you will still want moving boxes as well. You can often get moving boxes on Craiglist or Facebook Marketplace for free or cheap, but even at full price, they are worth it for ensuring fragile items arrive safe and undamaged. Remember, replacing damaged items often costs more money than protecting them.

Cushioning: Bubble wrap is excellent since it is generally cheap and widely available, but before you reach for a roll, consider what you have on hand. Clothing, linens, and other soft items are great to cushion the content in boxes. Bonus: They’re free, on hand, and they need to get packed anyway.  

relocating for work3) Prevent Needless Damage

Damaged items require replacement, which requires spending additional money. Taking a few minutes to learn how to protect furniture during your move and how to pack fragile items is an easy way to avoid costly damages and ultimately decrease moving expenses.

Furniture: For furniture, you will want to make sure the surface is clean to avoid scratches, wrap the whole piece in a moving blanket, then secure the blanket with a roll of industrial stretch wrap. All of these supplies are widely available at moving companies and hardware stores.

Fragile Items: Moving boxes should always be used for fragile items since they are the least likely to bust open or get crushed. Wrap the item in bubble wrap or packing paper, then place it in the box and ensure it isn’t touching any of the side walls. Once your box is full, you will then want to fill the gaps between items and the box’s walls with a cushy buffer like clothing or more packing paper. In the end, nothing in the box should rattle around and it should all be fairly snug.

4) Rethink Heavy Items

Even if you aren’t downsizing your living space, getting rid of furniture should be considered. After all, less weight means lower moving expenses! Beyond furniture, you may also want to consider how you are moving smaller heavy items.

Here are a few money-saving ideas in this department:

Furniture: Is that piece of IKEA furniture really worth moving to a new state? What about that dresser that has a broken drawer? For cheap furniture and long-distance moves, it can actually be less expensive to sell or toss your cheap furniture and re-buy new pieces once you get to your destination.

Books: If your long-distance move is getting billed by weight—which many are—consider shipping small and heavy items to your new address through USPS or other similar shipping services. Often they will offer you a flat rate that will end up being cheaper than what you would have paid to pile them into the moving truck.

5) Clear Clutter

Don’t forget that the small stuff adds up too! Decluttering is always a great way to make your move cheaper and limit moving expenses. Not to mention, it can also make the moving process quicker and help your home sell faster. Plus,  decluttering has some great health benefits.

Here is how to dive in:

  1. Pick one room to tackle at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed.
  2. Go through everything, including things you have squirreled in the back of closets and drawers.
  3. When you come across something you are unsure of, ask yourself if you have used it in the past two years.
  4. If the answer to step 3 is no and you don’t need it, donate, toss, or sell.

If you find you have enough items, consider hosting a quick yardsale—that little bit of extra cash can help finance your move. Don’t have time for a yardsale? Use online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook to sell bigger ticket items or even consider making bundles with smaller items.

Moving is expensive, but there are lots of ways to save along the way. With a little bit of planning and elbow grease, you can successfully move to your new home, while also keeping money in your pocket!

Are you looking to keep your moving expenses low? Have more ideas? Tell us in the comments below!!


AUTHOR LaTia Longuemire

My name is LaTia Longuemire. I enjoy writing, singing, and cooking in my spare time. My passion is helping others. At this stage in my lifetime, I'm primarily focused on my children. They are everything that keeps my world spinning.

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