Unless you’re a devout minimalist, moving to a new home can be exhausting and stress-inducing. It can be riddled with unexpected and chaotic twists and turns. Add to that, it can also be expensive. In fact, the American Moving and Storage Association revealed that the average cost of intrastate move is $2,300 while an interstate moving costs about $4,300.
How do you move all your possessions from your current home to your new place without spending a tone of money? Here are 4 ways to save money when you’re moving house.
Book moving services early
Book your moving services early. If possible, start your search as soon as you determine your moving date. This is important as it gives you more opportunity to find a moving company that will be able to cater to your needs and suits your budget. Also, moving companies get very busy. If you book a moving company at the last minutes, they are likely to charge more.
If you want to reduce your moving cost, we suggest that you plan moving house on a weekday. Moving companies charge more on weekends and holidays.
There are a lot of moving companies out there. So before you hire one, we highly recommend that you get quotes from 3 to 5 companies. This way, you can compare their services and prices and get the best deal possible.
Do not base your decision on the price alone. You need to take into consideration the services they offer, so you can decide which company is the best fit for you and your budget.
Purge your possessions
Most moving companies would charge by weight and distance. That means, the overall weight of your shipment determines how much you’ll pay in the end.
Pack only the things you’ll use in the future. We recommend that you go over your stuff and get rid of those you do not wish to take with you. You can sell your unwanted items, give them to your family and friends or donate them.
If you have a lot of stuff, chances are you’ll need a lot of boxes. Packaging materials like boxes and packaging tape are quite cheap, but the cost can add up. Start collecting boxes at least a month before your moving date. You can pick up boxes from local stores such as grocery stores or liquor stores. Most of these boxes are in good condition. The best part is, they’re free.