4 Money-Saving Tips for Your Move


How can you save money on your next move? Whether you’re on a tight budget or could use the extra cash for repairs and renovations, take a look at four top money-saving moving tips to follow.

1. Move Less

There are three primary types of moving estimates. These include the binding, non-binding, and binding not-to-exceed estimates. Whichever type of moving estimate you get, the total weight of your to-move items can either raise or lower the rate. The less you move, the lower price you’re likely to pay.

Instead of paying for items you haven’t used in years or won’t use again, declutter before you get a moving estimate. Not only can a pre-move decluttering activity decrease your estimate (and the final moving costs), you may end up making money on the move. Items that are in fair, good, or like-new shape don’t need to go into a recycling bin or the trash. You can sell these prime picks at a garage sale or online.

2. Hire a Mover

This may sound like the opposite of a money-saving tip. But the price you pay for a professional moving service could save you money overall.

A DIY move has added, sometimes hidden, costs that can outweigh the price you would otherwise pay a professional contractor. These include the price of a truck or van rental (if you don’t have a vehicle large enough to move your boxes, bins, bags, and furniture), fuel-related costs, equipment rental (such as a dolly), or money you may lose if you need to take several days off from work.

To maximize your savings, make sure you aren’t paying for unnecessary services or extra costs. Get a few different estimates and compare the prices. While the lowest quote may seem like the best moving-saving option, you need to consider costs versus quality.

If the contractor doesn’t seem like a quality company, can’t verify references, or has extra costs you may have to pay after the move, you could save money overall with a higher-priced quote. Look for a quality moving company that won’t add on up-charges or surcharges for extras.

3. Reduce the Move Time

Don’t lose money on a multi-day move that could happen in one day. With adequate planning, you can create an efficient move. This streamlined process reduces the number of hours or days you need professional services and can limit the time you need to take off from work.

To reduce your total move time, prepare and pack everything before your move-out and move-in date. Label boxes and bins clearly and organize them by room. If possible, put your moving containers near your old home’s entry. This will make it easier for the movers to carry everything to the truck and save time during the transportation process.

4. Use Free Packing Materials

Now that you know more about how to save money on the overall costs of a move and the transportation (or moving company) fees, it’s time to turn your attention to the packing process. Skip pricey bins, bubble wrap, and styrofoam peanuts. Swap these store-bought packing materials for upcycled options that pull double duty.

Instead of plastic bins, use containers you already have. This is one of the easiest ways to save money on the costs related to the move and the packing costs. Your child’s toy box, a chest of drawers, and luggage are ideal packing options. Put clothing, books, wrapped knick-knacks, or kitchen items into these upcycled containers.

Wrap delicate or breakable items in dish towels, fill empty spaces in boxes and containers with clean rolled socks, or use casual clothing as padding.

Do you need help with your move? Contact Dixie Moving & Storage Inc. for more information.