Whether you’re moving out of state or just down the street, moving is often an expensive venture. However, there are at least five easy ways to save money during your big move.
There is no big secret to saving money when planning a move. When possible, planning ahead will help to save you a great chunk of money.
First, plan to move during what is considered the “off” season. Summer is the absolute peak time of moving season. Think about it – it’s the perfect time for families to move to new neighborhoods. Most parents do not wish to take their children out of school during the academic year, so, as soon as school lets out (and really up until school starts back in late summer), families use this time to move. Spring is also considered part of the peak season of moving time.
On the other hand, fall and winter are the times when moving is considered “out of season.” However, if you do not have school-aged children to consider, this is the cheapest time of the year to move. If you are considering hiring a movie company, this time of year will generally be a time when you can possibly negotiate rates. If you can plan your move, plan for this time of the year and contact North American Van Lines for the best rates.
Part of planning in advance might entail going through your belongings and organizing them by “toss, keep, or donate.” If you are using a moving company to complete your move, then being able to use a smaller van will help to save money. Some individuals actually incorporate a “sell” label to some items when moving. This might help to pay for your move! If you plan to simply rent a moving van, then you can save money by renting a smaller trailer the fewer belongings you have.
Speaking of moving trucks, some people are utilizing moving containers to transport their belongings. Many companies offer a flat rate to rent a moving container, and you can fill the container with as much of your belongings as you need to. Compare this to rental of a moving van, which is rated by the size of the vehicle (or trailer, if you have a truck to haul it). A moving container is a one size fits all product, and you can fill it or leave it as empty as your belongings require.
Another way to save money is to forgo purchasing packing supplies from the moving company and finding your own. Many stores offer heavy duty cardboard boxes for a cheap price, but keep in mind that many grocery stores will happily give you as many boxes as you need. Schools or offices might also have cardboard boxes in which reams of paper is shipped; you can ask the secretaries or managers for boxes to donate. If you are lucky enough to find sturdy moving boxes for cheap or free, then invest in a few good rolls of packing tape. You can save several cents on the dollar when obtaining your moving supplies this way.
These are just a few simple ways to save some money while moving. First, whenever possible, use advance planning to your advantage. Remember that fall and winter are considered the “off” season for moving, and, if possible, schedule your move then. Next, gather your own packing supplies, but, organize your “stuff” by creating “toss/keep/donate/sell” piles. Remember that any money you make from selling belongings that you no longer use can be put toward moving expenses. Consider renting a moving container as opposed to renting your own moving truck or trailer. Happy moving!