According to Moving.com, the average cost of a local move is $1,250 and a long-distance move more than triples at $4,500. These averages are based on moving a two-three bedroom home. Those are big numbers that can really impact your budget and spending throughout the year.
But moving doesn’t have to break the bank. I’d like to show you 6 simple ways that you can cut the costs of your next move.
1. Do It Yourself (DIY)
Gather a group of your closest friends, make a special moving playlist, and supply them with thank-you pizza and you will be good to go. When you DIY a move, you will save hundreds if not thousands on avoiding professional movers.
This does mean that you have to be highly organized the day-of and able to carry your heavy possessions. Having a plan is the best way to execute a moving adventure and will help you, your family, and your friends get through it in one piece.
If you decide you want to do it yourself, it is important to still take into account the costs you will incur:
- Moving truck
- Unless a friend has a large pickup truck, you will really want to rent a moving truck to fit all of your belongings. When you do the moving yourself, quite often renting the truck is your biggest expense. You’ll have to take into account the size you need along with the number of miles you are traveling. Some companies can rent you a truck for as little as $20 per day depending on the scope of your move.
- Furniture dolly
- I couldn’t have survived my last move without the help of a furniture dolly. It will help you load the big items and stack multiple boxes at once, saving you extra trips to and from the truck. One dolly will cost about $20 to rent for the day.
- Furniture pads
- You may need furniture pads to cover any mirrors, tables, or other fragile items. If you need to use these, you should expect to pay about $10 to rent for the day.
Depending on how far you are moving, doing it yourself could be a great option to save some money and have built-in team building skills with your family and friends.
2. Check Your Employer
If you are moving for work, some companies will give you a moving package to help cover the costs of your move. This is a great incentive because it helps you with the upfront costs and shows that your employer is serious about you coming to work for them. If your new employer doesn’t mention a moving bonus, it can’t hurt to ask. You can also move to put a moving stipend as part of your contract or sign-on package.
3. Move Off-Season
You can’t always predict when you will need to move. Sometimes you will have more flexibility than others, but it is important to note that one way to save you money is moving during the off-season, often during the fall and winter months. Peak season, spring and summer, sees a spike in rentals and movers because more people are seeking those services. When the rush slows down, prices tend to slow down with it. Keep an eye on your timeline when you plan a move because waiting a couple of months could make a huge difference.
4. Purge Away
If you hire professional movers, one of the ways that they can charge you is by how much your belongings weigh. The more they weigh, the more you will pay. Think about moving as a great time to consolidate your belongings and purge yourself of the things you don’t need anymore.
Once you have done that, you can donate them to a local charity and help give them a new life with someone who really needs them. Moving and charitable donations go hand in hand, and by contributing you are making a big difference in someone else’s life.
5. Buy Your Own Supplies
Some moving companies and even rental trucks will try and sell you boxes, tape, and other moving accessories but if possible, don’t buy those. They will have a big markup and you probably won’t use everything.
If you need boxes, ask around at work; odds are that someone has some extra boxes stuffed in their attic or start saving those boxes from Amazon. Seek out the help of friends and family with these supplies and you will find that you saved yourself a lot of money.
Moving takes a lot of mental and physical energy, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. I hope that some of these strategies can help you when you are planning your next move. Interested in other simple ways you can consolodate your spending? Give us a call!