Saving Money on Your Move

For most people, moving can be an overwhelming experience - and even more so when your budget is tight. Getting all your belongings from point A to point B without breaking the bank is possible; it just takes a little know-how. To save money on your upcoming move, check out the following tips and tricks.

Don't assume that moving yourself is cheaper

Many people believe that hiring movers will cost more than a DIY move, but this isn't necessarily the case. It's common for people to realize after they've hired a truck and done most of the sweaty work themselves that they've spent more than if they had just hired movers in the first place. For one thing, if you move your stuff on your own, you're the only one responsible when you break that antique mirror or lose the box that contained your grandmother's brooch. Also, moving expenses can add up when you consider the cost of gas to move a long way, especially if you get stuck in rush-hour traffic. Some movers charge less during the offseason; do your research before assuming you'll save money by skipping the movers.

Don't pay for boxes

Moving companies, shipping stores, and other businesses often charge an arm and a leg for high-quality moving boxes. However, this is an entirely avoidable expense. There are many ways to get free boxes, so ask around. You may find some at work, in your neighbor's garage, on Craigslist, at your local liquor store, or even out behind mid-size retail stores.

Ditch some of your stuff

The less you take with you; the easier and cheaper your move will be. Consider selling or donating some of your things to not only earn a little cash but also eliminate extra weight from your move. If you're like most people, you have more stuff than you need (or even want), so pare down before packing. Also, be sure to check your new home's measurements - you might not be able to bring all your furniture even if you want to, so don't waste money moving it.

Choose your utility shut-down dates carefully

Make sure your utility companies are willing to prorate your bill - not all of them are. If your moving date doesn't line up with your billing cycle, you may consider cutting your service off early if possible to avoid paying for a whole extra month. Especially for non-essential services such as cable, going without for a week or two may be preferable to paying for services you don't use.

Save money on wrapping - maybe

One popular piece of money-saving moving advice is to wrap your breakable items in your clothing, towels, and linens. This strategy will certainly save you the expense of bubble wrap but be prepared for the consequence: multiple loads of laundry at your new place. Washing all the cloth items you used to protect your delicates will take up a significant amount of time, plus it costs money to run your washer and dryer. Weigh one against the other and decide if this tip is worth it for you or not.Moving is almost never easy or free, but with these tips, you can save as much money as possible and keep your stress to a minimum.

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