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8 Tips For Low-Cost Moving

The idea of moving can often be a stressful thought, especially if you think of convenience, time and cost. Generally, the cost  more than anything else is what makes moving a daunting process. However, there are some steps you can take to keep costs to a minimum. Here are 8 tips for low cost moving.

  1. Do it yourself. Yes, believe it or not, many people do choose to do the task themselves. Although professional movers can get it done quickly and efficiently, they can also make a large dip into your budget. If you have access to large trucks and some strong friends, you may consider doing your own moving.
  2. Or at least part of it. Just because you don’t want the large expense of hiring professional movers to take on all the responsibility of moving, doesn’t mean you have to do all of it yourself. You can rent a large truck from companies like U-haul or Ryder for example. You rent the truck for a fairly affordable price, pack it up yourself and drive the truck to your new location. Or pay movers just to move your large furniture.
  3. Use low-cost moving materials. Leftover newspapers can be just as effective as bubble wrap or packing peanuts, which are expensive. Getting your boxes from local supermarkets can save a substantial amount. Lastly, by wrapping breakable items in towels and bedding, you’re allowing these items to serve a purpose and decreasing the moving materials you’d need.
  4. Avoid peak times. In some situations, you may not have the choice of when to move. However, if you can pick the time of year to move, you can save a lot of money by doing it during the least busy times of the year, particularly if you’re using professional movers. Generally, the fall is the least busy time for professional movers.
  5. Plan ahead. Again, you may not always have the option of choosing the most convenient time. But, if you can plan ahead, you’ll be able to not only reserve what you need in terms of truck size, but you may even get a discount because of your early reservation. Waiting for the last minute can often result in paying for things you don’t need because it’s all that’s available.
  6. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. While many movers have fixed prices, many of them are also competitive and will be willing to negotiate if they believe you may go elsewhere for a better price.
  7. Only take what you need. You’d be surprised how many people pay to move things that they no longer need and end up tossing when they get to their new location. Whether you donate, have a garage sale, or just dispose of them, get rid of those things you no longer need.
  8. Shop around for movers. Don’t grab the first mover you see advertised just because it’s the cheapest. Check with the Better Business Bureau or ask friends and family if they’re familiar with reputable and affordable movers.
Last Updated: November 12, 2014