How to Save You Money For Moving

When selling items, there are a number of strategies that make sense. Yard sales are a great way to get rid of larger bulk items like clothing, and it is a good way to sell quality furniture and clothing.

Be smart when looking for moving boxes. As soon as you have an inkling that you might move, you should start saving every sturdy cardboard box you can get your hands on, along with packing material like old newspapers.

Unfortunately, many people don’t have a lot of time for this kind of planning. In that case, there are several places in the community to look for free moving boxes. I’ve had personal success finding cardboard boxes on Freecycle and Craigslist, as well as asking for boxes at liquor stores, bookstores and grocery stores.

Avoid hiring movers if at all possible. Moving services are incredibly expensive. Rather than simply drop thousands of dollars on a moving service, look into what it would take to move on your own. Can you ask friends to help? A few six packs of beer and pizzas while loading a rental truck or trailer (and maybe saying a few goodbyes) is far less expensive than paying someone to load and unload that truck. If your move is relatively close, perhaps you could personally move much of your stuff over a number of car loads.

A point of advice: Friends are often happy to help with moving if asked, but be sure you have clear tasks for them to accomplish when they come over so they’re not standing around awkwardly while you figure out what’s next.

If hiring movers, do as much work upfront as possible. The advice above for friends also stretches to any moving professionals you hire. The less you have completed when they arrive, the more they have to do, and the less clear the tasks, the longer it will take them. If you’re paying by the hour, that means money out of your pocket.

If you’re hiring someone to move your stuff, have everything boxed and ready to go before that person arrives. Label all the boxes on the outside, and if anything is fragile, clearly mark it. Have any large items you want transported ready to be picked up and carried out the door. Remember, you’re likely paying these guys by the hour, so when you spend an hour doing work that they’d spend an hour doing, you’re literally saving an hour’s worth of their rate. Cut their work and time down to the bare minimum.

Be smart about utility and service shutoffs. Many utilities require you to pay for a full month of service at a time, so if a service isn’t absolutely essential, cut off that servicebefore you leave rather than after so you’re not paying for it during a time when you’re not living there. That means contacting your service companies, such as your Internet service provider, cable provider, and so on, more than a month before your move-out date.