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How To Cut Costs On Moving

Are you moving any time soon? If so, you likely know that moving is not an easy task. It’s often not cheap, either. If you’re looking to ease the stress and cost of moving, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

Be thrifty about moving supplies

Chances are, you’re going to need a lot of boxes for your move. Instead of paying for boxes, try visiting1 your local grocery stores, online community groups and schools for unwanted containers. You can also ask your friends, employer and family members if they have any extra boxes laying around. Another way to cut packing costs is to use towels and clothing to protect delicate items rather than buying packing paper.

Search around for a moving company

If you need a little extra man-power for your move, be sure to do your research before you book a moving company. Get quotes from a couple of different companies to help you find the best fit and deal.2 It’s also a good idea to read reviews before you make your final choice, too.

Try to avoid peak moving times

Some times of the year and week are busier and more expensive than others. The summer months are often peak moving times,3 as well as weekends. If you happen to live near a college or university, the beginning and end of school years are also going to make moving a little more difficult, and expensive. Try to be flexible with your move if you can. If you have the opportunity to move during off seasons or during the week, you could have a better chance at getting a reasonable deal with moving companies.

Do it yourself

If you have the ability, you can save a bunch of money by doing it all yourself. Pack up all your belongings and transport them to your new place without a professional moving crew. You could rent a van, take a couple of trips or ask friends and family to help out.

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1White, Marian. (2017, May 10). Retrieved from: https://www.moving.com/tips/9-easy-ways-to-cut-costs-on-your-next-move/

2Allen, Samantha and Biermeier, Deane. (2023, May 9). Retrieved from: https://www.forbes.com/home-improvement/moving-services/best-cheap-moving-companies/

3Martin, Allison. (2020, Jul 28). Retrieved from: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/save-money/25-simple-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-moving/?amp