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10 Easy Ways to Cut Moving Costs

10 Easy Ways to Cut Moving Costs

Looking to save money on your next move? Here are several easy ways to cut costs when moving to a new home.

  1. Get rid of your excess belongings – The easiest way to save money on a move is to simply get rid of unnecessary household items. Start the pre-move purging process early by cleaning out your closet. Then come up with a room-by-room decluttering plan. Donate unnecessary furniture, clothing and knick knacks. If you’re looking to sell items, try consigning them, hosting a garage sale or listing them on an online marketplace such as Craigslist. For more advice on how to get rid of your belongings, check out our step-by-step guide to the pre-move purge.
  2. Rent a moving truck – Thinking of taking on a DIY move? You could save thousands of dollars by renting a truck and moving yourself. If moving a large household, consider renting the 26 ft. truck rental option from a reputable truck rental company. These large trucks are capable of holding four-plus bedrooms. To find a large moving truck that best fits your budget and needs, check out Moving.com’s truck rental center. Our truck rental center provides discounts on various truck rental companies in your area, as well as more information on the truck rental process.
  3. Enlist friends and family to help – Unless you’re prepared to pay for professional movers or labor assistance, try asking friends and family for their help. Make sure to give them plenty of notice when asking for their assistance with a move. Also, be sure that those people are more than capable of lifting heavy boxes and appliances.
  4. Find free moving boxes and supplies – A simple way to slash moving costs is to seek out free moving boxes and supplies from local liquor stores, large chain stores, grocery stores, recycling drop-off points, office buildings and schools. You may also be able to find free supplies on Craigslist, Freecycle, U-Haul Box Exchange, Nextdoor.com and local Facebook groups. In addition, you can save money on various supplies by visiting Moving.com’s online box center. We’ve partnered with UBoxes.com and UsedCardboardBoxes.com to help you purchase any necessary moving boxes and supplies at the best prices possible. Tip: Before ordering the boxes, figure out exactly how many you’re going to need for the move by using our Packing Calculator.
  5. Rent a portable moving container – Renting a portable moving container is another great alternative to hiring full-service movers. The cost of renting a portable moving container depends on the length of time needed and the size of the container. To move with a container all you have to do is load it up, and the container company will do the rest. Popular moving container companies include: PODS, ABF’s U-Pack ReloCubes, United Mayflower’s container, Door-to-Door storage containers, U-Haul’s U-Boxes, and 1-800-PACK-RAT. To find a moving container that fits your budget and needs, check out Moving.com’s Get Free Quotes Now tool.
  6. Look into moving discounts – Those with a AAA membership may be eligible to receive special moving and storage discounts. For example, Atlas Van Lines offers free Full Value Protection to AAA members moving to a new state. In addition, members of the military may be eligible to receive discounts on moving companies, truck rentals and more. For a look at AAA deals on moving services, check here. To find both local and long distance moving companies that offer military discounts, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers.
  7. Pack yourself – This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how much money you can save by packing yourself. While many professional movers offer some sort of packing assistance, the service doesn’t come cheap. Packing rates vary from moving company to moving company but are sure to cost at least several hundred dollars. To save money on packing, I recommend packing yourself or enlisting friends and family to help out.
  8. Choose a less expensive move date – When you move can make a big difference in the overall cost of your relocation. In general, it’s best to opt for a mid-month, mid-week move. This is typically when demand for moving companies is lowest and therefore, costs are lower as well. While moving on a weekend may be more convenient, keep in mind that there are a limited number of weekends in a year, and most customers will be vying for one of those dates. Those who have the flexibility to miss a day of work to move during the week should do so. Also, keep in mind that more people move during the summer. In fact, roughly 70 percent of moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So, if possible, avoid moving during this peak moving season. Instead, opt for a late fall to winter move to save on costs.
  9. Obtain quotes from multiple movers – Before hiring a moving company, be sure to shop around for the best price. We recommend obtaining quotes from at least three moving companies. The mover should conduct either an in-person inspection or a video survey of your belongings before giving you a quote. Don’t trust quotes you receive over the internet. For the most accurate quote possible, make sure that the mover is aware of any specialty items that require extra care. To hire a reliable and reputable mover, choose from Moving.com’s large network of licensed and insured professional moving companies.
  10. Find out if your moving expenses are tax-deductible – Save those receipts! If you donated items to charities before the move, you should be able to deduct these donations from your taxes. In addition, those moving for work may be able to deduct their moving expenses come tax season. To find out more, read TurboTax’s guide to handling moving expenses here.

MOVING TIPS

MOVING TIPS

We’ve spent more than 30 years collecting moving tips that will help you save money and create a stress-free transition. As the largest franchised moving company in the United States, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is lucky to have experts spread all across the country. And who better to ask for moving tips than the men and women who help move customers forward every single day?

We’ve carefully compiled these tips from our top movers across the country. If you’re preparing to move, we hope these bits of wisdom will come in handy!

KEEPING YOUR MOVE ON SCHEDULE

  1. Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.
  2. Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day. When you call, be sure to ask movers if they are insured, and ask for a copy of the policy. Also, ask what kind of equipment is supplied. William “Bill” Baareman, General Manager, Bentonville, AR
  3. Submit your change of address frm about a week before your move date.
  4. Schedule disconnect times for cable, phone, and utilities about a week before your move day, and then make sure utilities in your new home will be turned on by the time you move in.
  5. Cancel newspapers, cable, pest control, cleaning help, and lawn services about a week before you move.
  6. Wait to pack your cleaning supplies (broom, dust cloth, mop, etc.) until you’ve done your last cleanup—especially if you have a security deposit. Don’t forget to clean your stove and defrost the fridge!
  7. Start packing early, and read our tips on how to get packed up before the big move!

EASY-TO-FORGET MOVING REMINDERS

  1. Don’t leave the hardware to your furniture at your old place. When you take something apart, put all the little parts and screws in a bag. Then tape the bag to the piece, so you won’t have to track down the parts. Doug Hartman, Operations Manager, Akron, OH
  2. Before moving large appliances, check your owner’s manual for special instructions. Items like washers and dryers often need special handling.
  3. Don’t forget to take art off your walls, disconnect electronics, or pack the items in your yard. Terry Little, General Manager, Mooresville, NC
  4. Dispose of any items that moving companies are not allowed to transport by law. These items include gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition, and explosives.
  5. Have an essentials grab bag. Have your toothbrush, chargers, basically the essentials you might need for the next 72 hours. It’s not an emergency situation, but if you treat it as if it were one, it makes the whole move a lot easier. Justin Broberg, Assistant Operations Manager, Sacramento, CA

HOW TO ENSURE A SMOOTH MOVE DAY

  1. Make your kids feel important by giving them a job to do. Have them do little, meaningful tasks that help them stay out of the way. Justin Broberg, Assistant Operations Manager, Sacramento, CA
  2. Have enough snacks and cash on hand to get you through the day.
  3. Use felt pads to protect your wood or tile floors and prevent scratches. Douglas Mitchelly, Operations Manager, Melbourne, FL

PACKING TIPS

PACKING TIPS

Packing can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve been in your home for a long time. Putting your belongings into boxes is both an emotionally taxing and physically difficult task. With the right tools, though, you can make it easier. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re committed to making your moving experience as stress-free as possible—and that commitment begins before you even pack your first box.

Our team members have been gathering advice since we packed our first box several decades ago. Check out our tips, then get those boxes packed!

GET ORGANIZED AND START PACKING EARLY

  1. The best way to make sure you have gotten everything is to open up all of the doors and crack open all of the drawers. Once you have packed up all the items in that area, make sure you close it to signal that it has been completely packed.
  2. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
  3. Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack (you can leave your clothes on their hangers!). Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.
  4. You can never use enough packing paper to ensure items stay protected.
  5. Always stack dishes upwards when packing, and avoid breakage by using custom-designed boxes. It’s also a good idea to avoid wrapping china in newsprint; the ink can stain your dishes.
  6. Save time for the kitchen. It takes the longest to pack up because you have to make sure everything is individually wrapped.

PREP YOUR BELONGINGS FOR A SMOOTH MOVE-IN

  1. couple packing belongings in a two men and a truck moving box

    Try to pack all electronic equipment, like TVs and stereos, in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap to protect these items.

  2. Place any items you wish to take with you off to the side and inform all crew members to not pack them. These items could include things such as cable boxes, medication, or any other personal items you may want to be readily accessible once you are in your new home.
  3. Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible—children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.
  4. Make sure you label your boxes for where you want them to go and not where they came from. For example, if something came from your basement, but you want it to go in the playroom, make sure you label “playroom” on the box so it ends up in the correct space from the get-go.
  5. Don’t pack with used boxes or boxes from the supermarket. You never know what little critter is hiding or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
  6. Most animal kennels break down. They’re much easier to transport if they’ve been taken apart.
  7. Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
  8. Never tip stand mixers on their side when packing into boxes. The lubricating oil inside the mixer will pour out of it.
  9. Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.

LAST MINUTE PACKING

  1. Ask your movers to load anything you might need right away in your new home toward the end of the truck, so that it is the first thing unloaded.
  2. Place items that you are taking with (cable boxes, medication, or any other personal items) you off to the side, and inform all crew members not to pack them.
  3. As you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
  4. Have a wardrobe box available the morning of the move. The last things you’ll pack will be the bed linens, comforters, and pillows you sleep with. Put these items in the wardrobe box, so they’ll be easy to find when you’re ready to collapse after a day of moving.