How To Make Your Move More Affordable

Posted on: 10 October 2017

One concern you may have when moving is how to make the whole process more affordable. After all, you're just moving your belongings from one place to another, so it is understandable to want to keep costs low. These tips will help keep your moving and packing services affordable.

Get Quality Moving Materials

While getting some actual moving boxes may seem counterintuitive to saving money, it can help you is more ways than you think. For starters, moving boxes are designed specifically for moving. They are sturdy, can take abuse, and can easily be stacked on top of each other like Tetris pieces in the back of a moving truck.

You can try to be cheap by using what you have on hand for packing, but you'll find that you won't be able to pack nearly as efficiently as you would with real moving boxes. You don't need to buy them at full price either, since many people post ads to sell their used boxes after they are finished with them. You could even sell your boxes as well to make back some of the cost.

However, moving boxes will keep your belongings safe. Your items will not be as likely to break in transit, which can save you money by not needing to replace broken items when you have moved in.

Keep Your Movers' Hours to a Minimum

Moving companies charge by the hour, so many sure you get the correct sized truck to avoid extra hours on a move. Your goal should be to fit everything into your moving truck so you only need to make a single trip. Pick a truck that is too small, and you easily just wasted a couple hours of time heading back to your old place to get the few things that didn't fit.

Another tip for cutting back on labor hours is to have everything ready to go when the movers arrive. Boxes should be taped shut and stacked by the door, and furniture should be disassembled. You would be surprised at how often movers are left waiting for people to finish packing their stuff so that it can be loaded into the truck.

It may also help to pitch in and move the boxes out to the truck. Ask your movers if this is okay before you do it, because they may have a system in place that you will only slow down by helping.