Save on moving costs
- Reduce your load. Get rid of stuff you don’t need. Hold a garage sale, leave books with friends, the local library or sell them to a used bookstore. Anything you can’t sell, give to a local charity. Getting rid of rarely used items “is good advice whether you are using a full-service mover or whether you’re moving yourself
- You can even earn a few dollars by selling used items or donating them to charity and earning a tax deduction
- The sooner you book your mover, the less likely you are to be charged a higher rate. If you’re moving last minute and have to book movers within a couple of weeks of moving, chances are they may charge you more money simply for the inconvenience of slotting in your move. This isn’t always the case, but my golden rule is always book early if you can.
- Be flexible on the time that the movers pick up your stuff and when they deliver it.
- Save money by scheduling your move between the 6th and 21st of the month when rates tend to be lowest.
- You can save a lot of money if you pack your own belongings, but make sure that you pack them well so they do not get damaged in transit.
- Get free boxes from local businesses, especially liquor stores, drugstores, grocery stores and offices. All you have to do is ask.
- I always recommend that consumers get three bids and compare them based on price, services and gut.
- If you are moving an entire household, a moving representative should come to your house to survey your belongings so that he can give you an accurate, written, binding estimate.
- Moving companies offer varying services and will charge for each service. Ask about possible charges that could arise during your move and the fees attached to these services. Services may include accessorial charges, expedited service charge, flight charge, long-haul charges, long carry charges and shuttle service. They can usually all be avoided or at least calculated into the cost if you plan in advance. There should never be any, or very little, surprise in the total cost of your move.
Make sure you’re ready to move. Moving companies may charge extra if they have to help pack last minute items. Pack it yourself and have everything ready to go. If you have furniture that needs to be disassembled, ask the moving company when they provide the estimate if this service is included.