10 Ways to Save Money When You’re Moving

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No one wants to spend a fortune to move. Let’s think about it this way; you just spent a fortune on a new house, so why would you want to spend even more transporting your belongings from point A to point B, your new house? It was expensive enough on its own to buy said house, and spending even more on it is not something anyone wants to do. Unfortunately, as exciting and amazing as moving into your new home really is, it’s also a very expensive job. It comes with plenty of hidden and unexpected costs, and it’s not cheap to get things moved to begin with. That’s why we have plenty of tips to help you save a bundle when you move. It’s going to make those hidden expenses and unexpected costs seem slightly less annoying – and only slightly because any unexpected cost is unwelcome and unappreciated at any point.

Leave the kids behind

Not forever, but just for a minute; or for the day. You will be able to accomplish a lot more if the kids are not in the way, which means that you will be able to save some money. Kids that are somewhere else won’t slow you down and cost you time or money, and they certainly will not be able to break anything in the midst of your move.

Don’t procrastinate

Packing should be done immediately. As soon as you know you are moving, start packing. This is going to force you to start getting boxes and getting organized, and that is going to save you in the long run. It’s going to prevent you from going out and buying things you need to move at the last minute because it’s too late to get them free of charge, and it’s going to be a huge lifesaver.

Ask for help

Friends and family are great sources when it comes to getting help in a move. And if you cannot find any of those willing to help, consider asking local students to do some work free of charge. They do need volunteer hours for their extracurricular activities, so get them to help you move and sign off on their hours. It’s a winning situation for all involved when you get free help and they get the kind of stuff they need for their activities.

Get plenty of quotes

If you are hiring a moving truck or a moving company, please get plenty of quotes from multiple companies. This is how you are going to ensure that you get the best possible deal so that you can save money everywhere you possibly can. It’s really simple, and it can even be taken a step further. For example, you might be able to get companies to price match other companies to help you save even more.

Write it off

Did you know that many moves are considered tax deductible? Ask your accountant whether or not any of your moving expenses are considered deductible and get cracking on that. The more time you spend writing down your expenses and keeping track of those things, the lower your tax liability. That’s a good thing, too, since it means you can get away with saving some money on your move.

Use what you have

Don’t go out and purchase things like bubble wrap. Use your towels and exercise clothes and things of that nature to help you move and pack and get things accomplished. You’re going to find that these things are free, work just as well and do what you need them to do without spending a ton of extra cash on the move that you are making. When we moved into our new house last year, we used our old towels to wrap our dishes and glasses, and we kept that theme going throughout our entire move.

Keep the necessities somewhere easily accessible

The biggest cost factor when moving is how accessible you keep the things that you need. You do not want to have to go out the night you move and buy new toothbrushes and things that you have to use to live in your house until you are unpacked. Keep these things labeled and near the top of the pile so that you can get to them right away. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself when you move.

DIY

If you can, move on your own. Do your own packing and loading and unloading. It’s far more cost-effective than hiring others to do the job for you, and it’s what’s going to make your life a bit more enjoyable. This is going to save you hundreds, if not more, since many moving companies tend to add fees anywhere they possibly can when they arrive to do the moving for you.

Get free boxes

You do not need to buy boxes to move. You can go to local stores and ask them for their empty boxes after their trucks are unloaded. You can go to the liquor store and get boxes from them; you can ask friends and family for their old boxes. Boxes are so plentiful across the world that anyone can have them for nothing, so don’t be that person that goes out and spends a ton on boxes that you could have gotten free of charge if you’d just taken the time to ask someone for them.

Sell stuff

Here’s a great way to save money when you move; sell stuff you do not want or need anymore. This will allow you to earn money from the move that can offset the cost of moving in other areas of your day. It’s the best way to earn some cash to make some money to cover things like food on moving day for all your helpers, new furniture and new décor for your new house and just about everything in between. There’s nothing wrong with not donating it if you think you can make some money.

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