Moving is an exhausting and pretty much inevitable process. It can be expensive too. According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average in-state move can cost as much as $1,170, while moving to another state can boost expenses up to $5,630. Luckily, there are enough experts out there who have shared their wisdom on moving to make the experience a little less painful and costly. Here are five of the best money (and sanity)-saving moving tips:
1. Find free box alternatives
Boxes can cost around $1 to $2 each, which can easily add up depending on how many you’ll need. Luckily, there are other, less expensive options to choose from. One great way to both save money on boxes and consolidate your belongings is to use your own containers, like baskets, laundry bins, hampers and suitcases. Some liquor stores will also let you take their empty boxes for free. As a plus, these boxes have handles that make carting them around a lot easier.
If you can’t take advantage of either of these moving hacks, never fear. You can use free or discounted box services like Boxcycle, that can sell used boxes for as little as 15 cents, or Freecycle, where you could possibly find a recent mover looking to get rid of their boxes. Rent-A-Green Box allows you to rent a plastic box with a lid that’s “half the cost of buying cardboard boxes” according to its founder Spencer Brown, and they’re friendlier to the environment.
2. Pare down your belongings
The less items you have to get to your new house, the less excruciating your move will be, so it’s always good to go through your stuff and decide what’s actually worth keeping. However, instead of just throwing your unwanted things away, you should host a yard sale, post some listings on eBay or Craigslist or visit your local Salvation Army to either sell your items or gain a tax deductible donation out of it. Not to mention, you can see significant savings on moving costs if you have less to move.
Sometimes using a moving company makes more sense for your needs, but doing it yourself with the help of friends and family can save you a lot of money.
3. Do it yourself, with friends
The simplest way to save money on moving is by doing as much of it yourself. For some people, it makes more sense to hire a moving company, especially if you have expensive objects that could be easily broken in the wrong hands. For others, though, a lot of your moving can be done yourself and with the help of some kind friends and family.
If you are going to enlist the help of friends and family, though, be sure to follow the etiquette. Have everything packed before they get to your house, and be sure to reward them for their work. Buying a round or providing snacks and dinner is great, and you can also offer them first dibs on any items you’re planning on getting rid of. Moving this way is a little more work, but if you’re on a tight budget, it’s the right way to go.
4. Move in the winter
Because fewer people move in the winter, you’re more likely to get a better deal on moving services
While you can’t always dictate when you’ll be moving, if you can do it in the winter, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. Because fewer people move in this season, you’re more likely to get a better deal on moving services. Sometimes it takes a little negotiating, Lior Rachmany, the CEO of New York’s Dumbo Moving + Storage told Realtor.com. Be sure to mention that you know it’s a slow season and that prices should be lower.
5. Plan out your grocery shopping
One of the most common ways people lose money on their move is by wasting food. It’s best to make your last grocery shopping trip at least two weeks before your move to minimize how much you’ll have to throw away. This also helps if you have to move your fridge, because you should defrost it at least a day beforehand.
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