Moving is not only a stressful undertaking but an expensive one, too. First, the company you hire to move your valuables and belongings is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As with most professional services and companies, there are rogue moving companies that prey on homeowners. It’s, therefore, important that you get it right when hiring a moving company to help in relocating your personal belongings.
When it comes to moving expenses, you’ll rarely come across a company that offers incentives or coupons. Usually, it’s upon the homeowner to find ways to cut costs on their move and make it affordable. The following moving budget tips will help you save money and avoid breaking the bank.
Choose the Moving Date Wisely
Moving companies are usually in high demand from June through September which means you’re likely to pay higher prices for your move at this time. Most movers are already booked during this season. Plan your move during the fall or winter during the off-peak moving season. It’s cheaper to move at this time that during spring and summer.
Start Sorting and Parking Early
Perhaps you should seek free moving supplies before you start sorting and parking. You can find them from your friends, family, online marketplaces, or local stores. This will help you save some money. Remember moving boxes aren’t that cheap. You can use any packing materials in your house. Once you have the free boxes, you can begin sorting and parking your belongings a couple of weeks before the departure date. If there are items you haven’t been using or that don’t seem to be of any sentimental value, you might want to get rid of them. You don’t have to pay for things that are of no use. You’re not only cutting your moving costs but decluttering as well.
Get Several Estimates
Don’t settle for the first moving company you come across. Take your time and shop around, getting several moving cost estimates from various companies so you can compare and choose the best option. During your research, be sure to ask for references and check out reviews before deciding whether or not to hire the company.
If possible, Book Early
As mentioned, moving companies are usually fully booked during the peak season. No matter when you’re planning to move, the earlier you do your research and book a moving company, the better the chance you have to find the right mover. Furthermore, you’re also likely to be quoted at a better moving rate. Waiting till it’s a few days to your moving date will leave you with limited choices and you’re likely to pay higher charges.