How to Pay Less for Your Next Move

Here are some tips on how to pay less for your next move:


1. Try to schedule your move Sunday through Thursday. It's true, all moving companies charge more on Friday's and Saturday's. 
2. If you can, try to avoid moving at the very end of the month. Moving companies always charge more at the end of the month because the demand is so much higher.
3. Get a quote for moving just the larger items in your home. Moving the smaller items yourself that fit into a car will save a lot of dough!
4. Make sure all of your creditors know your new address in plenty of time, even if you make online payments. Late fees can stack up.
5. Watch for new utility bills, which sometimes get lost or don’t arrive on time, which will result in a late fee or cancellation, especially if you have a post office box and the utility sends the bill to your physical address.
6. Use items you already have in the home to help you move, such as laundry baskets, towels, sheets and pillowcases, and even dresser drawers if they will fit in your car.


Boxes worth the money

Banker boxes, those uniform boxes with lids, are worth the money for the following reasons:

  • You don’t need to tape them shut.  
  • Easy to assemble
  • they stack easily, which is handy if you're forced to store some of your possessions.
  • Secure--the bottom will never fall out
  • Handles make them easy to lift and carry
  • They're a good 'medium' size
  • Easy to label

Paying someone else to move you if you’re injured or ill

If moving could jeopardize your health or wellness, it’s worth it to pay for a moving company. There’s simply no value put on preserving your health, even if it means you have to cut back on something else to pay for it.

Health reasons:

  • Back problems
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Feet, leg or knee issues

Fiscal planning

If you're moving someplace like Crown King, 27 miles of dirt road is best traversed in the fewest trips possible. Hire a mover.

If you're moving someplace like Crown King, 27 miles of dirt road is best traversed in the fewest trips possible. Hire a mover.

Moving is expensive. Depending on how far you’re moving, even the gas for a number of trips in the car can be expensive. Several dozen trips later, you may be exhausted, but if you don’t have a lot of outside help, you may have to do it that way. Other factors to take into consideration are deposits, moving supplies, incidentals such as fast food until the kitchen can be unpacked and set up, and additional furniture or appliances which may need to be purchased. In order to make the best of it, start cutting back several months before the move. Stop replenishing the pantry and try to finish off what is there and in the freezer. Cut back on buying things like multiple brands of shampoo and other products.Don’t refill the propane tank. Not only will you not have to  hassle with or pay for moving those items, but keeping a list of all the things you’re cutting back on is helpful because when you get to the new place, you won’t be cut short.

Ask friends to pitch in--with packing

Even though not everyone is cut out to be a mover, asking friends to help you pack, unpack, or simply ask you what year you bought a certain article of clothing. (Hint: if you love the item, the year won’t matter. If you aren’t that crazy about the item, you’ll rethink your strategy for hanging onto it.) You may decide to gift some things to friends or loan them out until after the move. Every bit helps.

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