10 Ways to Save on Your Moving Expenses

10 Ways to Save on Your Moving Expenses

Moving can be a stressful and expensive experience. Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, the costs of getting everything you own packed up and transported to your new location can add up quickly. The following are some easy tips to help save on moving expenses and make the entire process a little less draining.

  1. Do it yourself
    The number one major moving cost lies in hiring professional movers, and if you can get around that you will save yourself quite a chunk of change. It won’t be easy, and you may have to recruit friends and borrow or rent a truck, but keeping professional movers out of the mix will keep costs at a minimum. Truck rentals can be somewhat pricey, but compared to the cost of hiring professional movers, you’ll still be saving.

  2. Keep trips to a minimum
    Eagle STS Moving advises to borrow or rent a truck that’s big enough to get all of your stuff to the new location in just one or two trips. This is particularly important if you’re moving a long distance. The gas mileage cost of several trips back and forth will far outweigh whatever savings you might have accumulated by renting a smaller truck.

  3. Get your employer involved
    If you’re moving for a job – for example, if you’ve gotten a new position in a new city or you’ve been relocated – talk to your employer about helping to cover your moving costs. Chances are you’ll have to pay taxes on whatever the employer pays into your move, but it’ll cut down on the cash required in the meantime.

  4. Write it off
    Conversely, your moving expenses are tax-deductible if you are paying your own expenses and moving for a job-related reason. Expenses that can be counted include packing and moving costs and storage for up to 30 days. Save all receipts to make your life easier when April rolls around.

  5. Be smart while using the pros
    If you are planning to hire one of the residential moving companies, try to cut down on costs wherever possible. For example, some moving companies will expect to come to your house and pack up your things and unplug your appliances. Doing these jobs yourself can cut down on the cost immensely. Make sure to let the company know exactly what you do and don’t need them to do when asking for an estimate.

  6. Use what you can find
    While doing your packing, don’t spend your money on expensive boxes from a supply store or bubble wrap. Visit local grocery stores for empty boxes, and use newspapers and bath towels to cushion expensive items. There’s no need for brand new packing materials as long as you wrap everything safely.

  7. Consider using the mail
    If you’re moving a long distance and you can’t rent or borrow a truck, consider using UPS to help get your belongings to your new location. Mailing things to your new address, depending on what they are and how much they cost to mail, can be cheaper than driving all the way back across the country to pick them up and make an extra trip.

  8. Don’t pack the junk
    You can save big bucks on moving if you go through your belongings before you begin to pack. Hold a yard sale or donate unwanted clothing and furniture to the Goodwill before you move. This will save on packing material and trips back and forth. If you hire a moving company, they’ll charge based on the amount of stuff you have, so the more you can get rid of the better off you’ll be.

  9. Choose an off-season
    Most people move between May and September. If possible, move during the off-season when everything from professional movers to rental trucks to gasoline will be at a cheaper rate. Movers tend to be eager for business during the winter months, so don’t be shy about asking for a deal.

  10. Comparison shop
    Whether you’re hiring pros or looking to rent a truck, get estimates from at least three different companies. You’ll find that rates will vary widely from company to company. Make sure you’re not just getting the lowest price, but you’re also finding the company that will work best for you, with reputable movers and good equipment. Finding the right movers or the right rental truck will save you lots of money and hassle in the long run.

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