5 Tips for Saving Money on Moving Costs

by Miranda Marquit · 0 comments

Once again, I am moving across the country. It’s been less than a year since my last cross-country move, and this isn’t my idea of a good time, but here we are. The good news is that many of the lessons I’ve learned in past moves are still fresh in my mind. Not only that, but I’ve got some good advice from consumer expert Andrea Woroch. As I pack up my belongings (and leave some behind), I’m considering ways I can spend less on this move. Here are 5 tips that Woroch has for saving money on moving costs:

1. Haggle

The first rule of saving money on anything is comparison shopping. This works in the world of moving as well as anyplace else. “Call around to gather quotes from moving companies and haggle for the best deal,” says Woroch. “Make sure to give the company a precise estimate of boxings and furniture you are planning to move.”

Woroch points out that if you end up moving more than you mentioned in your estimate, you will be charged. Many moving companies will send someone out to look at your belongings and estimate a move price. You can use this guide when approaching other companies.

Next, make sure that you haggle prices. I recently called a moving company and haggled them down on price. The result is a savings of more than $2,000 total on my move.

2. Use Coupons

Even when it’s time to move, you can use coupons. If you plan to rent a moving truck and drive it yourself, look for coupons and promo codes. You can also ask about referrals. I decided to use a “pack it yourself” service with storage containers this time. However, with a referral from the company, I can save 25% off when hiring professional packers.

3. Hire Packers and Other Helpers

The hybrid move is growing in popularity. This type of move involves you renting a moving truck and preparing to drive it, but paying for professionals to help you pack. Woroch says that companies like Hire A Helper can provide you with affordable packing help. You can haggle and use coupons when hiring these helpers as well. It’s a nice way to get the convenience of professional movers, without having to pay the costs.

4. Choose the Right Time

My moving company is dropping off the storage containers on a Tuesday and picking them up on a Wednesday. This mid-week move means a lower rate than a move that would take place over the weekend. “If possible, schedule your move for the beginning or middle of the month to find cheaper truck rental rates as well as savings on professional services,” says Woroch. Ask for different rate quotes based on different days.

5. Packing Supplies

We still had a number of boxes from last year’s move, so packing supplies aren’t a problem for me. Woroch suggests asking neighbors for boxes. You can also visit stores for their discarded boxes. When buying bubble wrap and packing tape, use store brands instead of name brands. You’ll save money and still get the job done.

Planning and preparation, plus a little creative thinking, can help you save money on your next move.

Bonus Tip:

Another way to save on your monthly Internet and TV costs is to find a current ATT U-Verse coupon code or at least a promotion to knock down your home service bill.

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