While I am the stay-at-home mother of six beautiful children, my husband works in a field that requires us to move frequently. The first time we had to move, it was just the two of us, and while it seemed stressful at the time, that ended up being the "easy" move! As our family has grown, the moving process has become much more time-intensive, and I learned that if I don't create a moving "to-do" list and go through it step by step, I forget to get important things done before we move. I know there are other families of all sizes out there facing moves soon, so I thought I would make a blog to share my moving and storage tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often, especially if you are moving in the near future!
Moving long distance can be expensive, which is why you may want to look at ways you can lower your expenses. If you are looking for ways in which you can save money on your upcoming relocation, keep reading to learn of a few tips.
Downsize Your Belongings
Regardless of whether you are shipping your belongings, renting a moving truck, or hiring a professional moving company, it all boils down to the same thing—less stuff means lower costs. If you opt to rent a truck and do everything yourself, then a smaller and lighter truck will cost less. You will also save on gas! If you hire a moving company, you will save money when you have less stuff to move since the moving quote is calculated based on the weight of your stuff.
If your belongings are in good shape, you may even want to consider hosting a yard sale or posting the items on Facebook Marketplace or another app. If you aren't able to sell something, you can donate it.
Opt for a Non-Prime Moving Date
The price to rent a truck or hire a moving company will vary from one day to the next and one month to the next. Summer is peak moving season, which means that moving costs will increase significantly during this time. In addition, weekends and the beginning and last of the month are popular times to move. Therefore, if you are looking to minimize your long-distance moving costs, you will want to try to stick to a move during the middle of the week or month and sometime other than the summer. The costs will not only be cheaper, but the availability of trucks and companies is also likely to be higher.
Get Creative With Your Packing
If you are packing up your own stuff, you will want to do everything you can to get creative with your supplies. If you have any duffel bags, suitcases, or the like, you can use them to pack things in that are not very fragile. If you are in a real pinch, you can always use some garbage bags. If you do use trash bags, make sure to label them so you ensure that you don't accidentally throw them away as garbage. Recycled boxes are good as well since you can get them for free from a variety of local businesses. For padding, you can use sheets, blankets, towels, etc.
For more information or to obtain a moving quote, contact a moving company near you.