7 Clever Tips for Moving on a Budget

February 3, 2021

Let’s face it: moving’s expensive.

Whether you’re planning a local move or relocating across the country, you’re likely to incur several moving fees. These fees will range based on the season you choose, the number of boxes you pack, and how well you prepare in advance.

The key is to move smart. A smart, strategic move will save you time, money, and unnecessary stress.

In this article, we’ll discuss seven clever tips for moving on a budget to your new home.

1. Research Moving Company Fees

The first step is to contact your local moving companies. Start by requesting non-binding moving estimates. That way, you’ll have an idea of what different companies will charge before you make a commitment.

After you’ve narrowed down your options, you’ll want to request fixed prices. While doing so, it’s important to confirm any extra fees. Once you’ve asked these important questions, you’ll be ready to select a moving company that falls within your budget.

2. Move During the Off-Season

If your moving date is flexible, consider moving during the winter, which is the off-season. The cheapest month is January since January’s one of the chilliest months. Once spring arrives, prices will climb back up as the temperatures rise.

3. Donate or Sell Unnecessary Belongings

Decluttering your house with unnecessary items will save you money for the big move. Start by assessing which items you no longer use or need. Then, break those items down into two buckets:

Items to Sell

Host a garage sale to sell the items you don’t need. You can also list your belongings on online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Craigslist.

Items to Donate

If you’d prefer to donate items, check out clothing drives, food pantries, charities, and other relief shelters in your area. You can research other donation centers online to find the best fit.

4. Pack Beforehand

Packing services can add a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars to your price. Save money moving by packing before the movers arrive. If packing seems overwhelming, pack a little at a time, a few weeks before the move.

5. Pack Strategically

Another tip for moving on a budget is to pack strategically. Use fewer boxes by placing smaller items into larger items. You can also save money by reusing existing boxes in your house or purchasing lightly recycled moving boxes.

6. Disassemble Furniture Yourself

If you have the right tools, disassembling furniture ahead of time will save you from extra moving fees. Furniture includes tables and bed frames. Modular-style sofas need disassembling as well. 

7. Purchase Moving Insurance

A cross country move poses more risks of damaged belongings. Although purchasing moving insurance may seem counterintuitive, it’s worth it to protect valuable items from unforeseen losses or damages.

Practice Moving on a Budget 

Both local and long-distance moves can be financially draining if you don’t follow tips for moving on a budget. Research potential moving companies, assess the prices, and pack strategically. In the end, you’ll save yourself time, stress, and most of all, money.

Here at Sterling Interstate, our trained team will pack, load, and transport your belongings both in the Phoenix area and long-distance. Request a quote for your next move, free of charge. We look forward to servicing you.

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