Moving can be expensive, but with a little extra effort and the right attitude you can actually save a lot. You’d be surprised how much you can save by following a few simple steps. Of course your moving costs will be greatly determined by how far you’re moving and the size of the move, but with these factors held constant,
Schedule Your Move Far in Advance
While it isn’t always possible, the further in advance you can plan your move the better! Not only will you get a much better estimate than a last minute move, but you’re going to be much more organized and have a better idea of what needs to be done. With more time to prepare, you can start to employ some of the other money saving strategies we’ve put together.
Don’t Move Things You Don’t Want
Moving is a great opportunity to purge some of the extra belongings that sit around and collect dust. If you can, plan out as much as possible of what will go where in your new living space, so you can start to envision what you really want. We all accumulate things we don’t need over the years, and if it’s been a few since your last move, it’s a good idea to take a second look and give, sell or donate the things you don’t want. This goes double for big furniture that is difficult and expensive to move.
Calculate Your Entire Budget
Lay out all of your moving expenses on a spreadsheet. This will include your transportation, material costs, storage if you’re using it, and any other relocation expenses.
Get Moving Supplies Cheap
Need boxes? Visit your local grocery, package or big box store- chances are they are throwing away a whole load of sturdy cardboard boxes from their last shipment. These stores go through so much cardboard waste every year, most will appreciate you taking it off their hands. It’s also better for the environment to re-use these boxes rather than buying new ones. Help the environment and your wallet at the same time!
Hire An Affordable Moving Company
Different moving companies will give you different rates, it’s not a bad idea to shop around and get a few quotes before committing to anything. MacDonald Movers is proud to offer affordable moving services to Massachusetts, New England and beyond. Get a free estimate on our website here or give us a call at 800-225-0394.