6 Money-Saving Tips for Your Next Move

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments by

The stress of planning a move can be overwhelming, which can lead to making decisions that are less than budget-friendly. But there are ways to stay financially on track. Here are six money saving strategies you can take that will keep more cash in your pocket.


1.) Moving has peak times, so try moving during an off-peak one. Steer clear of weekend and end-of-month moves. Moving in the middle of the week can save you a bundle.


2.) Don’t give into the temptation of buying bubble wrap to protect your fragile items. Take a DIY approach by wrapping them in towels and clothes. People are often wary of doing this because they think their items won’t be covered by the mover. They are correct—but if you wrap your belongings well, this shouldn’t be an issue.


3.) Not everything requires a moving van. If your new home is within walking distance of your old home, you can pack clothes in luggage and wheel them to your new place. If that won’t work, you can also ship clothes, books, and DVDs through the post office. This could save you hundreds of dollars.


4.) Boxes are a must for any move, but buying boxes is not. Instead of shelling out bucks for cardboard storage, consider contacting a recycling center, restaurant, or grocer. Depending on the provider, you may have to spring a few dollars for them, but not nearly as much as you would by purchasing new boxes.


5.) Be proactive with your planning. Being organized will keep you focused on what you need to accomplish. This will ensure you stay on budget and on schedule.


6.) Finally, perhaps the single best way to save money is by hiring a good mover. Many crooked moving companies are looking to chisel homeowners out of more money once they’re on the job, so make sure you ask for recommendations and do the research to find a reliable one.


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