Whether down the street or across the nation, moving is a daunting task. Unless you’ve transitioned to the minimalist lifestyle, moving your entire household is no easy feat.

Between the movers, packing materials, and possibly renting a van, a big move is anything but cheap. Unfortunately, a move doesn’t always come when you’ve had plenty of time to save up, and you might be wondering how you’ll accommodate the costs.

Moving doesn’t have to strain your finances, however. If you’re preparing for a move, be sure to use these six easy ways and save some money.


1. Forgo Purchasing Boxes

Everyone knows you need boxes to move. That being said, you don’t have to spend extraneous amounts by purchasing the moving company’s boxes, or even by going to a hardware or moving store. There are plenty of ways to find boxes that are absolutely free.

See if your company has any boxes they no longer need, ask friends or family that have recently moved, or check with some of your local grocery and retail stores. Most people and places are happy to give boxes they no longer have use for at no cost.


2. Declutter Beforehand

More stuff means your move will take longer, which means you’ll end up paying more as well. There’s no better time to get rid of unwanted and unused items than when you’re getting ready to move.

So, before your moving day, take time to declutter your home and stuff. Get rid of anything you no longer need or use. Then on the big day, you’ll have a lot less to pack and move.

Furthermore, if you have items that are still in good shape, consider having a pre-moving garage sell to earn a little extra cash for your move.

Planning a yard sale is easy. Just follow our guide. It’ll coincide nicely with the work you’re already doing to get ready to move.


3. Pack Yourself

If it’s not included in the price, most moving companies charge extra to pack your items in boxes. Instead of spending the extra money, consider packing up your items yourself.

Block out time before the movers come to get everything organized and boxed up. You can even wrap your belongings in soft materials like blankets, newspapers, towels, and sheets to further eliminate cost on packing materials. Just ensure you pack items well and securely so they don’t get damaged during the trip.


4. Enlist the Help of Family & Friends

If you’re tight on budget, you might consider not hiring a moving company at all. If they’re up to it, and depending on their strength, consider hiring friends and family instead.

They’ll likely take a fraction of what you’d pay movers, or simply take payment in the form of food and refreshments.


5. Price Compare

As you should with any service, before hiring any moving company be sure you compare prices throughout town. Ask around to see if anyone has good recommendations and be sure to pay attention to more than prices.

Moreover, calculate all costs to ensure you know just what you’re paying for. Some movers will charge by the hour, while others will charge a flat fee, and both could have extra fees and costs depending on the move. Do the math before signing a contract to ensure you get the best deal possible.


6. Plan It Out

Before moving forward with your move, the best thing you can do to save money is to plan it out.

Have every step listed out and know exactly when you’ll take care of everything. Know the policies behind cancelling certain subscriptions and services for things like internet and cable, and set up any electronics or appliance transportations in case a specific company needs to handle that.

By giving yourself plenty of time, you’ll ensure you aren’t paying double for services and ensure you aren’t receiving last-minute pricing.

Moving isn’t an easy or necessarily enjoyable task to begin with, which is why when you pay a fortune to do so, it only serves to add to the dread of it. Nonetheless, you don’t have to go thousands into debt or severely strain your finances to move your home.

By utilizing a few tips and tricks and doing your homework beforehand, you’ll make sure you have a seamless and on-budget move.

Where have you found free moving boxes before? How do you go about finding a moving company?

About Kayla Sloan

Kayla Sloan is a freelance writer who covers business and personal finance. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Time, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Kayla is passionate about helping people improve their finances so they can pursue their dreams.


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