Let’s face it; nobody likes the long, exhausting, and not to mention pricey, aspect of packing up their house for a move. Did you know that according to a 2010 report by Worldwide ERC, an association that tracks mobility costs, the average household move costs approximately $12,230? In the words of Joey Tribbiani from the TV show Friends, “forget about it!” I’m sure you could think of at least 100 different ways you spend a whopping $12,000; in some cases, that could even be the cost of a down payment on a new home. Instead of wasting a huge chunk of your savings, let me fill you in on how you can bring down the cost of using a professional mover and save little of your hard-earned dough.
Downsize your belongings
The total amount of weight of your household contents is a huge factor in determining the price of a move. To downsize, gather your old furniture, clothes, toys, appliances, etc. that you no longer need or use, and donate them to your local thrift store or a charity of your choice. It’s also a good idea to map out and measure the rooms in your new house and determine where your furniture will go, and if you have the capability, you can measure each piece of furniture to make sure it will even fit. Then you’ll have no choice on whether it goes with you to your new house or not.
Timing your move is key
According to Kiplinger, professional movers are the busiest on the last 10 days of the month, so scheduling your move for the middle of the month may help you get a better price. Depending on when you purchase your home, if you can wait to move in the off-season, between October and April, you may be able to save up to 10% on your move.
Pinch pennies where you can
Instead of purchasing brand new boxes from your moving company, you can stop by your local grocery store or neighborhood bar and ask the manager if they have any empty boxes from their most recent truck shipment. Ninety nine percent of the time, you're doing the business a favor by taking the boxes off their hands and giving them one less thing to do. Besides, the boxes they use are very durable, come in all shapes and sizes, and the best part is that they are FREE!
It’s never too early to start planning
Start planning your move with baby steps. A good rule of thumb is to start at about two months prior to the moving truck arriving in front of your house. Purchase colored tape and label which room each box goes to. If you have small children, you can even make this into a fun game by tasking them to color code each box with the tape color that is designated to a certain room. Not only will it give the kids something to do during a busy time, it will also help you reduce the moving time, because the movers will know exactly which room each box goes in, and when you’re paying the movers by the hour, it’s a no-brainer that less time equals less money.
Insure your valuables
Insuring your most expensive and valuable items is one of the most important benefits of hiring professional movers. Although insurance costs extra, you will save a ton of money in the long run if anything breaks during the transportation of your belongings. Before purchasing movers insurance, be sure to review your homeowners or renters insurance policy first to see if your goods are already covered.
Moving is already a “pain in the you know what,” but if you take the time to follow these tips and tricks, you can really help alleviate some of the expense and added stress of hiring professional movers.