Handle The Move Yourself
The simplest way to save money on a move is to skip the mover and do the move yourself. This will involves some physical work on your part, but the savings are tremendous.
A U-Haul truck can be had in sizes up to 26 feet in length. This is enough room to handle the move of most homes up to 3 bedrooms in size. If you think that you can not handle driving one f these huge trucks, think again. They are remarkably easy to drive and you do not need to have a commercial license.
If the thought of moving all of your furniture is too hard to handle or you are not up to the task, consider a hybrid model. Simply rent the truck and then hire movers to load it and unload it. Then, you do the driving yourself.
While the hybrid method will be more expensive than doing all of the work yourself, it can still save hundreds of dollars on a local move and put thousands of dollars back in your pocket if you are headed cross country.
Rent A Moving Container
Moving containers have become very popular over the last several years, especially for cross country moves. Companies like PODS and Pack Rat will simply drop off a container in front of your home and then you take your time loading it. When you are done, they pick it up and transport it to your new home.
A moving container can save you a lot of money over the cost of a full service mover, but it does require a few sacrifices. You have to live in an area where containers are allowed and you may take longer to get your stuff delivered. Since many storage containers are used at once, it can take several extra days to have your delivered, so be prepared to be without your property for longer.
Don’t Move It, Sell It
This is a particularly good way to save money if you are doing a long distance move. With the rising cost of fuel and labor, the less you move, the less you pay. Sell your furniture and then just buy new furniture when you arrive at your new home.
At first glance, this might seem wasteful, especially since you will just have to buy furniture at your new location. However, do the math and you will see the logic in this concept. Add up how much you sell your furniture for and the cost of moving that furniture across the country. Chance are that it would cost you the same or even less to sell it, than move it.
Besides the cost savings, there are some other benefits to this money saving moving hack. It will reduce the work involved to move and, when you get to your new home, you get to purchase new furniture. That is a big benefit, especially when you consider that your furniture could easily be damaged during a move.
Pack As Efficiently As Possible
The more space that you take up in a moving truck, the more room that you will be charged by professional movers. In addition, even if you plan on doing the move yourself, the more space you need, the bigger the truck rental will be. Bigger trucks are more expensive to rent and use more fuel.
Saving space is simple, you just need to have a plan. Pack boxes with minimal wasted space by combining like items, even if it means separating rooms out. Bulky items like comforters can be compressed, or even better, vacuum packed. You should also be honest about what you really need to bring with you. Now is the time to donate your unwanted items and throw away the junk.
In short, every less box you have to move saves you money, money that you probably need for other expenses.
Score Some Free Moving Supplies
Have you priced out moving supplies lately? Boxes are roughly 2 dollars a piece and you will pay far more for styrofoam peanuts than you think. Why pay for it when you can get it for free?
Just think about your last move. When you were done unpacking you were left with stacks of boxes and packing material and you just wanted it gone. There are likely dozens of people in your town right now in the same situation.
Look on Facebook Marketplace for advertisements of free moving supplies. If you can not find one, make a post. Before long, you will be sitting on stacks of cardboard and you could get hundreds of dollars worth of supplies for free.
Ask For A Moving Allowance
The best way to save money on your move is to not pay for it at all, so why not ask your employer for a moving allowance?
If you are like most people, you are moving because of a job. The employment market is still very competitive and that means that your employer may be willing to give you several thousand dollars to pay for your move. Depending on how much money you can negotiate, it is entirely possible that you may even be able to afford a professional move.
Should you choose to go this route, keep a few things in mind. First, most employers will not give you money in advance. They will typically refund you money, so you need to keep your receipts. You should also hold on to those receipts because you will need them come tax time. Your moving allowance will be taxable, so you will need receipts to write off your actual expenses with the IRS.