If you are planning a move to the other side of the country, you’re likely trying to do it as inexpensively as possible. Here are seven tips that will help you save money as you prepare for your move.
1. Look for free supplies
Start asking around for free moving supplies, such as boxes, newspaper, packing tape, and bubble wrap, to keep costs down. Nearby grocery stores and retailers often have boxes they can give away for free, or you can post an ad online asking for boxes. Try Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Nextdoor.com, and other community groups. A good resource for more information is the www.matcocalgarymovers.com website.
2. Rent a portable storage unit
Portable storage units are fast becoming a popular way to move across the country. They are often cheaper than local movers. Plus, the units can double as storage space when you need them. Instead of paying a moving company and then a storage rental space, you’re only paying one flat rate.
3. Enlist the help of your family and friends
If you are trying to stay away from hiring actual movers, ask for help from family and friends. They will be much cheaper than a moving company, but you still may wish to pay them something. Consider buying lunch and drinks as well as throwing them a small gift card for their efforts.
4. Ask if your job will pay
If you happen to be moving because of your job, your company may help you pay for the move. Talk to your HR department about their relocation policy. Many companies will pay for part or all of your move across the country. Just remember to keep all of your moving receipts so that you are reimbursed after the move.
5. Pack everything yourself
If you have the time and energy and really want to save on movers, consider packing everything yourself. As soon as you know you are going to move you’ll want to begin packing up non-essentials, such as knick-knacks, collectables, books, photos, and other items you can set aside for now.
6. Get rid of things you don’t need
The more you have to pack, the more it will cost to ship across-country. Start getting rid of any unnecessary items as soon as you can. Sell what you can online or by having a huge moving sale over the weekend. Give items away to family and friends or donate them to local charities. The less you have to pack, the less expensive it will be to move.
7. Find cheap moving rates
If you must use a moving company, research multiple companies before deciding on one. Don’t pick the first company just because you can’t be bothered. Many moving companies will price-match rates from competitors, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Use these seven tips to move across-country as inexpensively as possible. Save your hard-earned money for your new home and upcoming expenses.