Saving money when moving
Counting today, we move in 17 days. While I am incredibly excited, I am also a nervous wreck. Moving stresses me out. Ignoring all of the psychological reasons and sheer amount of work, moving is expensive. I received our first quote the other day from a major moving company, $4000.00. Yikes! Way more than I anticipated. We have two other “local” moving companies coming out this week to provide offers. I’m hoping they will be far less expensive.
We’ve also considered moving ourselves, which I had really hoped to avoid, but unless these other companies come in significantly less expensive, moving ourselves is looking like the best option. I did a quick quote and renting a truck one way with some pads, a dolly and a car carrier is $800.00 (cost of fuel included). BIG difference.
Saving Money when moving
For months now, I’ve been collecting tips for savings money when moving and thought I would share a few that I think are useful:
- Sell what you don’t need – Have a garage sale and get rid of everything you absolutely don’t need. We’re having a garage sale next weekend. Our garage is already full of things we don’t need/ Not only will a garage sale earn you some extra cash to pay for the move, but it will eliminate many of things you need to move. Less weight, less cost.
- Get multiple estimates – Most articles I have read recommend getting quotes from at least 10-11 different moving companies. I’m not convinced we have 10-11 moving companies in our area, but by the end of the week, I do intend to have a least 5. I’ll then begin getting them to compete together for my move. The lowest bidder I feel comfortable with wins. The more estimates you have, the more leverage you have. Don’t feel bad about doing this either. With the economy the way it is right now, these companies will work hard for your business.
- Understand and get additional charges waived – Moving companies are smart (remember, they do this everyday). They have all kinds of creative little fees: long-haul surcharges, shuttle charges, fuel surcharges, expedited charges, etc, etc. Get any and all of these waived. If they won’t waive them, take your business elsewhere. When I spoke with the first representative she wanted to add on a shuttle charge. This was due to the location and street design of our home. I told her I wouldn’t pay that. She quickly said “No problem, we’ll just absorb that”. She didn’t even flinch.
- Appliances – Fortunately our new home has really nice appliances. The one’s in our current home aren’t anything special, with the exception of one: our washer. We have Bosch front load, heavy-duty washer. Even though the appliances in our new home are nice, we want to bring this Bosch washer with us. It’s going to cost us though. In order to move these washer’s, you have to purchase a drum lock-down kit. While not real expensive, it is an extra cost and some hassle. Appliances can be expensive to move. If you can avoid it, don’t move them. Sell them with your home, in the garage sale or on craigslist.
- Pack it yourself - The most expensive cost from our initial moving quote was packing. I had them include it just to see how much it would cost. Now I know, packing is expensive. To save considerable money, pack your own stuff. If you do decide to go this route, make sure you understand and meet the movers packing requirements and have everything packed and ready to go when the movers arrive.
- Don’t pay for new boxes - The best way to get boxes dirt cheap is to find someone in your area that recently moved and either buy the boxes from them, or just take them off their hands. Have a new neighbor that just moved in? Chances are they have boxes. Another great way is via Craigslist. I just responded to 3 different ads for people that had more than 100 boxes from just recently moving.
I have tons of little tips on my list I’ve been collecting over the months but these are the big ones.
This article is part of an ongoing series called Money Saving Monday. Each Monday, I share tips and techniques you can use to start saving money.
How about you? Have any tips or insider information on how to save money when moving? Share them by adding a comment!
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