5 ways to save when moving
Moving can be expensive. That being said, there are things you can do to save. Here are 5 ways of them.
You don’t always need to hire movers. If you take time to organize, you will be able to do it yourself. Simply rent a truck and ask your family and friends to help.
If you or one of your friends owns a truck, this could save you even more money. You might want to ask around to see if anyone in your entourage owns a truck or pick-up that you could use.
If you do DIY, make sure to inform your insurer. If something happens, it’s important to know your coverage.
2. Choose your moving day carefully
Unfortunately, moving day is not always negotiable. However, if you have some flexibility, you could save quite a bit. Movers and truck rental companies charge less in the low season. It can therefore be a good idea to move in winter.
In Quebec, moving on any date other than July 1 can save you money, because that is the busiest day of the year for professional moving companies.
3. Plan ahead and compare
If DIY moving is not an option and you must hire movers, then plan ahead.
Make sure to request quotes from several companies. This will enable you to compare your options and select the best one. In fact, there’s a concierge service app for that and you can use it get several quotes in just a few minutes!
Planning ahead reduces the chances of something unexpected happening, which could hike up the bill. Preparation is key.
4. Clean the house
Moving can be the perfect excuse for eliminating clutter, especially when you are moving into a smaller place. We all have things that we no longer use that someone else could.
When you’re done cleaning, put these items up for sale online or have a garage sale! This could even cover part of your expenses, and who knows? You might even make a little money.
5. Recover as much as possible
In the weeks leading up to your move, identify the things that could help you in your preparation. For example, keep boxes, newspapers, old clothes, etc. This will keep you from having to buy boxes and give you material to safely pack your valuables.
Ask family and friends to keep boxes for you! You recycle and reuse and save... that’s win-win-win!