How to Save Money on Your Move
No matter what time of year youâ€™re looking to move during, finding the best pricing and the most affordable services for your budget will allow you not just to keep your budget secure and your wallet happy, but to also find a moving company that prioritizes you and the quality service you deserve.
As we all know, moving, especially long-distance moving, has the potential to be incredibly expensive if youâ€™re not using the right moving company or if you donâ€™t know what your budget is or what services you need. On top of your moving expenses, you also have to factor in the prospect of getting your new place, whether through renting or buying. With renting, youâ€™ll have to prepare your security deposit and whatever months of upfront rent your landlord might require. With buying, youâ€™ll have to find a home thatâ€™s within your budget while also factoring in closing costs and inspection costs. On top of these costs, setting your moving budget can seem even harder to do.
Despite moving being an expensive process, there are many approaches you can take to keep your costs as low as possible, while still getting relaxing and straightforward moving services from professionals.
If youâ€™re looking for ways to save on moving costs or tips to save money on moving, weâ€™ll clue you in on the small changes you can make that will make a big difference.
How to Find the Right Professional Movers
Before we discuss all of the best money-saving tips that will help you move without breaking the bank, letâ€™s talk about the easiest way to save money on your move – by using the right affordable moving company. Whether in the market for Greenville, SC movers or looking elsewhere in the country, using movers that give you the best pricing and service for your money is the key to having an affordable and upgraded moving experience.
When hiring professional movers, you might be understandably concerned about what your costs will end up looking like, and if there will be any hidden fees involved in your process once everything is said and done. When it comes to long-distance moving, in particular, the cost of having professional movers can add up quickly if you donâ€™t do the right research on your potential company. To find the right movers for your process, the following are a few tips to point you in the right direction:
- Check Reviews
Always check your potential companyâ€™s reviews on third-party websites to see what people really think about the moving company youâ€™re looking at and what their general experience with them has been. If a company has reviews on its site – great! However, donâ€™t just go off of these reviews, as they can be easily moderated to only show favorable ones. Instead, rely on sites like Google Reviews, Angieâ€™s List, Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and others that cannot be paid or moderated. Remember, if you canâ€™t find any reviews for a certain moving company, or are running into one that has changed names a few times, run! This is a sign of a moving scam or movers who will not have your best interests at heart.
Additionally, try to get first-hand recommendations from trusted family or friends to see if any company has left a particularly good impression on them for similar services.
- Look Up Licensing
After you narrow down prospective companies by looking at reviews, also take a look at these companiesâ€™ reviews to ensure that theyâ€™re properly licensed and accredited. A company should either give you their USDOT number or have it easily listed and visible on their website so that you can look them up on the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) website. If a company doesnâ€™t have a number or doesnâ€™t show up in this database, this is another sign of a moving scam.
- Shop Around
Lastly, never go with the first company or quote you receive. Shopping around to multiple companies and getting multiple quotes will both save you from moving scams (yes, it IS too good to be true), and will save you money.
How to Save on Moving Costs
After finding the right moving company for you and your budget, itâ€™s time to look into other ways you can save on your move outside of just using an affordable company.
- How to Save on Packing Supplies
One of the easiest ways to save money on your move is by getting low-cost or free moving supplies. The best way to do this is by asking around friends or family (or even local businesses) for extra bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes, and anything that can help you pack your things up. Youâ€™d be surprised by how many people and businesses will have plenty of boxes laying around that you can have. You can also go to outlets like Facebook Marketplace where people often put their old moving boxes and gently used packing supplies up for either free or very little cost.
- Declutter Your Home
An easy way to save on your move is by decluttering your home of the things you donâ€™t want or need anyway that would otherwise weigh down your moving truck and add to your costs. If you get your moving quote or estimate before decluttering, make a note of what items (especially large ones) you plan to get rid of so that they can remove their weight from your costs.
- Move Off-Season
Because so many people move during the peak moving season, they might not even consider how much can be saved simply by finding the right season to move during. Moving from October to March will save you big time on moving company prices, and in many areas, these times of year will give you more favorable conditions to move in than the height of summer. Moving off-season will also give you more flexibility when choosing your moving date.
Moving is often expensive and chaotic, but with the right research and preparation, you can find the right movers for your budget and will have a great strategy to save on the other aspects of your relocation experience. Looking for the best professional moving company in Spartanburg?
See what Carey Moving & Storage can do for you and your local moving, long-distance moving, or international moving process. Weâ€™ll give you the best quality of service at the best prices.