Moving is expensive when you take into consideration all of the factors leading up to and surrounding the actual move–apartment deposits, travel, new furniture, change of job, time off work. By the time many people get around to actually booking movers, their budget is already spent.
Here are a few insider suggestions for making the most of your moving budget.
- Move on an “off” day–Movers are always busiest at the beginning and end of the month. Weekends are also busier than weekdays. If you have flexibility, a mid-week, mid-month move can save you hundreds of dollars.
- Don’t take “iffy” items–Moving is a good opportunity to clean house. Really scrutinize your goods to make sure you want to bring them along. Reducing your cubic footage reduces your price. You’d be surprised how much it will cost to take your broken desk or old office chair to your new apartment. It might be worth leaving behind.
- Book well in advance–If you have the luxury, book your movers early. Moving companies price their moves based on availability. If you lock in your reservation early you’ll have more leverage for negotiation.
- Pack yourself–While it is wonderful to have professionals pack up your household for you, you can also do it yourself. We offer a number of packing tips on our website and sell all the materials you may need. Our Moving Coordinators can help you estimate the number and types of boxes you’ll need and deliver them a few days before the move.