Budget-Friendly Ideas For Your Upcoming Move

Budget-Friendly Ideas For Your Upcoming Move

A pink piggy bank; it won’t be emptied if its owner conducts proper research on budget-friendly ideas when moving.

Not only is moving hard and stressful but, unfortunately, it can also cost you a lot of money. Among the myriad of tasks that moving involves, plenty of them come with a price tag attached, and there are even hidden moving costs to pay attention to. Luckily, as people have moved in the past, they have also found ways to save money while doing so. Today, we’re here to share some of those budget-friendly ideas for your upcoming move. If you follow our advice, hopefully, you’ll be able to move without completely emptying your wallet in the process.

Professional movers helping someone pack
Hiring professional movers can be among budget-friendly ideas related to moving, as they are much more affordable than you might think.

Good movers are also highly-skilled in shipping, which means that their skill and experience will bring a higher level of care with your belongings. While we do believe that you (and probably your friends too) will take great care not to damage any of the items, movers simply have a lot more experience with shipping.

Then, there’s also the fact that buying or preparing a tasty meal for your friends after the move is something that would be rude not to do. While it is also nice to make a sandwich or two for moving professionals as well, when your budget is low – we’re sure they’ll understand if you don’t offer them any snacks.

And of course – time is money. Hiring reliable movers means that you’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to your work and other chores. Taking the time to do everything on your own means that you’ll have much less time to dedicate to your job, and as a result of that, your business may suffer.

When it is okay to move by yourself

On the other hand, if you have plenty of time on your hands, a small number of items to transport, and you’re feeling very adventurous – moving on your own could be one of the sound budget-friendly ideas for your upcoming move. If all of these factors align, moving on your own will definitely save you some money, and you’ll get to brag that you’ve handled your move like a pro!

However, you should still think hard before making this decision. You don’t want to be in the middle of the relocation process only to become frustrated with yourself because you didn’t spend all that time on something more useful and lucrative, that could earn you more money than what you would have paid the movers.

A man carrying moving boxes
If you can’t afford new moving boxes, get free boxes and don’t overpack them to make sure that their structure remains intact!

Get Free Moving Boxes and Other Packing Supplies

Depending on the location of the move, moving can be more or less expensive. There’s a difference between moving, for example, in Detroit, and in New York. So, while buying new packing supplies (especially boxes) is usually recommended, in more expensive cities and states you would do a significant service to your budget if you obtained moving boxes for free. So, looking at your office, at your local grocery store, online, or even asking the janitors at local schools for free boxes is certainly among the first steps you need to take before your NYC move.

And if you are living in a more affordable city, getting brand new boxes is still recommended; we have moving kits available for purchase, whether you choose to move with us or do it yourself. If you can’t afford new boxes, old, free boxes will have to do. Just keep in mind that old boxes can easily crumble and potentially damage your belongings in the process. If you ask around, you shouldn’t have much (if any) trouble finding them. However, if you book your move with us, you can reach out to your move coordinator for free boxes.

Choose a budget-friendly moving date

Budget-friendly ideas for your move, luckily, don’t end there. For the next one, though, it is important that you can be flexible about the date of the move. That is because moving during the off-season is more affordable – if you can avoid summer and spring moves, your wallet will be very grateful to you. As everyone is looking to move then, choosing a colder and less convenient date will get you a better price at moving companies.

What’s more, people can often get better deals with landlords when they move off-season. Landlords also have fewer customers then, which is why they’re often open to negotiating and eventually offering better deals.

Decluttering = saving money when moving

Another way to be friendly to your budget is to declutter before moving. The fewer things you transport, the less costly the move. While you are packing, you’ll surely come upon plenty of items that you haven’t used in a while, that you’re keeping simply out of habit. Instead of paying for them to be transported or storing them, help your budget by giving them away or, even better, selling them.

Organizing a garage sale is one of the better budget-friendly ideas pertaining to moving, as you will earn some additional money that way. However, organizing such an event takes time, so we hope that you didn’t wait until the last minute to plan your move!

A donations box
If you don’t have enough time to organize a garage sale and increase your budget that way, being nice and donating unneeded belongings will also lessen the costs of moving.

Additional tips & tricks

We’ll conclude with some quick tips that will further help your budget:

  • As soon as you can, officially update your new address. Once you do that, you’ll be able to get discounts and coupons from the Postal Service. 
  • If your new home is in need of some urgent repairs, know that Lowe’s and Home Depot also offer a variety of discounts and coupons for their customers.
  • If you are moving long-distance, you might need to ship some items individually. For packages that weigh under two pounds, we recommend FedEx or UPS, while USPS is cheaper when it comes to smaller packages.
  • Coupons can also be obtained from utility companies. Newspapers are a good place to look for ads offering discounts in terms of phone, internet, and cable services.
  • Don’t go out to eat before the move if there’s some food still left in your fridge. Save some money and don’t let that food go to waste!
Betty White - Author

Betty White, Guest Blogger

I was never quite sure what I wanted out of life, so I explored job opportunities in all spheres of life. And that kept me going until, five years ago, I found myself in copywriting for different kinds of niche. It started with a simple internship and then quickly developed into something more. Today, I find myself working with a team of professional writers and doing what I love.

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