If you’re moving this year, there is a good chance you are incurring a lot of expenses. Whether it’s making a large down payment on a new home or purchasing an appliance, the costs of moving can add up.
Packing supplies, hiring labor and the time it takes to transport your items to your new home are a large part of overall moving costs. There are several ways you can save some money without sacrificing the quality of movers and materials needed to relocate items to your new space safely and efficiently.
The following are a few tips to save you money when moving into a new home.
Purge before packing
One of the best ways to cut costs during a move is to not take every item with you. Before you start bubble-wrapping or tossing items in boxes, decide which items you might want to donate or dispose of.
Most movers charge hourly. You don’t want movers to spend time moving items you’ll end up tossing out at your new place. This will also help you save time packing and unpacking.
Host a yard sale
A yard sale is a great way to turn your unwanted items into some extra cash. Check with your local city hall to see if your community requires permits for yard sales and find out if you're allowed to hang signs on telephone poles, light posts, etc. to advertise your sale. Your best bet is to start your sale in the morning on the weekend.
Bargain hunters start shopping early. Make sure to price items to sell so you aren’t left with too many unsold items.
Pack your items
Expert moving companies offer a range of services, which often include packing all the items in your home. You can save hundreds of dollars by packing your possessions. Need a little motivation? Host a friends or family packing party to help you get started.
If you have time, organize like items in boxes and clearly label them. For procrastinating packers, prioritize carefully wrapping fragile or delicate items you don’t want to be damaged during the move.
Secure multiple moving quotes
The first estimate you receive from a mover may not always be the best. Experts recommend securing at least three bids. Like most businesses, they might be willing to negotiate prices or talk to you about where you can save costs.
In general, you’ll get the best deal if you move during the off-season, which is October to April. If you move during the peak season, try to avoid holiday or weekend moves. And the cost to hire movers is typically lower during the middle of the week.
Avoid buying supplies
No matter how big or small your move is, you’ll likely need boxes. And the price of boxes can add up.
Luckily, moving boxes are plentiful and available for free, you just need to know where to look. Start by asking friends and family if they know of people who recently moved if they have boxes they can give you.
Most retail locations, like grocery stores, have boxes available for free. You may also have suitable substitutes for packing paper and bubble wrap. Newspapers, blankets, towels or even socks can provide the padding you need to secure your belongings.
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This article originally appeared on The Repository: Holly Waldenmyer: How yo save money moving to your new home