1. Pack yourself instead of having the movers do it
As mentioned above, full packing service increases the cost of your move to between $8,000-11,000. If you take on some or all of the packing work yourself, you can bring the cost down by $1,000-4,000.
2. Time your move just right
Holidays, weekends, and the end of the month, as well as any move from May to September, are the busiest and most expensive times to move. If you have flexibility in your move date, you can get a less expensive rate for the same move.
3. Purge your belongings
Before you start packing, or as you pack, go through and purge your belongings. Throw away anything that is broken, trashed, or otherwise unusable. Donate or recycle things you no longer use. Pare down your belongings where you can. If you have lots of clothes you don’t wear, don’t pay to move them. Get rid of them.
Consider what you can afford to replace, as well. Some things may be much cheaper to replace than to pay to move. If you can afford to replace something, donate or sell it before you move to save some money.
4. Shop around
Don’t hire the first mover you talk to. Get in-home estimates from a few and compare the prices and services they’re offering. Ask friends and family for recommendations and reviews.
5. Eat and stay for less
Save money on your move by packing a few of the meals you’ll need to eat on the road. A cooler filled with ice, drinks, lunch meats and cheeses and some fresh fruit can save you a ton of money at the expense of fast food.
Book hotel rooms online in advance, and save some money there, as well. Determine how far you can drive in a day, and find a hotel in the general area online. Be realistic, even if it means stopping a little earlier than you’d like.
While ‘you get what you pay for’ is true, it’s also true that you can have a secure move for less. Don’t hesitate to negotiate and look for ways to save.