Monday, 19 February 2024 09:56

Cost-Saving Tips from Our Denver Moving and Storage Pros

Planning a budget-friendly move into a new home is rarely an easy ordeal. Moving is a complicated process; your costs can add up quickly between all the supplies, inventory, and other moving expenses. While we are one of the top Denver moving and storage companies, we are committed to our customers and want to help you experience a smooth and seamless transition to your new home.

As such, we've rounded up multiple tips, insights, and strategies to help you save as much money as possible throughout your big move. Stick with our advice and you can make your move fit into your budget with ease.

Easy Wins for Your Big Moving Day

The bulk of your moving budget will be mainly used to cover three things: (1) labor, (2) supplies, and (3) transportation. By thinking strategically about these cost considerations, you can identify easy opportunities to save money before moving day. Here are a few simple ideas to get you started:

  • Pack everything on your own. Full-service movers can handle the packing process, for a price. If you really want to cut down on costs, plan ahead and pack early.
  • Ask friends and family to help instead of hiring pros. This is an obvious game-changer for your price but be mindful of how you'll trade off costs for your friends and family's time, energy, and effort.
  • Consider taking the DIY approach and rent a moving truck. This will eliminate the cost of movers: however, you'll need to cover other expenses like the truck itself, gas, and other rented items like dollies.
  • Compare several quotes from Denver moving and storage companies. There are lots of providers out there and you may shop the market for the best deal for your needs. Just keep in mind that a lower price point may indicate lower quality service.

5 Ways to Save Money with Denver Moving and Storage Companies

1. Identify Items to Sell, Donate, or Trash

The total inventory of items to move is generally the biggest contributing factor to the costs of your moving day. Think of it like this: the more things you need to move into your new home, the greater the charges will rise.

If you want to save money on your move, take some time to get rid of as many things as possible. In each room, organize your possessions into 4 separate piles to (1) sell, (2) donate, (3) trash, or (4) keep.

Obviously, this phase of any move is a challenging one, and it can be tough to say goodbye to certain items. We'd recommend embracing your inner Marie Kondo, and whenever you're considering a possession, ask yourself, "Does this item spark joy?" Or, from a practical standpoint, you could ask yourself, "Why do I have this?" and "Do I need this thing?" If you're scratching your head or answer "no," then it's probably time to say goodbye to that item.

It's also a good idea to try selling as many things as you can first. Host a garage sale for multiple days throughout the month. List as many possessions as possible from your sell and donate groups on reseller sites like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. You won't get tons of cash from selling your things, but every little bit helps.

Once your sale activities are done, take the rest of your donations and sell items to local thrift stores and charities like Goodwill.

2. Use Free Moving Boxes and Supplies

In general, it's wise to have at least 4-7 moving boxes per room when packing up your possessions. Assuming you live in a single-family household with 8 or so rooms, you may need anywhere from 32-56 total boxes to ensure every item is properly and safely packed. Brand new boxes can cost, on average, $4-6 per box and that's not including the packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, furniture covers, and other supplies. When you do the math, it's easy to see how you can easily spend over $500 on new moving supplies.

Save yourself some cash and pack your possessions for next to no cost with all kinds of free boxes you can find around town! Many businesses and organizations will give you cardboard boxes for free, so try visiting:

  • Pharmacies and grocery stores
  • Big-box stores like Costco or Sam's Club
  • Liquor stores
  • Bookstores
  • Schools
  • Recycling centers
  • Online resources like Freecycle, Nextdoor, or the U-Haul Box Exchange

Be sure to call ahead to these local stores to make sure they have boxes on site and that you can have them for free.

Don't forget to use boxes and containers that you already have in your home too. Old suitcases, shopping bags, storage containers, and other types of boxes can be repurposed for your move and can help you save even more on supplies.

3. Explore Ways to Deduct Moving Expenses

Believe it or not, you can actually claim some of your moving expenses as a deduction on your taxes. Always consult with a tax specialist before filing though because there are many restrictions around these expenses and what can be claimed.

The expenses you may claim must count as both "reasonable" and "necessary" to your move. And most homeowners cannot deduct most moving expenses through 2025. However, some states may allow you to deduct expenses for things like:

  • Rental trucks
  • Short-term storage fees
  • Insurance/Valuation coverage

If you can deduct even just a few of these expenses, they can make a significant difference in your total moving budget.

4. Leverage Your Employer's Relocation Assistance

Are you relocating for a new job? If so, your employer may help foot the bill for your moving expenses. While the specifics of relocation assistance packages vary from one employer to the next, they can cover many costs including:

  • Full packing and/or unpacking services
  • Quality moving services with reasonable insurance coverage
  • House-hunting trips
  • Temporary housing
  • Transportation to the final destination
  • And more

It's a great way to save yourself some cash! Be sure to check your employee handbook or talk with your supervisor to discover if your company can assist with the costs of your relocation.

5. Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate

Many moving and storage companies in Denver and beyond are open to negotiations. These companies will regularly throw in free or discounted services to land deals and maintain their reputations, and it never hurts to test the waters and see what you can get from a company.

Haggling is always a great way to lower prices for any services, so put on your game face and get ready to negotiate a better deal.

Get Started with Amazing Moves Moving & Storage

For over 21 years and counting, Amazing Moves has been helping families across Colorado and beyond move into their dream homes. We promise to deliver a top-notch customer experience and we can make your move simply amazing with a full suite of reliable moving services. Whether you're moving down the street or across the country, our movers can meet your needs.

Contact Amazing Moves today to get your accurate quote from one of the top providers in Denver for moving and storage services.