How to Save Money on a Long-Distance Move
Let’s face the facts; moving is expensive, especially when you’re moving across the country. That’s why it’s in your best interest to cut costs whenever and wherever you can. If you don’t make a conscious effort to reduce spending, your moving expenses can add up fast. A pricier move will only add even more stress to an already stressful experience. Thankfully, there are a number of money-saving tips and tricks you can follow to move without breaking the bank. Here’s how to save money on a long-distance move.
1. Hire the right moving company
When you’re moving a short distance, it’s usually feasible to recruit friends and family to help you move, especially if you bribe them with pizza and beer. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about a long-distance move.
More likely than not, you’ll need to hire professional movers. And if you own a lot of furniture, doing so can actually be more cost-effective than renting a U-Haul and buying packing supplies on your own. Professional movers can also save you a lot of stress with their speediness and efficiency.
The key is to hire the right moving company. While it might be tempting to go with the first available option you spot on Google, be sure to spend some time comparing companies to find the best possible deal.
Luckily, long-distance moves are often quoted at a fixed-price rate, which makes it easier to compare companies. Price isn’t the only factor to take into consideration though. See what services are included in their quoted rate. Here at Amazing Moves, we offer full-service moving, packing, and storage solutions at a competitive rate that won’t break the bank.
To really cut costs, you can ask your movers to only move the heavy furniture and do the rest yourself.
And last, but certainly not least, remember that some movers will have extra (and sometimes hidden) fees for things like stair charges, fuel charges, and other things.
2. Get rid of unnecessary belongings
One of the best ways to save money on a long-distance move is to get rid of belongings you no longer need. This will help reduce the total weight of your moving inventory, which will be used to calculate your final moving costs. Sell or donate as much as you can before you start packing things up. Here are some great ways to get rid of unnecessary belongings:
- Sell items on Facebook Marketplace
- Have a garage sale
- Donate items to homeless shelters or second-hand retail stores
3. Move during the week
Weekends are the busiest times for moving companies, especially at the end of the month. As a result, movers will often charge more during peak moving times. If you can, consider moving during the week in the middle of the month. Some movers will also offer discounted rates during off-season moves (October - February).
Learn more about how to save money on long-distance moves
If you’re interested in learning more about how to save money on a long-distance move, turn to the professionals at Amazing Moves. With decades of experience assisting with cross-country moves at competitive rates, you’ll benefit from our small business touch with big business expertise.
Contact us today for a free quote.