Plan and budget to minimize the cost of your move

Moving can be very expensive if you don’t take the right steps to reduce the money you spend in the right places. Planning ahead, setting a budget, and preparing for the unexpected are ways you can be sure you don’t break the bank when you and your family move into a new home. Here is some advice to help make your new journey as affordable as possible.


Do plan ahead

Planning is extremely important when you are moving to a new home. Booking a moving company well in advance or on weekdays in the slow season can save you up to 50% of the total price. Historically speaking the first and last days of the month, weekends, and peak moving season (May-September) are the most expensive times to move, so plan ahead to avoid these times. When you plan ahead, you also might be able to find the majority of the moving boxes you’ll need for free.

Do set a budget

By creating a realistic moving budget, you will have a better understanding of how much money you will need to save and which option you can afford, whether it is hiring a full service moving company, renting a truck or doing the move completely by yourself. When you are planning your budget it is important to know the difference between price estimates and guaranteed prices because they can dramatically affect your budget. Price estimates are provided when moving companies evaluate the items you want to be moved and provide you with a quote on what they think the move will cost you. This price estimate can change on the move day depending on many different factors. Guaranteed prices will not change based on the items you requested to be moved and the additional services you selected.

Do make an inventory list of your home

You will want to know the items you are moving. Make an inventory list of the items you wish to move i.e. furniture, kitchen appliances, personal belongings, etc. It is recommended to categorize them by rooms to stay organized. This information will help you to get an accurate quote from reputable moving companies. If you are renting a truck, an inventory list will help you estimate what is the right rental truck size for your move.

Do ask about additional costs

When you move there are sometimes additional costs that you need to consider before you select the best option. When you hire a full service moving company ask about any additional fees you may incur that will not be on your quote. If you are renting a truck, ask about mileage, gas, and overnight fees. The last thing you need is for your move cost to double due to unexpected costs you were not aware of when the price quote was provided.

Do compare multiple moving companies

When you are planning a move you’ll want to compare multiple moving companies to ensure you are making the best choice. Different moving companies offer different services that can affect the cost of your quote. When you speak to the moving companies be clear about what you kind of services you are interested and what services they offer. Then when you compare multiple companies you can accurately compare the prices and what services are included with the quote.


Do not forget to plan for the unexpected

There are several things that can go wrong when you are moving. Always plan to have extra money, extra boxes, and other moving materials handy. You’ll also want to plan for extra time, in case the weather is poor, or in case there will be traffic delays that can affect your planned schedule. Make sure to consider delays when scheduling your move with your building management, considering most buildings have restrictions for elevator use.

Do not move items you no longer want or need

Moving is a great time to decide about items in your home that you no longer want or need. If you do not envision yourself using these items in the future, instead of packing and moving them, they can be sold or donated. Fewer boxes and furniture means less money spent on moving. Don't forget to measure your current furniture as well, to see if it will fit in your new home. You do not want to pay for moving something only to find out that it will not fit in your new home.

Do not underestimate doing it yourself

Moving completely by yourself may seem like a very affordable option, but don't underestimate how time-consuming, physically exhausting and costly a DIY move can become. When you move without the help of a full service moving company you will need to rent a truck, purchase moving equipment, and carefully maneuver large and heavy pieces of furniture. If you have friends who are willing to help you move you’ll need to provide them with at least food and drinks for their help.

When you choose to do a DIY move, take into consideration the following:

  • Planning and scheduling the move day
  • Getting some time off work
  • Loading and unloading of your furniture and boxes
  • Driving a rental truck
  • Moving and handling large pieces of furniture
  • Assembly and disassembly of large items
  • Risk of breaking or damaging your valuable items, or even worse injure yourself
  • No insurance for furniture damages

Do not just book the “cheapest” moving option

Be sure to examine the pros and cons of all your moving options and consider the entire cost of each option. Sometimes the most inexpensive solution is not the cheapest when you add in the cost of taking time off work, putting the kids in daycare, or spending the entire weekend moving heavy boxes only to be physically exhausted by the end of the process. If you choose to use a full service moving company, a reputable one might seem like it costs more upfront, but you will be more likely to be given an accurate price quote, while an unprofessional moving company might low ball their quote to receive your business. When you book the cheapest moving option you also risk having your belongings improperly packed and transported. This can lead to your belongings arriving at your new home broken or damaged.

Do not forget about last minute costs

Last minute costs can break your budget. Don’t forget to leave room in your budget in case you forgot something or just made an honest mistake. You might need to purchase a moving dolly if you choose not to use a full service moving company, replace furniture that breaks, or extend your rental truck for an extra day due to unexpected delays.

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If you are trying to plan an affordable move consider all available options. Always plan ahead and use the tools available when researching which moving option is the best choice for you. There are price comparison sites that allow you to compare between moving companies, reviews and guaranteed prices.

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Emily Potts is the Online Marketing Manager for Unpakt, a comparison site website that provides users with the ability to compare moving companies in their area, book guaranteed prices, and move without the tradition stress of hiring a moving co...

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