December 12, 2011

3 Ways to Save Money with a Household Moving Company

You have met with moving companies, combed through the details of the estimates and hired the best household moving company for your budget.  So now that's it.  You can't possibly save more money, right?  Wrong.  If you do a little planning and legwork, you can actually save some money with your household moving company.  Here's how:

1. Lighten Up.
The more you have to move, the more it will cost you in time and money. Do your wallet a favor by getting rid of the things you no longer need or want.  You can make a little money by selling those items in a yard sale or on Craigslist.  You can also donate them for a tax deduction.

2.  Do Your Own Packing.
Packing is the thing that takes the most time and will cost you by the hour when you hire someone to help you.  Start early so you have the time to pack correctly with the appropriate materials to protect your belongings.  And rather than buying new boxes and materials from your household moving company, look for used ones in local classifieds and from local businesses. 

3.  Be Prepared.
When your household moving company arrives on moving day or to prep you for moving day, make sure you are ready.  If they have to pack you unexpectedly and spend more time than included in the estimate, you will be charged by the hour.  Even worse, they may have to delay your moving day which will end up costing you more money. Also have a plan for what you plan to have the household moving company do and what you will handle yourself.  Make sure you communicate that plan to your moving team well in advance so you do not incur unexpected costs.