Hands at a computer, calculator, and smart phone working on a budget for moving.Are you getting ready to relocate? If that is the case, consider creating a budget for your upcoming move. Doing so can help you gauge your spending limits better and stay within them.

Naturally, moving costs money. Fortunately, there are some practical ways to stretch your moving budget without making significant sacrifices.

Plan Your Move During a Non-Peak Season

Generally, moving costs the most during the summer, when more people are relocating. This higher demand for moving services often results in higher costs.

If you have flexibility over the timing of your move, consider scheduling it for a non-peak season, such as the spring or winter. You might be surprised at how much money you can save with a little careful timing.

Eliminate Things You Don’t Use

Streamline your move by eliminating unnecessary items and organizing your current home. Reducing the weight of your belongings can result in some savings for your move, which can benefit your moving budget. Getting rid of unnecessary items before moving simplifies packing, saves money, and ensures a smooth start in your new home. After all, a new home offers a fresh start, so why bring unwanted belongings? 

Raise Moving Funds With a Yard Sale

Holding a yard sale to unload those unwanted items is a great way to raise funds for moving expenses. Consider the following for your garage sale:

  • Plan it at least three weeks ahead.
  • Check with local authorities about garage sales restrictions, special permits, fees, and sales tax.
  • Hold a joint sale with one or more neighbors.
  • Offer an assortment of items to attract customers.
  • Remember to advertise online and place signs throughout the neighborhood.

Whatever you don’t sell, donate it to local charities.

Compare Quotes From Moving Companies

If you plan to hire professional movers to help with your relocation, shop around and get at least a few quotes from different moving companies. From there, you can compare quotes and choose the company offering the best value for your particular needs.

When looking at moving quotes, look at the total cost and other factors such as online reviews, availability, and exclusions (things they won’t move). This will empower you to make the best decision rather than go with the cheapest company.

Find Affordable Packing Supplies

Before buying new moving boxes and other packing/moving supplies, consider asking around for discounted or even free items. If you know of any new neighbors who have recently moved to your neighborhood, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they have any moving boxes or other supplies left over that you could take off their hands.

Another potential way to score free moving supplies (especially boxes) is to ask your local grocery store or department store if spare supplies are in the warehouse or stockroom. Large stores frequently have stockpiles of cardboard boxes and other supplies they are happy to give away.

Simplify Your Next Move

It’s no secret that moving can be expensive, but by following these tips, you can make the most of your relocation budget. Above all else, hiring the right team of professional movers can take the hassle and stress out of your next move. Contact us today to request your personalized moving quote!