How to Save Money on a Household Move
Moving is not fun. Let’s just get that out of the way now. We’ve said so before, and if you’re anything like me you’ll agree that moving is a long, arduous process filled with stress. It’s expensive, it takes a long time and a lot of planning, and the further you’re moving the more difficult things seem to be. All that being said, household moving companies exist because people have to move, and so long as civilization exists people are going to be changing homes and needing to get their stuff moved. In today’s society, household moving can get really expensive really fast, so knowing how to save money on a household move – even if it’s only a little bit – can help a lot in terms of making things easier on you.
One way to save money on a household move is to simply cut down on how much you have to move. Household moving quotes and prices are based a lot on how much your stuff weighs, because that’s going to affect transportation costs for the moving company. Typically, the heavier someone’s overall move is, the more expensive it’s going to be in terms of fuel – remember, long-distance movers don’t just move your stuff, but oftentimes household goods for two or three different customers. Reducing how much stuff goes onto the truck will save you some money on your shipment. You can cut down on your stuff by donating old clothes and furniture you don’t use or by having a garage sale – the latter of which can actually net you some extra cash to help the cause.
Another way to save money on a household move is to use a company that lets you pack your goods yourself. Many companies offer full-service moving, which is where they have professional movers pack your goods for you in company-approved boxes that they know will keep them safe. This comes at a higher cost, though, and by packing your items yourself and letting your mover load the truck can save hundreds of dollars depending on how much you have to move. You’ll need to make sure that your boxes are packed properly and that they are in a condition that will allow them to be loaded without breaking, and you can get tips and more information from your household moving company in that regard.
If you are interested in finding a company to help you ship your household items, we recommend filling out our free online household moving quote request form on our Household Moving Articles page. The form is a dedicated quote form that will get you quotes from some of the best household moving companies in the industry, and you also get access to our plethora of helpful moving articles that help break down the process so you can better understand how everything will work and better prepare for your household move. If you’re shipping a vehicle along with your household items, you can fill out our free auto transport quote request form and get quotes for both by checking the “I want household moving quotes” option on the second page. If you have questions or need some help getting your quotes, you can also contact one of our live, helpful agents any time by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417.