Moving Hacks to Save Money
Everybody has a budget, and we all want to make the most of it. For 40 years, we’ve been helping New Yorkers move – in their neighborhoods, through the city, and longer distances, including cross-country and international moves. That means we’ve seen a few things – and some of them will help you save money on your move. Here are our favorite moving hacks to save money:
3 Moving Hacks to Save Money Before Your Move
Schedule Your Move Strategically
The price of moving services varies based on demand: during busy times, moves cost more. This means that you can save money by scheduling your move during off-peak times, when demand is not as great. For example, scheduling your move during the month is more affordable than scheduling during the first and last weeks of the month, which is when most rental agreements begin and end, and the very middle of the month particularly the dates 14th – 16th.
Book Your Movers as Far in Advance as You Can
If you’re going to be working with a professional NYC moving company, you’ll want to secure their services as far in advance as you can. There are two reasons for this: each moving company only has so much availability to offer the public, and moves booked on short notice cost more than those booked at least two to three weeks in advance.
Ship Your Books
The cost of a move is calculated by weight, and books are very, very heavy. A much cheaper alternative is to ship books and other qualifying media to your new address using the USPS Media Mail rate. Be aware that it does take some time for packages to arrive. Make sure to take advantage of available tracking features.
3 Moving Hacks to Save Money During Your Move
Be On Site When the Movers Pack & Load Your Possessions
Save money and stress by being on site when the movers pack and load your possessions. Having immediate access to you ensures your wishes are followed should any unforeseen circumstances arise. Also – being there means you can do your own final walkthrough of your old home to be sure nothing’s been forgotten or overlooked.
Crate Your Pets Instead of Hiring a Pet Sitter
- Many families hire pet sitters or board their animals during a move. It’s a smart way to keep your pets safe during the chaos of a move. A more affordable way to protect your pets from escaping through an open door is to keep them in their crates or carriers while the move is going on. Be aware that pets can’t travel in moving trucks, so you’ll need to have a plan to move your pets to your new address.
Use Your Perishable Groceries for Moving Day Snacks & Meals on the Road
It’s a great idea to use up all perishable groceries before moving day, but that doesn’t always happen. Rather than tossing that food in the trash, save a few bucks by using it to create moving day snacks. Packing meals to eat on the road means no need to pay roadside restaurant prices!
3 Moving Hacks to Save Money After Your Move
Be Smart About Storage
Safe secure storage units are a cost effective option to stow things you’re not ready to move into your new home yet. Keep storage costs under control by renting the smallest unit that will contain everything you have – your moving company or storage facility can help you figure this out. Read the storage unit rental agreement carefully and make sure you understand all the terms: sometimes there’s a discount for paying storage rental fees in advance.
People Always Want Moving Boxes
After you move, you have lots of empty moving boxes. Other people will happily take those off of your hands, eliminating your need to spend any time or money disposing of them. Social media is one way to spread the word; workplace message boards are another option.
Earn Some Money Recommending Your Mover
Did your movers do a great job? You can make some easy money letting the world know by participating in an affiliate program. Referral business is rewarded with a commission – while it won’t offset the entire cost of your move, it’s nice to get a little cash back in your pocket!