One thing most people ask themselves when getting ready to move is, ‘How much will this cost me?’. Moving is a large task to take on. When you add a bunch of extra expenses onto that initial stress, it quickly becomes overwhelming. However, no matter your situation, there will be ways to cut your moving costs. We’ve put together some tips and ideas to help you better stick to a moving budget and keep costs low.
Declutter before you move
Decluttering is always an excellent thing to do before you move. It gives you a chance to go through your belongings to figure out what exactly needs to stay and what you can toss or donate. Not only are you left will less clutter, but there will also be fewer things that need to be moved professionally. Depending on how much you get rid of, this can drastically lower the cost of professional movers.
Sell unwanted items
Once you’ve had a chance to go through your belongings, see if there’s anything that’s in good, working condition that could potentially be sold. There is a huge wave of second-hand purchasing going on online, so why not capitalize? The money earned can then be put towards moving costs.
Full-service movers are a great convenience, but can often come with a bigger price tag. If you are able and comfortable with packing up your own items, doing it yourself is a great cost-saving option. That being said, some items you definitely will need help with. We recommend assessing your situation to see what you can do on your own.
Skip the fancy packing materials
It may be tempting to go all in with buying fancy packing materials, but we recommend taking some time to assess what tools and equipment will best suit your needs. Oftentimes, you can replace traditional packing materials with household items. For example, many people use clean socks, towels, or t-shirts to wrap mugs, plates, and glassware. This keeps them from getting damaged and helps you transfer the contents of your wardrobe at the same time. Win-win! However, there may be items you own that need specific materials to be moved safely. Feel free to contact your local movers to get some advice.
Get the right help for your move
Keeping costs low during a move can often mean retaining inexperienced college students to manage a move on your behalf. However, we recommend getting professional help wherever possible. Professional and experienced movers don’t always come with a huge price tag. It’s a good idea to call around and get multiple quotes to find the best deal in your area. Planning a move in the middle of the month or in the cooler seasons can also reduce costs as there is less demand during those times. There are always options for good movers out there, just do your research!
We hope these tips help reduce the costs of your upcoming move. If you’re moving your household, your business, or your office, we can help! Real Pro Movers is an experienced and professional moving company located in Greater Vancouver. We specialize in residential, commercial, and luxury moving services. With a comprehensive fleet of vehicles and a variety of moving equipment, we have the right tools to get the job done. For a limited time, we are offering up to $50 in savings for your next move. Contact us today for more ways to save!