Save Money On Moving Day With These Unexpected Tips

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Every once in a while, we run into a customer for whom money is truly no object. For them, we offer our full white glove service, which includes packing, moving, and unpacking. That’s not the majority of our customers, though. The majority are looking for great service, but also to save money.

Most do at least a little to help save money, but if they don’t focus on the right things, they are likely wasting their time. Here are some dos and don’ts for saving money on your moving day:

Don’t: Move a bunch of boxes

An entire SUV full of boxes will likely only shave minutes off your move. Movers can move packed boxes very quickly. There is one exception, and we’ll get to that in a minute.

Do: Move your electronics, pictures, mirrors, and lamps

Electronics, pictures, mirrors, and lamps need to be boxed to stay safe in a moving truck. However, you can move those yourself with just a few blankets, as long as it’s a relatively short trip. Wrap your tv, pictures and mirrors in blankets, and load them upright (as they’d hang on the wall) between your front and back seats. Take the shades off of lamps, remove the bulbs, and if it’s a floor lamp, load into your car as is.

Don’t: Get rid of stuff after the move

Do: Purge before the move

Hold a yard sale before the move, and make a few bucks plus save on your move. Focusing on selling unwanted furniture instead of old clothing and books, which really don’t add that much to your move. Whatever you aren’t able to sell, donate. At least you’ll get a tax deduction.

The one exception to moving boxes yourself

If you are moving long distance, some movers charge by weight. If you are being charged by weight, take your books to the post office, and mail them book weight. You’ll save a considerable amount of money if you have a significant library.