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Move For Less | How to Save Money Moving

June 14, 2012

Are you spending a truckload of cash just to move into your new apartment?

Seriously reconsidering taking Rex with you because he's big as a house?

Of course you are. Moving services today are crazy expensive, and Americans are the biggest pack rats in the Northern Hemisphere. But what can you do about it?

As a matter of fact, there's TONS of solutions to your packing problems. Coming up, here's 8 suggestions on how to move for less and SAVE MONEY.

1. Rent a Truck Instead of Using a Moving Service

You'll find the same conveniences when moving your stuff; the only difference is that you'll be driving, not the company workers. And really, you're going to have to get there somehow. Save some money and rent a moving truck, or better yet, fit it all in your minivan.

2. Ask Your Friends to Help Move

They'll do it (or they're pretty terrible friends). If any of them have a large truck, a van, or even just a sense of decency, they can help you move all your stuff in exponentially less trips. Just be careful that they won't accidentally "borrow" anything (see: Moving Theft. It happens.)

3. If It Won't Fit in your New Apartment, Dump It

Check out the layout of your new home, and picture where the furniture is going to go. If you can't find a place for it, you'll be better off selling it or tossing it now, rather than after you've moved it all. Most likely, not all of your furniture will find a place in your new home. This will save you plenty of room in your truck, as well as the costs to move the extra stuff.

4. Hold a Garage Sale

In fact, there's plenty of stuff that you'll be dumping before you get a new home. Old appliances that are bulky and heavy? Get rid of them. Five boxes of Christmas decorations? You probably only need one. Here's a quick list of things you should get rid of:

  • Perishable food
  • Swing sets/trampolines
  • Firewood
  • Old children's toys
  • Pool tables
  • Unused exercise machines (Yes, we know you have them.)
The general rule: if you haven't touched it in a year, it's probably expendable.

6. Donate Items to Charity

If you can't sell it, donate it. Benefits: It's tax deductible. If you were looking to spend

5. Cancel/Move Your Utilities

There's a lot of them. If you forget to notify any of them that you're moving, they could continue charging you and rack up a ton of bills pretty quick.
  • Telephone company
  • Electric/Water/Gas companies
  • Newspapers/Magazine subscriptions
  • Garbage disposal / Lawn services
  • Homeowner's associations
  • Gym memberships
  • Homeowner's insurance
And notify your credit/debit card providers, your banks, your Post Office and various contacts, and Social Security to make sure they know you're moving.

6. Don't Take Flammables

This seems pretty intuitive, but you'd be surprised at how many people decide to take their lamps or butane tanks along with them for the ride: and end up in pieces on the roadside. Don't take paint, lighter fluids, matches, or cleaning fluids as well, or if you do, separate them far apart. How does this save you money and help you move for less? By preventing you from paying for years of medical premiums. Don't do it.

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7. Deduct your Moving Expenses

Yes, it's a thing. Our government allows you to deduct moving expenses on your tax return, saving you potentially thousands of dollars. See an introductory article Claiming Moving Expenses and make sure you get whatever money back that you can. This time, its You: 1, Big Government: 0.

8. Get your Packing Supplies in Bulk (Or Rent Them)

Try to estimate the number of boxes and amount of tape you'll need, and then buy about 1.5x that. You'll end up using it, trust us. By buying in bulk, you'll save yourself money, organization, and multiple trips back to the nearest discount retailer. Alternatively, you can rent moving boxes and have the company pick them up from your new location when you're done.

Using these 8 tips will easily help you move for less and save money moving! Take them into account!


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