Moving day is on the horizon, and there are a lot of different things you need to do to get ahead of it all. Your budget is an important part of the process – but there are a lot of things that fall into that. Thankfully, moving quotes are negotiable with most cross country moving companies, so you may be able to cut some costs there if you need to.
That being said, there are a lot of things that you need to know in order to lower the cost of your move. Let’s take a look at how you negotiate your move, along with some other tips about how you can lower the cost of your move.
The Art of Negotiation
Knowing how to negotiate is going to be a big part of ensuring that you are going to be able to get a moving cost that works for the budget you have in mind. But, many people don’t know what they’re able to do in order to negotiate the cost. Here are a few of the things you can try to lower costs.
The first thing that you need to do is ask about any discounts or promotions that they may have available for you. Maybe you can get a reduced cost on moving kits, or you can get a cost reduction based on a referral. Either way, it’s essential to ask – because it may not be publicized a ton, but if you ask, they will tell you and help you out.
You can also lower your costs if you offer flexible dates as opposed to a date set in stone – even if it’s only a range of a few days to a week. If you work with them, they’ll be more than happy to give you a cost reduction based on that flexibility. This is especially true if you are able to move on a weekday rather than a weekend.
Lastly, if you have quotes from several companies, you may be able to use that to ask them to match competitors’ prices. More often than not, they’ll try to match for you if you let them know just how interested you are in hiring them as your main moving company.
Other Options for Reducing Your Moving Costs
Negotiation isn’t the only way for you to reduce your moving costs. Thankfully, there are a handful of different things that you can do in order to further reduce the costs of your move. Here are just some tips that you can use if you’re trying to cut costs as much as possible.
Go to local businesses to get your hands on free boxes: Local businesses of all sorts are going to have boxes that are perfectly sized for your move. The best places for you to look are going to be liquor stores, office buildings (specifically ones that have printer paper – those boxes are amazing for books), and restaurants/food supply stores.
Use what you have as packing supplies: People think they have to spend an arm and a leg on packing supplies when there are plenty of alternatives in your own home. Make sure that every bin and basket is filled with items that need to be moved. Use clean clothes to wrap up fragile items and use clean socks to put inside of glasses.
Move during the slow times of the year: The best way to save money on your move is to avoid moving during the peak times of the year. The busiest times for moves are December, January, and June-August, so if you move at a different time, you’re going to pay less. You will also pay less if you move on a weekday instead of a weekend.
Purge before you pack: You don’t need to move items that you’re not using, that you don’t fit in, and/or you don’t want. So, while you’re starting the packing process, you want to be sure that you get rid of the things that you don’t want to take with you. This will lower the number of boxes you have, which will lower the overall cost of your move.
Get quotes from at least 3 moving companies: You will always get the best results for your moving cost if you actually get moving quotes from multiple moving companies. This helps you to see exactly what is available for you and you can choose the company that is going to give you the best value for the cost of your move.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get a moving quote?
Moving quotes are fairly simple to get. You can either contact the moving companies that you’re considering or connect with a moving facilitator or broker that has contact with several movers. Then, you schedule a walkthrough so movers can get the most information, and they’ll get you a written quote.
What is the average cost of a move?
The average cost of a local move, which is less than 100 miles from your home, falls between $500 and $2500. Long-distance moves can be between $2000 and $5700. The cost will depend on how large your home is and how long it is expected to take to complete your move.
Should I move myself instead?
Sometimes it’s easier and more affordable to move, especially if you don’t own a lot of things. But, if you have a lot of large items and/or you’re on a tight timeline, it may be better for you to go ahead and hire movers. It’s safer, faster, and often less of a headache than doing it on your own.
Finding a Fair Cost for Your Move
Getting ready for your move often includes budgeting. If you’re proactive about what you’re doing, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier to save money on everything. Look at what you can find and be smart about how you’re doing everything. In the end, your move will be a lot more affordable.