If initial moving quotes are too high, don’t panic. Numerous options for reducing costs exist so your moving estimate is where you would like it to be:

Collect Packing Materials

Do not purchase packing materials unless you have to. Collect boxes from your local grocery stores, ask friends and family for any boxes they do not need, and save newspapers, magazines, and other items that make great packing materials. Clothes work well for packing fragile items, and also save space because you won’t be using separate boxes for clothing.

Donate and Sell

Reserve a day prior to the move for serious culling. Go through your closets, basement, and attic to see what you can donate to charity, give to family and friends, or sell. Hold a garage sale, list items on eBay and other auction sites, and find other ways to lessen your load. You might also want to utilize junk hauling services or donate canned goods to charities, such as Move For Hunger. The fewer boxes you have, the smaller your moving estimate will be.

Schedule a Mid-Month Move

Schedule your move for the middle of the month if possible. Movers are generally much busier at the beginning and end of the month when leases are up. Book mover services around the middle of the month or during the off-season to reduce your moving quote. Fall and winter are considered the off-season for movers.

Get a Tax Break

See if you qualify for a tax break if your move is job-related. You will likely be able to deduct expenses such as transportation, storage, and mid-move lodgings.

Reserve Ahead of Time

Avoid waiting until the last minute to reserve a moving truck or van. Prices are almost always higher if you wait until the week of or a few days before your move.

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