Moving can be stressful, time-consuming, and costly. Renting the truck alone for in-state moves is usually several hundred dollars. If you’re moving cross-country, you could be looking at a few thousand dollars! According to Zillow, the average move can cost anywhere between $500 and $5,000, depending on the distance and the weight.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can cut corners and save a little money while you’re moving, even if you’re hiring a professional moving company. The most important thing to remember about moving services is that they’re usually paid by the hour. So prepare ahead of time with these tips to streamline your move as much as possible and save big!
1. Professional Moving Services Should be Licensed and Insured
This is an indirect way to save money, but it is so important. Before you pay for professional movers, make sure that they are licensed and insured. Moving services are regulated by the state and are required to be registered with the DMV of DOT.
If your property is damaged during a move and your movers aren’t properly licensed and insured, you may have no way to recoup that loss. You can ask moving companies for copies of their licenses and registration, or you can look them up with your state’s local mover database through the DOT or DMV.
2. Prepare Ahead of Time
Packing–as anyone who has moved before knows–takes a lot more time and effort than you first assume. Maybe this is why there are a shocking number of people still frantically packing last-minute boxes on moving day. This slows down your movers and can end up costing you money in the long run.
If your movers are paid by the hour (as almost all are), make sure that you have everything completely packed and ready to go on the day of your move. This includes closing and taping every box shut securely. Taping everything securely will allow your movers to stack boxes on the moving dolly, which is much faster than carrying each open box individually. It also makes packing up the truck easier and more efficient.
While packing services can be an excellent option for those who are crunched for time or physically unable, they do add an extra line item to the final bill.
3. Organize Your Boxes by Size
This is a very easy way to shave time off your move and save money on hourly moving services. Stack your boxes by size (small, medium, large, etc.) in their own piles.
This is something that most movers do themselves to ensure that they fit everything safely onto the dolly and into the truck. By completing this step for them, you can save as much as 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your home!
4. Don’t Move During Peak Hours
This is an unpopular tip, but it could save you several hundred dollars. If it’s at all possible, move during the middle of the week in winter. Summer is, by far, the most popular time of year to move, so it’s more expensive.
The same goes for weekends. We know a lot of people can’t take the time off work, but if you’re able, it’s usually significantly cheaper to move in the middle of the day on a Wednesday than on a Saturday.
The least popular the time to move, the better the deal will be. So even if you have time restrictions, try to move as close to the middle of the week as possible to save the maximum amount of money on moving charges.
If you have to move during peak moving times, you may be able to save money by booking way ahead of time. As soon as you know your moving dates, call around and start pricing moving services before demand drives prices up.
Disassemble and Disconnect
There are several relatively small tasks that you can complete before your movers arrive to save them time–and you money!
First, disassemble the beds and bed frames before the movers arrive. This is a relatively quick task, but the more bedrooms you have, the more this step adds to your hourly rate! Good moving services offer this as a part of their services, but if you’re on a budget, every minute counts.
The same goes for your washer, dryer, and major appliances. Make sure that anything you’ll be taking with you is fully cleaned out, disconnected, and unplugged on the day of your move. One thing that’s often overlooked is the fridge–be sure to clean it out completely before the movers get there! The last thing you want is spoiled food in the fridge or food splattered all over your other belongings.
If you’re looking for reliable, affordable moving services in Orlando, Broward, Tampa, or Miami, Florida, contact Jochas Moving & Delivery for a free estimate. We work harder, so you don’t have to!