Moving is an exciting time, whether it’s for a new job opportunity, the chance to live in a better neighborhood, or simply for a fresh start. Despite the naturally high excitement levels that moving brings under any circumstances, moving also presents a number of challenges. Beyond organizing, sorting, packing, and selling, one of the biggest challenges of relocation is moving on a budget—and determining how to limit your expenses for a cost-effective moving experience.

While some costs may be unavoidable, there are definitely ways to save money on your upcoming move that can help you breathe a little easier come moving time. In this article, find out our favorite ways to save money on your next move—brought to you by your local moving experts at Allied Alaska. 

Multiple Ways to Save

The secret to moving on a budget is to explore the multiple ways to save your money. Savings much like costs only add up, which is why we have put together a list of strategies and tricks to help you save a little bit more and stay focused on the positive parts of your move.

  • Moving Has An Off-Season: Unless you have no choice, it’s always best to wait until the off-season to move if you want the cheapest moving price from moving companies. Once you get into late fall, but before late spring rolls around—the prices are much lower than over the summer season. 

  • Stick to the Weekdays: Let’s face it. We all like to move on the weekends because work and school aren’t in session. This means more help and less scheduling conflicts. It also means higher prices with moving companies. If budget is your concern, then schedule the move for a weekday in the middle of the week. Not only will you get a better price, but also if you schedule for first thing in the morning the workers will show up fresh and ready to get you packed up.

  • Don’t Buy Boxes: It’s important to start looking for moving supplies early to avoid paying for expensive ones later. Most moving companies will help their customers find affordable or even free moving boxes and other items that will help you make the process easier. You can also visit grocery stores and other establishments to ask for free boxes and packing wrap. If you start looking early, chances are you’ll be able to gather everything you need for free by the time you’re scheduled to move out.

  • Everything is Marketing: We all know that applying for a change of address is important. It lets you keep receiving your mail, which keeps you current on your bills and subscriptions. But did you know that the post office can mail you moving-related coupons? These coupons can make a huge difference in your settling-in costs once you’re ready to begin unpacking.

  • Pick and Choose: Going with the full-service approach with moving companies can cost you a significant amount. If you’re finding the cost to be too high, then consider what you can do instead of having the movers do it for you. Most often, if you’re willing to pack your own stuff or other similar tasks, then you’ll find that a lower quote is in store for you.

  • Know Your Bill: Movers can charge in a number of ways. One of the most common methods is by the hour. If that’s the case, the key to managing the clock is to ensure that all paperwork is in order, elevators are reserved, parking spaces are blocked off, and anything else that will prevent movers from getting your belongings moved quickly. In addition, embrace your organizational habits: if all of the boxes are stacked neatly at the front door, then movers don’t have to spend time tracking everything down.

On the other hand, if your move costs are calculated by the pound, streamline your move by sorting and selling or donating unnecessary items before moving. Organize a garage sale or sell your items on garage sale apps like LetGo, OfferUp, and PoshMark to make extra cash before relocating.

  • Buy Cheap: You will need cleaning and packing supplies. There’s no getting around this. However, you don’t need a $7 pair of scissors or $5 tape when there are perfectly acceptable ones at the local dollar store. When everything is a dollar, you can save a lot more money than you realize.

When it comes to reliable and cost-effective moving services, look no further than your trusted moving team at Allied Alaska. Give us a call to speak with a representative about our professional moving services for local moving and international moves. Or, if you prefer, schedule a free estimate in your home by filling out our online form, and we’ll send out a moving coordinator to your home. During this free, no-obligation estimate, we’ll help you plan an affordable, cost-effective relocation plan that suits your needs and your budget.