Moving is an expensive affair. You incur travel and other costs related to moving. You must pay movers for safe and secure transportation of your belongings. Be smart. Try to reduce the cost of moving. If you have limited money to spend then using these tips will help you move on a tight budget.
1. Get rid of all large and unnecessary belongings
Take time to segregate your belongings into the absolutely essential and non-essentials. You may find that you can do without beds, cupboards and sofa sets (if you have rented a fully furnished house at the new place. Sell them off.
The lesser you have the lower it costs to move. Consume all food items. Donate what remains.
2. Get quotes
If you are on a tight budget then it is all the more reason to call in 3 to 5 movers and get a comprehensive quotation. Negotiate and renegotiate with each one. Get them to give a reduced quote.
Explain your situation to the movers. Movers Calgary are understanding and will go out of their way to help you move on a tight budget. You should get at least three quotes.
3. Do the packing yourself
If you are on an extremely tight budget, we recommend you to do the packing yourself. Indicate this to the movers and you will get a lower quote for transportation of your belongings.
Some movers do provide just the transportation services for a lower price. In this, you’ll have to take care of the loading and unloading.
4. Do not buy packing materials
Heavy duty and strong cartons cost money. Never buy them. Instead, look around grocery stores and malls to check if they have boxes to give away for free. Use them. If you cannot get boxes, do not worry. Use bedsheets, towels, and blankets to pack stuff in.
Use newspapers for small articles. Wrap newspapers around them and then put them together and wrap them in newspapers too and tie with string or tape them together.
Use space inside refrigerator and drawers as well as utensils and appliances as packing space. Plenty of crockery and cutlery can go inside the spaces.
Get friends to help with packing, loading, and unloading.
5. Time it right
There are high season and low season in moving. It costs more to move during summer so pick winter or early spring. Some days of the week are busy days for movers. Avoid the weekends. Movers charge extra in weekends.
Similarly, avoid moving on national holidays, the first day of the month and the last day of the month. Do not plan a move during the first week or last week of the month.
6. Transportation cost depends on distance, weight, and dimensions
You cannot do much about the distance. You can reduce weight by disposing of unwanted or unnecessary belongings. You can reduce dimensions by intelligent packing, using empty containers for smaller stuff.
You can reduce cost by keeping packages small and manageable so that you and your family members can lift and shift them. You do not have to pay anyone for loading/unloading.
Even if you can afford to pay more why do so? Use these tips, save money and make moving fun.