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And, to really get this right, try to avoid moving at the end of the month or mid-month, because those tend to be the busiest times for moving companies, explains Shelly Place, an agent with Triplemint real estate in
New York City. “When demand is lower, you’ll get a better rate on your movers,” she says. If you have some flexibility, call the moving companies and get quotes for various days in the month. Also note that demand
for movers is highest during the summer season.
During my own moves, I’ve had luck going to big-box retailers and picking up cardboard boxes. I went to Walmart at midnight when employees were stocking shelves and it was a cardboard goldmine.
But, JohnnyHarper, the owner of J and J Home Inspections in Hendersonville, Tennessee, has an “out-of-the-box” idea he doles out to homebuyers: Go to local businesses. “This is especially helpful for specific box types,” he says.
“Check your local liquor store for wine boxes, which have special dividers that make packing glasses, mugs, and your favorite bottles of liquor easier.” As for bookstores? They’ve got the ultimate sturdy boxes great for
hauling heavy items, he says. Here other unexpected places to get free moving boxes.
Before you buy boxes or bins, don’t forget to load up your suitcases, laundry hampers, baskets, and coolers, Harper suggests. And put down that roll of bubble wrap—use your towels instead to pad breakables.
You can schedule the date that the USPS actually starts forwarding your mail. But once you put the request in, they’ll mail you a packet of coupons to moving-related businesses, says Harper. (This is a strategy backed
up by Redditors). You’ll score not only score discounts to local businesses, but also—depending on your region—national retailers like West Elm and Kohl’s.
Hiring a full-service moving company can cost at least $1,000 in some cases.
Hire movers for just a portion of the job, like loading the truck, moving big pieces, or unloading boxes, suggests savings expert Andrea .
There’s no sense in moving unwanted items, but it takes a lot more effort to host a full-on yard sale or a garage sale while you’re in the throes of moving. Instead, snap photos of your items and post them on Facebook
Marketplace with detailed descriptions, suggests Woroch. Most times, buyers are willing to come pick up the goods at a time that aligns with your schedule. You can also sign up to sell furniture and other good-looking
wares on Apartment Therapy Marketplace. After all, why spend money moving when you could make money moving?
It can be tempting to go out to eat every night while you’re in transition and don’t have your kitchen completely unpacked. But Kristen Morasan, a realtor with Prime Real Estate/Lifstyl Real Estate in Crown Point,
Indiana, recommends taking some time to meal prep before you move so dinners are portioned out and can be put in your new freezer. You can also order a meal kit service—like HelloFresh or Blue Apron—to be
dropped off at your doorstep on moving day.
Skip pricey wardrobe boxes and instead wrap your hanging clothes with trash bags. Leave the hanger sticking out at the top of the bag so you can hang them back up immediately once you move in, suggests Justin.
Yes, your grandma’s favorite errand is also the millennial moving mecca. Save money and pick up their scissors, bubble wrap, and packing tape for a dollar a pop. “They’re typically cheaper than U-Haul and much
cheaper than using the mover’s supplies,” says Allison Bethell, a real estate analyst with TheClose.com. (Bonus: Here’s how to make some sophisticated dollar store crafts for your new digs).
Movers typically charge by the hour, so the game for getting the best bang for your buck is maximizing your time with them.
Be organized, disassemble items that won’t fit out the door, and get out of the way so theycan get in and out quickly, say the experts at UMOVE.
If you live in an apartment or a condo building, reserve the elevator and have necessary paperwork done ahead of time.
Also, if possible, make sure there’s a place where they can park their truck.