11 Money-Saving Moving Tips

A penny saved is a penny earned, and there are lots of great ways to save on your moving costs. Let’s be real: without careful thought, moving could become a serious money pit.


1. Control your budget

You can’t spend money you don’t have. Before you do anything else, sit down and crunch some numbers. What’s realistically in the budget, and what do your needs for moving assistance realistically cost?

2. Take Inventory

How many moving boxes do you need? Do you have friends who will help you pack for free beer, or do you need to hire professionals? The Handled App app can help you estimate your moving costs by scanning your rooms and assessing how many boxes are needed, as well as what size moving truck or moving pod will be needed for the great haul.

3. Quote me on that

Once you have your budget established, and know what you need to get the job done, hop online and compare rates. You should at least price-compare and get rates from a few moving companies before making a decision.

4. Pack it yourself

Perhaps the cheapest and fastest way to find moving help is to call up some friends and have a packing party. Doing this will not only save you several hundred dollars, but also give you some good quality time with your favorite people.

5. Get used boxes

Believe it or not, free moving boxes are easy to find. There are a lot of places willing to donate their discarded boxes for your cause. The liquor store, grocery store, bookstore, or even major retailers like Target are all great cardboard mines to hit up.

6. Choose your date wisely

Some moving days are more expensive than others. Weekends and the beginning and end of the month are usually marked-up. The summer months are especially steep, and moving companies often charge higher premiums. The Handled price calendar can help you price-check by showing which dates will save you the most.

7. Hire labor only

If you don’t have time to pack, but can’t afford full-service, you can move on the cheap by hiring labor to pack and load your moving truck, trailer, or pod. It’s like a full-service move at half the price.

8. Ship your stuff

Believe it or not, shipping can be a reasonable alternative if your possessions are few but hefty, like a Tempurpedic and a few boxes of books. You can have these items shipped across country and waiting for you when you arrive.

9. Kondo Your Move

Let’s face it, we tend to fill our spaces up with stuff that isn’t necessary. What a great time to purge for a new start by assessing what stuff needs moving and storage, or needs to be trashed.

10. Sell Your Stuff

Or better yet, have a yard sale and put what you earn from it towards the move. Decreasing the amount of furniture and boxes full of bargain-bin DVDs will lower the space, time, and ultimately the price of your move.

11. Upcycle Packing Material

Get environmental and creative by upcycling household items as packing materials. Blankets and linen make for great bubble wrap of large and vulnerable items such as furniture, instruments, statuettes, framed art and photographs; crumpled old newspapers and magazines pad fragile items just as tightly and gently as foam peanuts.

Looking for more ways to save on moving and storage? The Handled price calendar will help you choose the moving day that saves you the most.

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