Exciting, adventurous, stressful, opportunity, and expensive. What do all of these words have in common? Moving. The idea of new opportunities and new experiences is thrilling. Moving can be as equally stressful as it is exciting. But what people often stress about is the money aspect of moving. We completely understand your worries, and we are here to provide you with ways that we can help you save during your move.

First and foremost, do your research on moving companies before you jump head first and sign a contract with the first company you talk with. Planning ahead and getting on the schedule early will help keep the cost low over the entire process of the move. It gives you an opportunity to take the time to save up for the moving costs, and being able to plan on what you are hoping to get out of your move.

Like with most things, communication is one of the most important ways in helping you keep your overall moving costs down. Be in constant communication with your moving company in regards to the types of furniture/specialty items (like pianos) that you need moved or the services that you are prioritizing. Professional moving companies will give you options for moving, including unpacking or packing services, as well as handling all of the supplies. It just depends on how much you are wanting to budget for the move. Your moving company will work with you in order to make sure you are getting everything you need.

If you are in a time crunch, and you don’t really have the option of taking time to save up moving supplies or to budget for the move, you will have to prioritize what is most important to you in the process of moving. Maybe you don’t have time to try to find free boxes, or even time to go purchase them. Contact your moving company and talk with them about providing boxes as a part of your overall moving package. You could have them come out and help you and your family pack up your belongings, to get the job done quickly and efficiently, while maybe skipping over the unpacking service. It just depends on the time and money you are wanting to put into the move.

One of the best and most overlooked tips for helping to save money on a move, is to get rid of all your excess stuff. Cleaning through all of your stuff and trying to eliminate junk, will help make your move easy in multiple ways. You have to pack and move less, your house will be more cleaned and organized, and it’s no secret that having an overall clean atmosphere helps you be more at ease. Go through every single room in your house, including the garage and attic, and clean out all stuff that you either don’t need or simply don’t use anymore. Plan a garage sale to try to earn some extra cash with all of this stuff and use the money to help pay for your moving costs! It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Planning ahead and working with a moving budget is one of the best ways to help you save while you are moving. Keep in communication with your moving team to keep you both on the same page and to avoid any additional moving costs that can come along from lack of communication. With these moving tips, you will be able to better plan for your move while keeping your costs low. Share your own tips with us in the comments below!