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How to Make Moving on a Budget Quick and Easy

Let's just be honest. Moving is a huge pain. Chances are you're excited to settle into your new place, but the thought of the actual moving part makes you queasy. We understand. Here are our tips to make your move as smooth and affordable as possible!

Moving on a Budget

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1. Organize, organize, organize! The first step to ensuring your move is stress-free is organization. Pack everything before your moving day, if not well before, in proper supplies. Bubble wrap the breakables and make sure that box can actually support all of your dumbbells. The next step is to label everything. There's nothing worse than starting to unpack a box in the wrong room. Whether it's color coding boxes or drawing each item on the outside of the box, choose a system and stick with it.

2. Snag Cheap Moving Boxes. If you're a recycler, then finding used moving boxes is the best option. You can get moving boxes just about anywhere, and they might end up costing you nothing! Look on websites like Craigslist.com. You'd be surprised how many people took good care of their boxes and simply want to recycle them by giving them away. Do you work in a large office? If your office gets supplies or the building gets a lot of deliveries, ask to take home the empty boxes. Same goes with large restaurants (think McDonalds and Starbucks) and retailers. You'll rarely get no for an answer.

If you prefer new boxes, check out this deal from MoveOut.com.

3. Choosing the Right Moving Truck. If you're renting a truck to move yourself, make sure you shop around for the best deals. Budget Truck Rental (get 20% off your rental here) and U-Haul are the most common, but look for smaller companies in your city as well. Don't forget to beware of hidden fees. A lot of the same rules apply for renting a car, so check those out here.

4. Choosing the Right Moving Company. If you're going to hire movers, make sure you do your research and read reviews (a great place to turn is Angie's List). SomeSpeedyMover might be the cheapest, but they might also steal your stuff. Get a written contract with prices before you decide anything. All interstate moving companies must be licensed by the federal government and are assigned a motor carrier number you can verify on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association’s website, www.protectyourmove.gov.

Happy National Moving Month BradsDeals readers! Do you have more tips to save on moving costs? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author: Tessa McLean

20 Responses to “How to Make Moving on a Budget Quick and Easy”

  1. Beth says:

    DO NOT use ALLIED, they break your stuff and then refuse to pay.

  2. Rebecca says:

    My husband and I have moved over 20 times in 35 years of marriage. All your advice is great. We have used every moving truck company at least once and even had professional movers a couple of times. When doing it yourself and moving a distance away, I would recommend U-Pack by ABF. They drop off a trailer (like a semi pulls) and just as it says, you pack the truck. The great thing is, they drive it where it needs to go. It isn’t any more expensive than renting a truck and doing it all yourself. I highly recommend it.

  3. Joyce says:

    Get rid of as much stuff as you can. Whether by garage sale, giving it away, or pitching into the garbage; less stuff means less to move. Eat out of your cupboards & freezer in the final weeks before your move to use things up. It doesn’t make sense to pay or work hard to move a $1 can of beans.

  4. Lianna says:

    You can easily live on 50% of what you now own. Sell anything you dust but has no purpose, throw away anything that annoys you, like half-broken toasters and gadgets. Get rid of all clothing that doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn for a year. Get rid of mismatched items and odds and ends.

    What you’ll save in the move can be used to replace necessary items.

  5. Kara says:

    When I read Rebecca’s post, I thought I may have written it myself! We have moved a lot and used many methods and movers. ABF U-Pack is by far the best, especially for long distance moves. I am not sure if they are cheaper if you are just moving across town, but we figured it was cheaper for us than driving a U-Haul. When you add in the cost of gas and stress of driving a moving truck, ABF U-Pack is so worth it!

  6. Candice & Greg says:

    Planning a relocation from SLC, UT to Charlotte, NC in the next 6-8 months. Currently having yard and garage sales to get rid of stuff we no longer need or want to pay to move. Feedback on moving companies and/or other tips/suggestions greatly appreciated!! Has anyone ever moved across country towing a car with a rental truck? We are considering this method, U-Pack or other POD methods and also professional moving companies. Would especially appreciate feedback on professional moving companies pros/cons and those to stay away from. Thanks in advance for any help!

  7. Kelly C says:

    Hi Rebecca! We are going that route with getting a U-Pack next month for our 700 mile move. I’m glad to hear a good recommendation as its our first time using them. Thank you!

  8. kelly says:

    I would agree with Beth, allied broke furniture, pictures, stuff missing, and they denied everything, even tho. They packed all r stuff for us.

  9. Петружкова says:

    Здравствуйте,

    Хотела у вас узнать, межпозвоночная грыжа – насколько это серьезно и как побороть ?

    Обдумываем варианы с мужем, в России лечат , но с помощью операции, а это пока не входит в планы. Советовали Китай, госпиталь в городе курорте Циндао, там вроде лечат, затем Пекин и Шанхай. Если кто был отпишите пожалуйста, особенно интересует хун чан.

    Спасибо, Ольга

  10. Pat Chapin says:

    If you have saved those plastic bags that try to destroy the environment, here’s a perfect use for them: put a few crumpled bags inside one more bag, and you have the equivalent of bubble wrap, but free! So, use one bag to wrap your wineglass, but use a few more inside each other to bolster the glass away from others, and don’t waste your money or the Earth on bubble wrap.

  11. Kay says:

    Gather your strong-backed friends and a couple of pick-ups and give them barbeque when it’s done (include their wives and kids, of course!)

  12. Teresa says:

    I just researched this for my daughter & family. Budget has a great special until May 23rd for long & local moves! Plus, don’t just sign up online & take that price as the bottom line!
    I gave my son the info on Budget & Penske, he then called each local pick up shop & first was quoted the prices I gave him(with discounts, AAA, Military,online only, etc) then, told the one to better the other!
    Well, Budget gave him a GREAT DEAL, Penske only came down a bit.
    The best thing was Penske called him the next day & attempted to lure him to use them unfortunately, the never came down to Budget’s best. He contacted Budget & informed them about Penske dropping their price $40. & Budget MATCHED THAT! Wow!
    This my friends IS capitalism in action! Love it!
    God-Family-Country,

  13. Tessa from BradsDeals says:

    That’s great Teresa!

  14. Shirley says:

    I need to prepare for a quick move. Not planned at all Medical reasons. I am so overwelmed I’m sick just thinking about it. Anyone have an idea about that I have less than a month and funds are limited. Any ideas will help I’ve already started with the boxes.

  15. Barbara says:

    find out when Walmart and other big box stores get their deliveries and go late that night and you’ll get all the boxes you’ll need t no cost.check with Budget and other rental companies including all the pod one, and play them against one another and you’ll end up paying much less but make sure you do this well in advance of your moving date !

  16. Louise says:

    So very sorry Shirley! I guess, because I get overwhelmed too, focus on one area or task at a time! My husband was very ill during our move and I decided to get a pod unit put on our driveway. Family, friends & neighbors helped and we were able to make our deadline. The company stored the unit and we pd monthly until we emptied it. Not the best way to go but for us we had to do it that way. Just do your best and then don’t beat yourself up! I’m praying for you!

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