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Reducing Moving Costs On Your Next Move

Whether you are moving locally or moving long distance, reducing moving costs should be one of your top priorities. You basically pay your mover for the volume or weight of the goods you move.

If you would like to reduce your moving costs, reducing the size of your shipment will reduce the amount you pay.

Here are a few tips to help you save money on your relocation:

Get rid of any items, furniture, appliances, clothing, and miscellaneous items that you don’t really use or need. We all tend to hang on to things even though we don’t need or use them. Moving is a great time to get rid of your junk and start fresh at your new home.

The best way to dispose of items is on:

  • Craigslist
  • Kijijji
  • Goodwill donations (Big Brothers, Salvation Army etc…)

If you are using Craigslist or Kijiji to sell your items give yourself enough time ( a week or more) to sell them, and price your items well, if you would like to sell them fast.

A great way to decide on what leaves and what stays is to set up three piles when packing your goods. One pile will be for items you plan to throw out, another for things you will donate and the last will be the stuff you are taking to your next home. Now to decide what pile each item goes in use the “12-month” rule. All you have to do is ask yourself if you’ve used the particular item within the last 12 months. If the answer is no, but the item is still useful, it goes in the giveaway pile. If it hasn’t been used, but it considered junk, it goes in the garbage pile. Make sure to be strict with yourself as you go through your belongings or you may end up taking everything.

Getting rid of these items will ultimately reduce the cost of your move – good luck with the disposal!

 

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There are 2 comments .

Patrick Scheltgen —

Does weight or volume make a bigger difference, for example if some one packs boxes half full, , and uses two boxes instead of one. So what costs more to move two boxes half full, or one full box of equal weight.

Mark Valliant

That’s an interesting question Patrick. You are generally charged by the pound for moving and not by volume, the weight of your shipment will ultimately determine the price. However space on a truck is important as well as there is only a limited amount of space; and so from your movers perspective we would rather see your contents packed into one box if possible rather than two.
Good luck with your packing and try to pack tight.

Thank you

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