How can you save money on moving costs?

Moving.  The mere mention of the word makes you tired.  

There are good movers, bad movers and some in between.  

Seems like everyone has had a bad moving experience or knows of someone else who has had a bad moving experience. 

When I first moved many years ago.  I hired a very reputable moving company.  Unfortunately, the gentleman who was moving my goods (married with an 8 month old baby)  abandoned the moving truck with all my worldly possessions in it, including my sports car and went out on a drug binge. The moving company had to break into the truck so they could deliver my goods because they couldn’t find the driver.

Every single box arrived damaged in one way or the other.  Good thing I packed well, boxes within boxes, etc. Only one item was broken and the moving company repaired it.  Talk about stressful though.

So years later when we moved locally, I was extremely careful who we hired. I also found out some valuable information in the process too.

Things you may want to know…

Moving companies charge like hotels.  You will pay higher rates around the 30th of the month, the 1st of the month and the 15th of the month.  You will also pay higher rates in the spring and summer than in the fall in winter too. The general public is usually not aware of rate differences and the moving company does not reveal this information to you either.

So, how do you save some money on moving costs?  If possible, move when everyone else is not moving. Some moving companies will give you a rate discount if you are not moving at the middle, end or beginning of the month. You will have to ask the moving companies directly, if they offer any discounts if you don’t move at the prime times of the month. Some moving companies will offer you a discount and others will not, but they don’t tell you this unless you ask them.

 

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coconews
    May 23, 2008 @ 07:49:38

    Of course, one has to take into consideration that as fuel costs rise so will moving costs.

    Discounts may get harder to find as fuel costs keep rising.

  2. Vansanity
    May 23, 2008 @ 18:02:59

    Hey Coco!

    Nice work on all your articles, definately some good info. I can’t really add to the convo, but thought I’d drop a line let you know it’s cool what you’re doing!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. coconews
    May 23, 2008 @ 18:49:11

    Vansanity,

    Thanks.

    I’m glad you like the blog.

  4. Strataman
    May 24, 2008 @ 09:34:23

    Hi Coco! Some tips about moving some might be interested in if they are moving to a hi-rise condo. In most places you will pay for a 4 hour move-in time slot $150 to $200. If your moving company is LATE which happens quite often you still will only have the four hours originally booked, you may have to pay for ANOTHER four hours to the strata. If some one is booked right after you (very common in large towers) you will have your moving company cut-off at your alloted time irregardless of the fact that you may be half moved. When hiring a moving company tell them in writing that they are responsible for all charges, waiting time etc if they do not arrive at the alloted time. They may have to store your stuff for free and come another day, and pay the new move-in charge. Tell them you will give a deposit (if required) at the door when they arrive on time! This happens a lot and owners are astounded when their move is stopped after the booked time, as the next person arrives on time. The usual excuse is the moving company is late. Doesn’t matter you may be SOL!

  5. coconews
    May 24, 2008 @ 10:01:43

    Strataman,

    We never lived in a large high-rise, just medium sized low rises, townhouses, houses, etc. so I was clueless about move in time limits for high-rises. Plus, we never had to pay a move in or move out fee either.

    Thanks for the great info.

  6. coconews
    May 24, 2008 @ 16:50:04

    Does anyone know if rental apartments have move in & move out fees, plus time restrictions?

    I guess whether you rent or own a condo or apartment, you have to thoroughly check out the moving rules before hand.

  7. coconews
    May 24, 2008 @ 16:56:30

    Vansanity,

    Ooops! Silly me, I accidentally deleted your new comment instead of my own comment. Please post your comment again. I’ll try to do better next time, tired blog owner.

  8. Bill
    May 25, 2008 @ 06:44:28

    Thanks for the moving money saving tip.

    Any chance you know anything about hotels? Seems every time I call even if it is 5 minutes later, I get a different rate.

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