Many times the reality of moving is replaced by beautiful pictures of new shiny trucks and movers with ironed shirts and electronic clipboard.
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Moving expenses can get out of control really quickly – you need to prepare yourself to save money when moving from the very beginning – here are 99 Ways to Save Money When Moving:
1. Buy disposable booties for movers if it rains during your move – this could save money getting carpets cleaned. This is especially true if you are moving into a newly constructed building where the landscaping hasn’t been finished.
2. Schedule your move for off dates mid-week. The beginning, middle and end of the month are usually very expensive and book early. Plan for a weekday from the 7th-12th or 19th to 24th for the best rates.
3. Don’t pay for moving insurance if you already are covered through homeowners insurance – you will have to call and check your policy.
4 Donating your items to Salvation Army or other non-profits will reduce moving costs and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt which will save you money during tax season.
5. Using a moving calculator, get your weight and negotiate the best moving company rates.
6. When moving long distance, you have to consider if your items are worth shipping – for example if your mover charges $.80/pound to move from NYC to Miami – a 200 pound table is going to cost $160. You may be able to get a new IKEA table in Miami rather than pay for shipping your old one.
7. Don’t pay for packing materials. You should be able to find slightly used boxes on craigslist, liquor stores, big box stores like Costco, Walmart.
8. Move during the off-season. January-March are usually much less expensive than June-December.
9. If you are moving to/from a major city – think Boston, NYC, DC – steer clear of long distance movers who charge shuttle fees. A shuttle is a smaller truck that can get into smaller roads and on Manhattan – this can save thousands.
10. Ask your moving company to include any and all additional fees that may pop up.
11. When packing, use towels, socks, clothes to cushion breakables.
12. Pack vertically to save space and reduce chance of breaking dishes and items.
13. Make sure your movers provide free moving blankets. If they do charge for rentals, you can use your own blankets.
14. Get a flat rate moving price when you move.
15. Nest smaller items in larger items to save moving boxes.
16. Consider buying see through plastic crates that you can reuse instead of boxes that will be thrown out.
17. Garage Sale – nuff said.
18. Enlist your friends instead of paying for moving labor if you are loading/offloading a shipment.
19. Dishes can be packed using packing paper – don’t pay for bubble wrap.
20. Pack all of own stuff. If you really cannot pack everything – leave anything expensive and annoying ( dishes and breakables) for your moving company since they are responsible for anything they pack.
21. If you need storage, find a facility that will give you a month free.
22. Make sure your movers will not charge for stairs or a long haul.
23. Organize your move – write down crucial steps to your move so you don’t forget any necessary steps.
25. Consider shipping books via FED EX or USPS – it may be less expensive than paying heavy weight charges on long distance shipments.
26. For a local move, move over boxes and breakables yourself – hire movers to move big, heavy items that could injure you.
27. Negotiate moving fees – suggestions would be negotiating taxes, tolls, mileage or fuel fees.
28. Make sure your movers have a flat rate for travel time – you don’t want to be paying for them to sit in a traffic jam – or worse hanging at the gas station.
29. You can sell moving boxes at Box Cycle
30. The Dollar Store has cheap plastic bins and cleaning materials for the
31. Find movers who will keep your items on a truck if you need storage for a few days or overnight. You don’t want to pay for 2 moves.
32. Find movers who have their own storage facility just in case there is a last minute change.
33. Make sure storage fees are prorated – you don’t want to pay for an additional month if you are only there for a few days over.
34. Measure your furniture before moving it and know where it’s going – most local movers pay by the hour. Don’t pay for them to move furniture twice.
35. You can move non-perishable food.
36. Movers don’t move flammable materials including gas tanks for grills so make sure yours is empty or plan on moving it yourself.
37. For an extensive wine collection, hire professional movers and make sure it is insured. Many movers are not qualified and don’t understand the importance and proper packing procedures for wine and specialty materials.
38. If you are moving a piano, hire movers that move pianos as well. A private piano moving company can cost over $1000 for a same town piano move. If you hire movers that move pianos as well – they will be trained piano moves but will only charge around $350 for the same move.
39. Most movers will do junk removal – but make sure they are not using the same trucks that they use for moving for junk removal or you could end up with unpleasant after effects.
40. Hire movers with clean trucks and that steam their moving blankets.
41. Hire movers that have their own trucks.
42. Make sure your movers have new trucks and change their fleet every 3-5 years max. There is nothing more costly than waiting for a broke-down truck.
43. Skip UHAUL – they will not reimburse for broken down trucks also if they don’t have a truck for your reservation – you’re out of luck.
44. Leave kids/pets at a family member or friends house during your move.
45. You may want to sell your house furnished – saving you and possibly the new buyer decorating and furniture fees.
46. Rental truck companies will usually price match other competitors – call the 800 number and check.
47. Make sure your movers know if they will need to hoist anything. If they don’t find out until that day, you may need to pay while you wait for other movers to come or you may need to wait until the next day if other movers aren’t available.
48. Find movers who have an online inventory so you can ensure you can input all your furniture so both parties are on the same page and you can be sure moving rates wont change.
49. When moving yourself, drive in off hours saving gas and time.
50. Movers are not responsible for IKEA or pressboard furniture – you really need to consider if it is worth it to move those pieces.
51. Sell your used furniture on craigslist or donate.
52. Optimize utility shut-down dates. Do this in advance – especially if moving out of state so you don’t have to pay for additional days.
53. Make sure your realtor/lawyer accounts for any oil leftover in a tank.
54. Instead of tipping your movers big bucks, consider purchasing a less expensive lunch or snacks and drinks which are usually more appreciated.
55. Appliances may not be worth it to move if they are older – especially if you are moving out of state.
56. Moving a hot tub is not possible to move in the winter if you live in the north. Plan this out in advance.
57. Consider moving yourself by renting a moving truck.
58. If you are looking for a discount moving company – you may want to check craigslist or angie’s list – these companies are not recommended if you have really nice stuff but they can usually handle a dorm or the like.
59. You may be able to find moving company coupons. Do a quick google search for the name of your moving company coupons.
60. Priceless antiques or other expensive items should never be entrusted to a moving company that doesn’t have a great reputation. Seek out movers in your area that have won awards and are active in the community – these are usually the best moving companies.
61. Some moving companies offer veterans discounts as well as educator discounts. Most are only 5% off but if you are moving long distance and your move costs $5000+ – that could be a big savings!
62. Save TV and computer boxes to use for your move – it is really expensive to get custom boxes for these items.
63. Save moving receipts -some moving expenses like realtor fees, etc may be tax deductible.
64. Hire a moving company that charges by weight – not square feet. Square feet depends on the way a shipment is loaded, weight is a true, factual measure of the items you are shipping.
65. Label boxes as you are packing so the movers place them in the right rooms at your new residence -this can save lots of time. As we all know, time is money.
66. Disassemble your furniture when you arrive. But remember, movers cannot put together what they take apart. This is especially true for baby cribs and bunk beds.
67. Swingsets and hot tubs cost a bundle to move. Strongly consider selling these items with you house. It just isn’t worth it to move these items.
68. There is a box service called box buddy that recycles boxes – right now they will send 30 boxes for $90 – these prices are about 25% than your local mover but they do reuse which is earth-friendly.
69. Use coffee filters or Styrofoam plates in-between dishes.
70. Put hanging clothes in garbage bags – you can save money on wardrobe boxes.
71. There are charities that will pick up your old, unwanted furniture for free. Some moving companies offer a free delivery of furniture to charities as well.
72. Some cities have utility concierges that will negotiate utility expenses to find the best deals for you.
73. Have any special tools ready for the movers. Moving companies usually have a basic set of tools including allen wrenches. However, if your furniture was purchased overseas there may be special tools that are needed to disassemble and reassembled.
74. Upcycle moving boxes to make them awesome.
75. Try not to close on the last day of the month. Sometimes there are delays in recording the property which will mean your items will have to stay on a truck overnight. Overnight fees should be about $150/night.
76. Take pictures of your space before you move in and after you leave in case there are landlord issues.
77. Use old toilet paper rolls to hold jewelry so it doesn’t get tangled en route.
78. If you are moving long distance, call a reputable mover in the city you are moving to. They can usually book at much lower rates because you would be a back-haul.
79. Basic moving coverage is always free – movers must award it to you.
80. Don’t trust a low-ball estimate – you pay for what you get and no truer words were ever spoken when this relates to moving costs.
81. You can leave fitted sheets on mattresses to protect them although your movers should put shrink wrap on them too.
82. Be precise with your moving company. Your estimate is only as accurate as you are.
83. Don’t pack liquids. You really don’t want spillage all over your items.
84. Find long distance movers with guaranteed delivery and pick-up dates – the last thing you want to do is wait around in anticipation for “up to 14 days.”
85. Use a moving company that won’t sell or barter or trade your move – make sure they do their own moves.
86. Make sure you get copies of weight tickets – any moving company can claim your shipment weighs a certain amount – make them prove it with copies.
87. Your moving company should give you a detailed inventory of the items you have moved – keep this with you.
88. Make a necessities bin which includes everything you need for your first night – toilet paper, cleaning products, sheets, clothes, medications, etc.
89. Portable storage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – check the reviews. Also, they are very easy to break into.
90. Hire a safe, reliable moving company – you don’t want rogue movers showing up at your house.
91. Make sure your moving company CORI checks all crew members.
92. Have cold drinks on hand – everyone works better when hydrated.
93. Take a picture of your electronic cords or label them so you can remember what they go with.
94. Keep all screws, bolts and nuts in baggies so they don’t get mixed up with your shipment.
95. Check moving company reviews before hiring. Remember yelp reviews aren’t reliable as moving companies can pay for good reviews. Trust customer lobby or google.
96. Find the best questions and the answers your movers should have by using a compare movers worksheet handy.
97. When hiring packers make sure you are getting charged by hour instead of by the box. You will unpack to find three cups in one box…trust me.
98. If you have awkward items that don’t weigh a lot like kayaks or basketball nets – you may be charged a bulky item fee. See if your movers charge additional fees for bulky or unstackable items.
99. Make sure your moving company isn’t going to offload, reload or swap your shipment before delivery.
Being frugal while moving can be a challenge. These tips are priceless and can help you navigate to a low-cost move.
Homeowners Insurance policies vary completely so the first thing you need to do to see if your homeowners insurance covers moving damage is confirm with your agent. There is a huge disconnect between homeowners agents we have spoken to and the “google answer” as you will see below. We have also added a section below on how to completely protect yourself from loss during moving.
While homeowners does typically cover your personal possessions during a move there is often some ambiguous terms relating to when, where and if your items will be covered. Jeff Johnson, an Arbella agent states moving damage or loss is covered if it is related to a peril listed in your contract.” In other words, there has to be a catastrophe to be covered. These terms conflict with the google answer:
“gray area of homeowners’ insurance that we discovered: Some policies will cover damage to belongings while they are in your home. However, they will not cover damage that occurs while the belongings are in the possession of the moving company or in transit”
which we found google’s answer to be incorrect. In fact, homeowners insurance seems to be effective while your goods are in transit if there is a major catastrophe – fire, theft – that is when your homeowners insurance is activated.
Johnson has also stated “If the moving truck is in an accident or there is a fire/theft while transporting your belongings and your property is damaged, you’d most likely be covered by your homeowners policy. ”
You are not covered if your moving company damages your furniture during moving. For example, if the legs of a table are damaged and the table cannot go back together, your homeowner’s insurance will not compensate you – you will have to file a claim with your moving company which you will find specific instructions below.
Another consideration will be your deductible. Most homeowners insurance policies include a $1000 deductible. If you claim a computer or TV is stolen from your move – you may not be covered due to the fact that the item with depreciation subtracted may not even be worth the $1000.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOVING DAMAGE?
Moving companies are liable for $.60/lb/article for any moving damage. Therefore if a table breaks while moving and it weighs 100 lbs. The amount a moving company is responsible for is $60! Moving companies are not liable for damage to an actual residence ( i.e. walls, doors, etc.). Moving companies are not liable for any items they don’t pack. There are a few movers that offer full replacement value coverage for a move- here is a quick rundown of what you should do to keep yourself protected from moving damage during your move:
Of course, talk to your homeowner’s insurance – and get all of the details. What, when, and how much they cover.
Find a moving companies that offer full replacement coverage for the instances that your insurance agency will not cover moving damage. There are only a handful of moving companies that offer full replacement moving coverage. And only a few of those offer coverage at a reasonable rate.
Compare moving estimates including coverage rates. Many van lines full replacement value coverage rates are so high – over $1000 for an interstate move which is usually what their deductible is! In which case there would have to be a major issue in which your homeowner’s insurance would kick in.
The best moving companies will allow you to choose coverage when they arrive at your place- not beforehand. The movers that make you choose beforehand will most definitely have two types of moving crews – the customers who choose coverage will get the good crew. The ones who don’t opt for coverage will be be covered only at the $.60/lb so you can only hope for the best.
Always check moving company reviews from verified sources – they can shed light on how moving companies are handling damage.
If there is damage during a move, your moving company will most likely send you through their claims company which is a lengthy process – you won’t see any compensation for 3 months or so. Your best bet is to offer a reasonable amount for your moving company to credit back to you – it can save a lot of time on both ends.
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It’s almost moving day and you have procrastinated finding a mover – You need an instant moving estimate – a fast, convenient estimate for the cost of your local or long distance move. This moving estimator is a godsend! Not just a ballpark estimator, it gives you a flat rate, guaranteed price based on your exact inventory. Most “instant moving quote” sites are just information gatherers where you will be called/emailed by lots of different moving companies. Not only that but these are ballpark estimates which means they can change by the hundreds or even thousands if you are moving out of state. Although it may sound great to have a bunch of movers call you with quotes- you will get called and emailed a hundred times a day – from moving brokers all over the country. This instant moving estimate form is private and emails over a quote without the high pressure sales calls or emails flooding your inbox.
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Fill out the city/state or zip codes you are moving to
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If you require an in-home estimate – you can schedule a on-site estimate right on the same screen. A representative will be dispatched an you will get an appointment to receive a detailed, in-home moving estimate from a moving expert.
For more information on moving estimates and how they are calculated you can check our moving estimate blog post.
Were you one of the people that vowed to move to Canada if Trump was elected president? Well, it’s not your imagination – it really happened. Now the real questions about finding movers and how much it actually costs to move to Canada.
Canada is a huuuuge country. It’s true. The moving costs to move from Boston to British Columbia Canada will be much different than moving from Seattle to BC. Even BC is a large area so whether you are moving to southern BC or northern BC – this makes a big difference. Essentially, moving from the United States to Canada is charged per pound. The rates per pound will range from $.50 ( Seattle to Vancouver) to $2.00 per pound ( Los Angeles to Montreal). To make things easier – I have picked the most popular moving destinations in Canada: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Winnipeg to give you an idea of cost of moving to Canada:
Moving to Boston to Vancouver $1.70-$2.05/pound
Moving from Los Angeles to Vancouver $.90-$1.20/pound
Moving Boston to Toronto $.90-$1.15/pound
Moving Boston to Montreal $.60-$.90/lb
Moving Boston to Calgary $1.50-$2.00/lb
Moving Boston to Winnipeg $1.15-$1.55/lb
Factors that will effect the overall moving costs to Canada are:
time of year of move
availability of long distance moving companies
flexibility of moving dates
actual weight you are moving ( generally the weight per pound and cost per pound have a direct relationship – the more you move the less per pound it will cost)
When researching long distance moving companies to move you to Canada – you need to make sure they don’t have any additional international fees on top of their rate per pound – this can increase your move by hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Some larger van lines charge interstate rates up to $.40 more per pound – so make sure all fees and costs are in writing! A good place to start is finding an online long distance moving estimate to get an idea of your shipment weight.
Other Minor Details of moving to Canada will be outlined in the Canadian immigration website or http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp .
Have you ever wondered how strong of a friendship you and your bestie have? You can gauge your comraderie by their level of help during a move. Let’s put it this way – if there was a ceremony for friendship the “friendship vows” would be ” in moving and in chillaxing.” Check below for our “Should You Help Your Friends Move?” guide – also an accurate evaluation of your bromance.
Everyone who has moved while in college or shortly thereafter knows how precious moving day help can be. Let us help you find out if you should help your friends move:
TYPES OF FRIENDSHIPS and RESPECTIVE MOVE SCORE
Enabling Friendship: Move Score 8 This friendship is a special bond between buds that empower each other to do the impossible. This friend will boost your ego and are definitely one of the best types of friends to call for a move.
Hot and Cold Friendship: Move Score 5 The Hot and Cold friend is like a corked bat. Your hot and cold friend may show up, show up late or not at all but they do, they will easily provide that extra umph to get you home.
Class Clown Friendship: Move Score 3 One of the worst friends to help with a move – this friend loves pranks and those are not appreciated while moving. Also, you will be so busy laughing – nothing will get moved.
Bromance: Move Score 9 You know that friend who completely admires you for whatever reason. This is the best friend to invite for a move. This friend will do the entire move for you – to show up and just to be around your awesomeness
Drinking Buddies: Move Score -10 Just. Don’t.
The Long Distance Friend: Move Score 6 If you are moving long distance and actually hiring long distance movers – the long distance friend is a great for moral support – mainly because they won’t actually have to do any heavy lifting.
Helping your friends move can make or break a friendship. Your patience will be tested but after all the back-breaking effort – you’ll become better buds after a move together. Just don’t forget the pizza and drinks.
I am pretty sure this is going to be my favorite post about moving – ever. While I am not quite in the millennial cutoff, I feel a kindred spirit to the average millennial- and that’s probably why – millennials are never “average” – a blog about moving to these unique beings with elevated thoughts and feelings seems so basic.
I have read story after story from companies marketing to millennials and how they have to convey their “story” to this crowd. Well, most corporate “stories” sound like they are mixtures of Ferris Bueller meets Ernest. You’re too Young…Let it Go. Yet corporations still try to classify and advertise their so-called “stories” to these special snowflakes. I think not, I have a feeling most millennials can smell a B.S. marketing agenda a mile away.
Being part of a moving and storage company, not exactly the most buzz-worthy of industries but there are a few things that millennials are doing to affect this industry:
Millennials don’t move as many things as baby boomers, generation x, y and so on. Most millennials are super eco-friendly and we love it! Millennials are more content donating/giving away old furniture than paying for it to move across the country. The usual millennial move is a few pieces of really nice furniture, a computer, flat screen tv and about 40 boxes. There are many moving companies catching on to this and changing the way ( and the speed) in which they get shipments to their customers.
Millennials hate moving companies, and companies in general, that are scams. Slowly but surely, all of the rogue movers are disappearing. Millennials are great at exposing exposing scam companies – and writing about it. So movers – be good!
Most millennials will pay more money for a better moving service. We have found that millennials are inclined to pay for things like expedited service, same day moves from NYC to Boston/Philadelphia/DC/Providence. Essentially, millennials don’t like to wait and are willing to shell out a few additional dollars to avoid doing so. There is no better mover that feels the pain of waiting for things more than Monster Movers – with expedited shipments and advanced logistics – you won’t go wrong. They haven’t been called the “relocation innovators” for nothing.
Millennials move – a lot! Although millennial moves are smaller they move every few years or less and usually to other major cities. There are some major long distance movers that are really catching on to this crowd.
Piano Moving requires a special skill set aside from moving boxes and basic furniture. Most movers will sub-contract another moving company to handle your piano move which can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars in addition to your moving bill. Monster Movers staff are highly trained piano movers – every mover is required to move our own upright piano and grand piano before even going on a move. Our piano movers carry the best piano moving materials including: piano boards, straps, steamed moving blankets, tools and shrink wrap.
It is highly suggested that you hire professional piano movers for any type of piano moving. Injury, damage and inability to reassemble the piano are common issues of those who attempt to do this alone or with a moving company that is not used to moving pianos. Below is our crew moving a baby grand piano. Although it looks easy enough, for those who haven’t done this before – it is much, much harder to move a piano than it looks
Monster Movers is a mover you can trust to move your piano. Approximate piano movers cost:
Upright Local Alone: $425
Upright When Moving Entire Residence: $200
Baby Grand Local Alone: $450
Baby Grand When Moving Entire Residence: $225
Grand Local Alone: $500
Grand When Moving Entire Residence: $300
Monster Movers also offers long distance piano movers to MA, CT, RI, NH, ME, NY, NYC, PA, NJ, OH, IL, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TX, CO, CA, AZ, UT, and WA. Please fill out a moving estimate form for a long distance piano move quote.
Here are links to our most common piano movers needed:
It’s almost impossible to come up with an average cost of a move. There are so many variables which I will outline below. However, for the point of conversation – an average local move cost from trustworthy, licensed movers is approximately $1085. The average long distance moving cost is approximately $4800. What do these totals actually mean to the average consumer? I will discuss below:
Average Cost of a Local Move
The average cost of a local move will depend on a few key factors ( and a few minor ones):
Size of residence – This one is pretty obvious. The average local moving cost takes into account all size homes/townhouses/condos/apartments.
How far you are moving – All moving companies will charge to drive from the old residence to the new one. An in-state move will be charged at an hourly rate.
How packed you are – If your residence is heavily furnished, you will have more boxes and hence, more items and it takes longer to load/unload. If your movers are packing for you this will increase your average moving cost. For the purposes of the average local moving rate of $1085 – we only included moves that did not require more than one hour of packing. If your movers are packing for you the average packing charge for a move is $655.
Quality of movers – This average total was taken from Monster Movers which is a high quality mover.
Additional Items – There are many additional smaller factors that effect the average local moving costs. They are: stairs, long haul, overall layout of your residence.
Stairs/Elevator – If your residence is up/down stairs or an elevator the average moving fee will increase.
Long Haul – Some condos and apartments have long hallways as well some homes have a longer trip to get from residence to the truck.
Overall Layout – If your residence is in an older home that has smaller doorways and tighter spaces to move in/out, expect your move fee to increase.
Average Cost of Long Distance Move
The average cost of a long distance move is much more complicated mostly because of the distances traveled. Here are a few of the considerations included in the cost of an average long distance move.
Rate Per Pound – This is probably the most important factor when considering the average cost of a long distance move. This is essentially the rate per pound that you are paying for your items to be shipped. This rate changes depending on it’s own set of details:
Distance Between the Destination and Origin
Demand – The demand for shipments going from Boston to DC is going to be higher than Boston to Norther Maine. Therefore, the average long distance moving rates will be more going from Boston to Maine.
Price of Fuel – Many long distance movers add a fuel surcharge onto their long distance moving costs. As the fuel fee decreases, the fuel surcharge should decrease. Some movers incorporate the fuel surcharge into their rate per pound ( recommended).
Guaranteed Dates – If a guaranteed pick up date and/or delivery date is required, the average cost of a long distance move will change drastically.
Overall, the average cost of moving services depend on many different factors.
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