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5 Tips to Save Money on a Local Move

Your Local Move Made Easy 

Apple Moving has helped thousands of households navigate successful local moves. Our professional movers know the best move is a stress-free move. Through our experience, we’ve gained some valuable tips and tricks to help you prepare for your upcoming move. Moving efficiently saves you money. Whether you’re moving through the mountains of Colorado, during the summer heat in Florida or anywhere across the great state of Texas, Apple Moving is prepared to make that move as simple as possible. Call us today and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with all of your moving needs! 

1. Budget

If you have an upcoming move, it’s time to start budgeting. Even when moving locally, it’s important to calculate your moving expenses to ensure you remain financially secure. Include things like deposits, storage, packing materials, new utilities, and new furnishings when anticipating costs. 

If you discover you may need to save a little extra prior to your move, you may need to make some adjustments in your current household budget. Consider disconnecting your current internet and cable prior to your move to save some extra cash. Shopping around for new utility and internet/cable providers for your new home can help you save on upcoming monthly expenses. 

2. Organize & Declutter

The first thing you should do when planning your upcoming move is to create a moving checklist. Itemize the things you’ll need to do at your current home as well as the things you’ll need for your new home. Write down every person or business you need to contact prior to your move. This should cover utility companies, doctor’s offices, your local DMV and post office, etc. 

Be sure to include on your checklist everything you’ll need to pack. It’s helpful to go room by room to ensure you don’t miss anything. Don’t forget the garage and attic spaces! This is a great time to declutter and organize your household. You may even be able to make some extra money on items you no longer need or want by having a garage sale, listing items on Facebook Marketplace or Ebay, or by listing items in your local online neighborhood groups. This is a great way to add some padding to your moving budget. 

If you don’t have time to list and sell items, consider decluttering and donating your goods to a local charity or thrift store. Request an itemized receipt so you can deduct the cost of the donated items from your income taxes.    

3. Plan & Schedule

An efficient and cost effective move takes planning and coordination. Begin planning your moving process as early as possible. Consider things like how you will move furniture downstairs, through doorways, across town and into your new home. Take measurements to avoid any wasted time on moving day. 

If you can schedule your move between October and March, this should save you a little on moving costs. Peak moving season is May – September and scheduling your move may be challenging. You can also consider a mid-week move to save on moving costs. As the most popular time to move, weekends tend to book up quickly. 

4. Packing Materials & Storage Units

You can save a lot of money on packing materials by collecting boxes and other packing materials way before your moving date. Pay attention to your online neighborhood groups to see when another move is occurring in your neighborhood. Often, boxes will be available to you for free. Begin boxing up items you don’t use daily as early as possible. This will help you determine the number of boxes you may need prior to your moving date. 

If you’re moving into a smaller home, you may need a storage unit to temporarily store items. Begin your research into local storage facilities and find one that fits both your budget and location. Storage facilities usually have every kind of packing material you may need and may even offer a discount on those items with storage rental. 

5. Do It Yourself

When you move locally, you may or may not need the help of professional movers. Moving takes a lot of time and energy. If you’re moving the contents of your studio apartment across town, you may be able to make several trips in your car. However, when moving a larger household, you may want to hire professional movers. 

The average cost for a local move of a 2 – 3 bedroom home, according to Moving.com, is around $1,250.00. If your time is more valuable to you, it may be in your best interest to hire professional movers. If you have an excess of time – a do-it-yourself move may be just the thing that makes your move affordable. 

If you decide that it’s in your best interest to hire professional movers, Apple Moving is ready to serve you! With locations in Texas, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado – our experienced moving team can get you out of your old home and into your new one with ease. Let us shoulder the stress of moving. Call us today and we’ll help you begin planning your local move today!