Moving expenses can be sneaky. 

The down payment and security deposits we need to secure a new home get a lot of attention, so it’s easy to forget that moving itself has costs, too. And they can add up. From packing supplies to movers to moving trucks, there’s a lot to budget for during a move

Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks to cut moving costs. Here are five ways you can save money during your next move.  

Don’t buy boxes

Who says you have to buy dozens of boxes when there are so many free ones lying around? Start saving your Amazon and other delivery boxes a few weeks before your move. If you’re an avid online shopper, you’ll be surprised by how many you accumulate. If you have your friends and family members save their boxes for you too, you’ll likely amass a good number of boxes. You can also search online sites, such as Facebook Marketplace and Nextdoor to see if anyone in your area is giving away free boxes. 

Don’t forget to check with your local grocer or liquor store, too. They constantly receive shipments and have to break down boxes, so they may even be grateful if you take a few off their hands. Make sure that whatever boxes you receive from stores don’t have leaks or damage. 

Finally, use all the existing containers you already own, including large plastic storage containers and even your luggage to pack your items. 

Stock up on paper products

You’ll likely need packing paper, bubble wrap, and other materials like packing peanuts to pad your delicate items, such as your dishes and glassware. Cut costs by collecting free newspapers and magazines that you see in stores. Even old office papers and tissue paper from old gifts can provide an adequate cushion to protect your items if you scrunch them up into balls.

And if you’re close to your moving date and don’t have any paper products around the house, you can wrap fragile items in linen sheets or towels.  

Sell unwanted items

Before you pack, it’s a good idea to declutter and separate out the items you don’t want or use. There’s no need to waste time, effort, and money moving things into a new home that you don’t plan to enjoy. If those unwanted pieces have value, try selling them on online sites, such as Marketplace and Offerup. You may even have success selling items to friends and coworkers or having a garage sale. You’ll be able to put the extra money toward furnishing your new home with items that you actually love.

Recruit friends and family to help you move

You’ll save a ton by moving items yourself, and if you need extra help, enlist friends and family to help you move instead of hiring professionals. If you’re on a budget, you can likely convince your friends to help you pack and move, especially if you buy the pizza!

Choose mobile storage over a moving company

Renting a mobile storage unit is often hundreds of dollars cheaper (not to mention less stressful) than hiring a moving company. While moving companies often charge by the hour on moving day, mobile storage facilities, like UNITS of Baltimore, deliver a storage container to your door up to 30 days prior to your move at no additional cost.   

And since our 12- and 16-feet containers are delivered and then transported to your new home, you’ll save on moving truck gas mileage and other hidden fees. Plus, you won’t have to take multiple trips back and forth to move all your items.

Curious about how much it costs to rent a mobile unit in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties? Get a personalized quote or call UNITS of Baltimore now.

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