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Very few people actually enjoy moving. It's a necessary job most people avoid and leave until the last minute. However, it's a necessity of life that we all face, often at many times in our lives.

Moving is inconvenient. It can also be costly. In this article we'll give some suggestions on how you could save a few dollars on your next move. While some costs are unavoidable (like the cost of hiring movers or renting a moving van) taking care of smaller tasks yourself could produce significant savings for you.

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Start Early

Start moving, packing and cleaning your house as soon as you can. When you're prepared you won’t be spending extra money on boxes, storage costs or perhaps rush moving fees. As soon as you know when you're moving, book your moving company. Some moving companies offer mid-month moving discounts. You might save money by moving in the middle of the month rather than at the end of the month like everybody else. If you start planning your move early enough, you may be able to gather enough reusable packing supplies from friends, neighbours and businesses. Have a garage sale or donate some items plenty of time before you move - why pay to move items you no longer need!

Be Organized

  • When you're organized both on moving day and by having your items packed appropriately, you could save money. Remember, many movers charge overtime fees
  • On moving day, be ready. Pack items in strong and secure boxes well beforehand. Label them to ensure correct placement in your new home. To make for a smoother move, remove the items you'll be moving yourself, like plants and valuables before the movers arrive.
  • Move garden tools, lawn mower, patio furniture and other backyard items to the front for faster loading. Clear as much of the basement as you can. Even bringing smaller boxes closer to the entrance will save time.
  • Disassemble as much furniture as possible. Remember to take apart swing sets and other large items. Take beds and tables apart and tape the screws to a prominent part of the furniture so that they aren't lost or misplaced.
  • Be sure the driveway and sidewalks are clear when the moving van arrives. If you're moving from an apartment, ensure the elevator is free for the time of the move.
  • If moving appliances, remove hoses from the washer and dryer to prevent damage to walls and floors. Place hoses inside the appliance for easy recovery.
  • Carry small items and boxes yourself. Avoid carrying heavy and awkward items that require two people.
  • As much as possible, keep children and pets out of the way during moving day. Ideally, a neighbour or friend could care for pets or children on moving day.
  • Before leaving the house check to see that all items have been loaded into the moving vehicles.

At the New House

  • Be organized. To save time, have movers place boxes directly into the appropriate rooms.
  • As much as possible, assemble furniture items yourself.
  • Assist with moving smaller items.

When you're prepared, organized, and try to do as much of the moving as you can, you'll go a long way to saving money! Perhaps the money you save can contribute to a house warming gift for yourselves or a party!

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