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Tips for moving on a budget

July 24th, 2017 - 11:05 AM

How to make a moving budget go further

Leading up to a move, you have many decisions to make. From choosing a new home or apartment to picking a moving company, every choice can have an impact on your moving budget. If you’re trying to keep costs low, a DIY moving service may be the best option. Or if you have a little more money, you might splurge on a crew to help load. No matter how much you want to spend, it’s smart to stretch the money as far as possible. Thankfully, there are some easy choices that can help your moving budget go further.

Plan your budget move with these tips!

Six budget move tips

If you want to cut moving expenses, take advantage of these six simple tips.

Check multiple dates

Just like hotels and airlines, moving companies have days and months with more demand. Many experience peak times at the end of the week, on holidays, and at the beginning and end of each month. When booking your move, play around with the dates to find the most cost-efficient option. 

Pare down belongings

This one is simple: No matter which transportation method you choose, it costs more to move more. This is because more items will require you to rent a bigger rental truck or use more weight or space. If you use U-Pack, you only pay for the spaced used in our trailers, or the number of containers filled. Which means the less you pack, the more you save!

Learn how to pack properly

Similar to reducing belongings, packing well can reduce costs because you’re more likely to use all available space. It isn’t difficult to pack like a professional — we have packing tips, loading tips, and even step-by-step packing how-tos to help.

Take advantage of specials

One of the easiest ways to help your moving budget is to take advantage of specials the moving company is offering. A simple way to save money with U-Pack is to reserve your move online — it comes with an instant $25 coupon!

Compare options

After choosing a moving company, compare the options they offer to make sure you’re getting the best deal available. Equipment types could be priced differently and there may even be cost-saving delivery options. For example, U-Pack typically includes door-to-door delivery, but you can also choose to load, unload, or both at a local service center, which can have significant savings. While it does take a little more work, it can be worth it when moving on a budget.

Take advantage of any tax deductions

This won’t affect your moving budget up-front, but it can save money in the long run. If you’re moving for work, some of the expenses could be tax deductible. If you qualify, deductions include lodging, airline tickets and more.

Wondering how U-Pack will impact your moving budget?

If you haven’t gotten a quote from U-Pack yet, it’s easy. Just fill in a few details about the move (origin, destination, date, and home size) and check rates. U-Pack prices include the equipment, transportation, fuel, taxes and liability coverage — so remember that when comparing prices to other companies. You may find that U-Pack easily fits into the moving budget, and then these budget-stretching options help even more.

If you have questions about saving money with U-Pack, please let us know. We’re here to help!