How to save money on moving expenses

Sept. 11, 2009

First, get rid of stuff. Ask whether you really need or will use everything you're planning to move.

"As you're packing your rooms, pack the things you know you're going to use or things that you've used in the past year," suggests Tim Johnson, managing editor of

If you haven't used it, set it aside, with a goal of getting rid of as much as possible. "It might be more expensive to move it than just get rid of it and buy new at your new place," Johnson says.

That's especially true of large glass items, like tables and shelves, that have to be specially crated to prevent breakage. Also, heavy items like sofas may cost more to move than replace.

You can also save by doing some of the packing yourself.

Non-breakable items, like clothing, toys and book, you can pack yourself with little risk. But remember, most movers won't insure what THEY don't pack.

"They're the experts in packing dishes and glasses. So have them do the difficult, hard stuff. And then you can do the things that aren't going to break," Johson says.

Finally, if you want to save money, be flexible. Movers are very busy at the end of the month -- when most leases start and end, so see if they'll give you a discount for being flexible on your dates.

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