Not only can moving be incredibly stressful, it can also be expensive. If you're searching for ways to minimize stress and expenses, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help make your move as stress-free and affordable as possible. Here are a few to keep in mind for your next move.
Hire Reliable, Affordable Movers
Unfortunately, non-reputable and unprofessional movers are common in the moving industry. These types of movers may:
- Be unlicensed with untrained movers
- Lack customer service or a physical address
- Require payment upfront
- Fail to show up on your moving day
- Charge hidden fees
- Provide a final price that differs from their original quote
- Refuse to provide an upfront price quote
- Lack insurance
- Fail to communicate properly
To avoid the horror of paying an increased rate, having items damaged, lost or stolen or simply paying for unprofessional service, look for a mover that is reputable, affordable, and provides a flat rate or fixed upfront price estimate (based on an evaluation of your needs). If you’re moving in Edmonton, the mover with all these qualities and more is Pro Service Moving.
Move When Others Are Not
Movers are the busiest during 'moving season.' This peak season is usually during the spring and fall and especially on the weekends. And the busier the season, the higher the rates can be and the higher the stress. To ensure your movers are available, to secure the best rate and to reduce the stress that's involved, plan to move during the off season. The off season for moving is, of course, during the late fall and winter, especially late winter. During this time, you will find the best moving rates and maybe even discounts or promotions. An off season also offers less competition and less traffic.
Get Creative with the Packing Supplies
Although packing supplies are generally highly affordable, you could still save time and money on them. For example, there are plenty of places to find free boxes. Asking friends, family or neighbors for boxes or other supplies could prove fruitful. If you aren’t moving far, are feeling creative or want to save money on bubble wrap, wrapping peanuts, etc., you could use other materials for non-fragile items. For example, you could use newspaper, towels or other fabric instead of bubble wrap. You could also pack your towels, clothing, shoes and some other items in totes instead of boxes.
If you're getting ready to move and want to save money by packing your belongings yourself, check out our packing tips.
Save yourself money and minimize stress on your next move! Give us a call for a quote and rest easy knowing your move is in capable hands.