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Moving tips that save time and money

There are a lot of costs associated with moving, whether you’re settling into a new apartment or going across state lines. However, there are a few things you can do to save money in the process. Follow our guide on how to save money while moving.

Moving tips: Before and during

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From using up pantry items leading up to your move to utilizing your own items as packing supplies, there are several ways you can help cut costs before and during the process. This is how to save money while moving:

  • Get rid of items you don’t use: The less you need to move, the more time and money you can save. Take inventory of the item you no longer use and create piles for items that can be sold, donated or thrown away.

  • Use food items in your pantry: Stop dining out and save money by eating any food you have in your pantry or refrigerator leading up to the move. This will also save you time on having to pack these items later.

  • Use what you own to pack: Save money on bubble wrap and boxes by using things around the house as packing supplies. Example, you can use towels or bedding to wrap fragile items in and you can pack clothes inside any luggage you have.

  • Get help from friends: Hiring movers can be expensive. If you don’t have many bulky items to move, ask your friends to help you pack, load items into your car or rental and unpack at your new home.

  • Move during off season: The summer months tend to be peak moving season, which means prices for housing, utilities and professional moving companies go up. If you can wait, save your move for fall, winter or spring.

  • Compare moving quotes: Don’t just choose the first hiring company you find, do your research. Call around and compare quotes to make sure you’re getting the best price.

  • Transfer or get a new internet service: If you’re staying in the same zip code, call your internet provider to have your services transferred. Ask about pricing at your new area. In some cases, even moving a few blocks can get you a better deal. Or, if you’re moving to a new town or city, check your internet service options and ask about promotional prices. Providers like Cox make it easy to check services in a specific area code online and view any current promotions. You should also research local hotspots/wifi connections in case your services are shut off.

Cox Customers: Cox will help you transfer your service to your new address. If you no longer live in a Cox service area, we’ll make cancelling easy. Move/Transfer Cox service.
Moving to a Cox Service Area: Find out if new your address is in Cox’s service area, so you can order Internet, TV, Homelife & more.  Shop Cox services.
Schedule utility appointments: Avoid moving into a new house that doesn’t have any utilities set up. Coordinate appointments for your internet, water, electricity and cable before moving in to avoid having to spend money on a backup plan. Also make sure you’ve designated a date to turn off services at your previous home so you aren’t paying for utilities you won’t be using.

Get free moving boxes

There’s no need to spend money on boxes, simply invest a little time looking for them. Here’s where to get free moving boxes:

  • Collect from your deliveries: If you make online purchases, start saving any boxes your packages come in for your move, including any bubble wrap or tissue.

  • Count your large items: Moving furniture and other large items can be a challenge. Take an inventory of large pieces, such as couches, tables and bed frames, so you can figure out how much help you’ll need. If you choose to hire a moving company, knowing how many pieces can also help get you an accurate estimate.

  • Ask your local stores: Many grocery or convenience stores throw away the boxes. Visit a local store and ask them when their next shipment comes in and if you can pick up any empty boxes.

  • Check online forums: Many people move around the beginning or end of the month, which means they’ll be throwing away boxes as they unpack. Check online platforms like Facebook, Craigslist or Nextdoor to ask if anyone has boxes you can have.

Tips for moving out of state

Moving across the country requires thoughtful planning. Whether you’re putting your items in a moving pod or hiring professional movers, here are tips for moving out of state that can help save you money:

  • Keep valuables with you: Sometimes items can get lost during transport. Avoid having to spend money replacing them and keep your important items, like birth certificates, medications, jewelry and car titles, with you.

  • Start packing early: Packing always takes longer than expected. Start early so everything is ready to go on moving day. If you’ve hired professional movers, keep in mind that any delays could result in extra fees.

  • Know when items will arrive: Depending on your moving company, your items may take days or weeks to arrive at your new home. Pack essential items that you’ll need while you wait to avoid having to make unnecessary purchases.

  • Review professional movers: Don’t assume all moving companies charge the same or offer the same prices. Do your research and read the fine print before signing a contract to know what you’re paying for and what possible fees could arise.

  • Book hotel stays: If you’re planning to be on the road for more than a day, make reservations where you plan to stay. Depending on the time of year, places can book up or increase in price if you don’t plan ahead.

Tips for moving furniture

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If you want to save money and transfer large items yourself using a U-Haul or a personal vehicle, here are some tips for moving furniture:

  • Disassemble if you can: The more you can break down a large furniture item, the easier it will be to move. Separate any removed pieces, such as cushions, drawers and knobs. Also break down things like sectional couches and bed frames so they can easily fit through door frames.

  • Gather moving equipment: Gather equipment to help move large items like sliders, dollies and furniture straps.

  • Protect your furniture: Avoid paying to have items cleaned or repaired after the move by using blankets or plastic wrap to protect them.

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