“I’m very excited to move to California – especially after the Bomb Cyclone storm!” Maria said. “But it’s my first long distance move. I don’t have a lot of stuff – just my personal possessions and a few pieces of furniture – and I want to know how to save money on my move.”
Boston Pack and Ship has been providing small moves for a very long time. We help people move locally, long distance and internationally. We asked our team for their favorite money saving moving tips, and here’s what they had to say:
Downsize. Even if you already live a fairly minimal lifestyle, the odds are that you still have possessions you won’t want to pay to move. For example, the winter clothing that’s so vital in Boston may not be needed in California. The less you have to move, the less you have to pay.
Choose a moving company with no minimum load size. A minimum load size charge is a penalty some moving companies charge households who have fewer than average possessions. It makes your move more expensive and gains you nothing. Find a moving company that doesn’t charge a minimum load fee (spoiler: we don’t!) or ask to have the fee waived.
Schedule smart To save money on your small long distance move, schedule your move for the middle of the month, ideally in the middle of a week. This is when most moving companies have peak availability. Scheduling in advance, rather than at the last minute, will also save you money.
Know what the moving company can’t move for you! Avoid stress and extra last minute expenses by knowing what the moving company can’t move for you. Top of this list is living things, including pets and houseplants. Other no-gos include dangerous items and volatile chemicals: contact your Boston moving company for more complete information.