“I’m literally moving three streets over,” Gail said. “I can walk there in less than ten minutes myself. But moving all of my stuff is not something I can do on foot. How can I get this small local move accomplished without spending a ton of money?”
There are three things you can do to keep costs down on a small, local move. A small move is defined as one that involves all of the stuff owned by a single person or very small household – think a few pieces of furniture and personal belongings. Local, for the purposes of this article, includes in and around Boston.
Moving Tip #1: Find a Small Load Moving Company
Not all moving companies are alike. Some moving companies, particularly those that are part of big national chains, charge a minimum load fee. This is an amount of money you have to pay whether or not you have enough possessions to justify the cost. Obviously wasted money! Choose a small load moving company that charges based on what they actually move for you.
Moving Tip #2: Schedule Your Move Off-Peak
The beginning and end of every month, as well as weekends, are the times of peak demand for moving companies. Just like any other service, pricing is lower during off-peak times. That means if you can schedule your move for the second or third week of the month, ideally mid-week.
Moving Tip #3: Downsize Ahead of Time
Even if you don’t have a lot of stuff, you may have more stuff than you want to move. It’s a good idea before any move to go through your things and get rid of things you no longer want, need, or use. These items can be donated, sold, or disposed of.