Moving can be expensive, but there are a few money-saving tips for your next move. Whenever you do things yourself, you will save money since you won’t have to pay someone else to do the job.

Even if you pack and move most of your stuff yourself and then hire someone else to do all the heavy lifting, you can still save a substantial amount of money. It’s not difficult to save on moving, but it does take a little planning ahead.

Plan Ahead to Get the Best Deal

Planning will help reduce the cost of moving because time will be on your side, and you are less likely to make rash decisions or get stuck paying full price for moving expenses.

Planning ahead will give you enough time to shop around for the best deals on a moving truck, storage unit (if needed), and packing supplies. You can also shop around for service providers that you will need at your new home, such as internet, cable, and phone services.

Make a List and Stay Organized

Moving can be stressful and somewhat chaotic, but it helps to make a visual list. Keep it handy and add tasks to it as you think of them. Your list may include tasks such as:

• Change of address (make a list of who you need to notify that you are moving)
• Hook up utilities at the new place (and disconnect at your old home)
• Book a hotel (if needed)
• Book a moving truck and storage unit(if needed)

Get Creative With Your Packing Supplies

You can save money on moving by using less bubble wrap and other protective supplies by using clothing, towels, and other soft items to pack fragile and breakable items.

You can also use coats, pillows, and other soft household items to fill in those oddly shaped gaps in your boxes. As a bonus, you are packing things that already need to be packed anyway, and you won’t have as much to discard when you unpack.

Businesses often get rid of their cardboard boxes on shipment day, so you can typically get all different-sized of boxes for free. You may need to call local grocery, liquor, or department stores to find out when they get their shipments in and where to pick up the empty boxes. You may also be able to purchase used moving boxes from a local moving company.

Get Ready for Help

Once you know that you need to move, start asking around if you will need help moving. That way, friends and family will know in advance and will be more likely to help than if you sprang the news last minute.

If you need help moving, be sure to be ready for when everyone shows up. Have boxes already packed and taped up so that they are all ready to be loaded into the moving truck.

If you hire movers, you want them to be able to get started when they show up. If your house is only half-packed they will end up costing you a lot more than you may have anticipated. If your friends and family are helping, they may only have a couple of hours to help you, and you won’t get everything moved before they have to leave.

Lighten the Load

You can reduce moving costs substantially by simply having less to pack and move. Moving is a great time to re-access what you have and to get rid of unwanted items. If you have less to move, you will need fewer packing supplies, and you can even get a smaller moving truck.

You could even sell larger items for a few extra bucks or have a yard sale if you have the time. Then, donate the rest to a local charity and keep the receipt for a tax deduction.