Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Move

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If you’re looking to save some money, you can opt to pack your own items to send with the movers. If you are new to packing and moving, read these packing tips to help you get started.

Use Original Box Material

If you can pack something in its original boxing material, do so. Appliances will travel much better if they are packed in the original boxes. To make things easier for  moving companies, put several of these items in a larger box if they are reasonably light. This only helps if they are small items, such as a toaster and an iron.

Pack Light

If you load more than fifty pounds into one box, the moving company will have a harder time carrying the weight. If the weight is too heavy, the movers may require you to either repack the items into more than one box or pay extra for them to move the heavy one.

Label Boxes Clearly

Some moving companies will need to know what is in the box, but only to a certain extent. The main thing to mark is if the item is fragile. You also need to indicate on the box into which room your movers should place it.

Pack Your Books Light

When packing books for the moving company, the important thing to remember is to pack light. Second, pack books in boxes that are as small book boxes. If the box is too large, it will be hard to handle and can fall apart from too much weight shifting.

After you have packed your boxes, tape them up on both top and bottom. You can better prepare for your moving company by stacking the boxes for easy dolly moving.

Mirrors & Pictures: Best Handled by Experts

Some items should almost always be packed by the moving company. You may be able to get by with moving a mirror a short distance without thoroughly packing it, but on a “long distance” move, you will need to make sure that it is fully protected during shipping and handling. If you don’t want to spend the extra money for professional packing, you can often find special moving boxes for items like mirrors, large pictures, glass shelves, and clocks.