If you’re moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba or any city in Canada, you’re likely aware of all the expenses that can be involved. Real estate commissions, land transfer tax and legal fees are all costs that might be associated with a big move. Moving long distance also requires you to budget for travel/accommodations, which means a good-sized amount of funding will need to be allocated to the move.
For best and most budget-friendly options you can either A) do a “DIY” move with a rental truck or B) use a reputable, professional moving company. Keep in mind that although people might assume a “DIY” move is the best money-saving choice, it can prove time consuming, stressful and become more costly to do it all on you own.
For example, the cost of a rental truck, moving equipment such as moving pads and wrap, extra drop-off charges and gas expenses can add up quickly. Also, using friends and family to help with loading and unloading can risk your furniture getting damaged and or personal injury.
On the other hand, choosing a professional moving company like Premiere Van Lines might suite your needs better. Not only does this relieve you of a lot of work, but it makes it safer for you to move your possessions while still following your move budget.
Here’s 5 top tips to save on moving costs:
1. Reduce the Weight of Your Shipment for a Long Distance Move
Long distance moves are calculated based on the scaled weight of your shipment. To reduce your costs, go through all your possessions prior and divide them into three categories:
- Items to sell or donate
- Items that can be sent to a recycle centre
- Items to dispose of at a landfill site
If you end up disposing large items like appliances or furniture that were originally included in your move estimate – ensure you let your moving rep know prior to the move day so the can re-do your cost estimate.
2. Move Some Items Yourself on a Local Move
A short distance move is calculated based on the number of hours required to load and unload your shipment. To save money, have the movers handle only furniture and other large items while you move small boxes and clothing into your own personal vehicle. Depending on your closing dates you might even be able to do this in stages, before the moving company arrives.
3. Do Some of Your Own Packing
Although packing for a big move is a large task, you can save time and money by packing up your own boxes and non-breakable items. For fragile pieces, it’s always a good idea to budget and have professional movers ensure it’s done properly for you.
4. Choose a Mid-Month Date for Local Move
Most moving companies have lower hourly rates for mid-month dates and higher-rates for the more popular end-of-month move dates. The same applies for days of the week. If you can schedule your move for a Tuesday or Wednesday, away from the last week of the month, you’ll likely save some money.
5. Book Outside of Peak Period When Moving Long Distance
June, July and August are always peak moving months. If you have flexibility to move outside of this period, you’ll likely save significantly on moving costs. Your moving company may also offer a discount from their tariff rates during non-peak move times.