The world doesn't seem to agree on much, but one thing almost everyone sees eye-to-eye on is saving money. Regarding moving costs, you can get the best deals by doing a series of small steps that add up to significant savings. Here are a few tips to help you save money on your residential move.

Have a Garage Sale

During a move's packing or planning phase, it's common to find rarely used or unwanted items. Consider having a yard sale. You'll decrease the size of your move, reducing cost and putting money back in your pocket towards relocating.

Choosing a Moving Company

Check online reviews, accreditations, and claims with the Better Business Bureau. While it may be tempting to go with the company providing the lowest quote, ensure you do your homework. You don't want to spend what you saved replacing broken or lost household items.

Empty Self-Storage Early

Moving companies will accommodate pick-up at self-storage; however, that increases costs for extra stops and added labor. Instead, empty self-storage containers before moving day and condense those items with household goods or add them to the yard sale.

Donate Non-Perishable Foods

A residential mover often calculates costs based on weight. Reducing weight will reduce expenses. Since canned and boxed food items are heavy and generally cheap, consider donating those items to a local church or food bank.

Use Fabrics as Packing Materials

Towels, blankets, and household fabrics can be used as extra padding in your moving boxes. Doing so will reduce the boxes you need and help protect certain household goods. For particularly delicate items, it's better to consult your professional mover, though.

Ask About Reusable Moving Supplies

If you've hired a moving company, see if they have extra padding or supplies like wardrobe boxes. Many moving companies will let you use these items at no additional cost during local moving. You can also check with retail stores to see if they have extra boxes.

Donate Unwanted Clothing & Furniture

If you'd rather not deal with a garage sale, consider donating unwanted clothing and furniture to friends or family. You can also take them to a Goodwill or Salvation Army store to reduce the total volume of your move.

Experienced long-distance movers have the best insider tips and tricks to get the most cost-effective relocation. Coleman Worldwide Moving has more than 100 years of efficient relocation services and dedicated customer care. Start with a free quote today.