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Family Moves: How to Move Your Loved Ones without Breaking Your Back

Moving can be a big adventure or a nightmare. If you are thinking of moving your family, then there are many different ways that you can save money while making the adventure a pleasant one. Here are some tips you will want to consider.

Choose Your Timetable

If you have some flexibility, then there are several ways to save money on your move. Moving while school is in session often allows you to save up to 30 percent. Some landlords will go month-to-month if you keep them abreast of your situation. Try to avoid moving late in the month or the first day or two of the new month as prices usually skyrocket as demand is greater. Additionally, try to move during the week as it will usually be cheaper than moving during the weekend or on a major holiday.

Move Your Essentials

Go through each room carefully and move only those things that you are going to use in your new location. If you have purchased inexpensive furniture, then it is usually cheaper to buy new than to move pieces that may not fit into your new space properly. Have your family help you and sort through each room choosing to donate or throw away as much as possible. Alternatively, have a big garage sale and plan something fun to do as a family with the proceeds.

Get Boxes Cheap

If you will be packing yourself, whether than hiring local moving services to do it, then do not buy boxes. Instead, ask friends who have just moved if they still have their boxes. Contact large box stores to see if you can pick up their shipping boxes. Ask on social media if anyone has some or look for a listing on Craigslist. The more boxes that you have, the lighter the load put in each one.

Utilities

If you will be changing utilities during your move, then look to see when your bills are due. Usually disconnecting them on their due date will allow you to save money over paying for another month of service. This is particularly true of cable because almost everyone can go a couple of weeks without television. Not having to unhook connections in high or hard-to-get-to-places can help save your back. Your personal comfort level and how well you know your neighbors may depend on whether you can go without water and electricity.

There are many ways that you can save money when moving. Use these ideas and your own ingenuity to get started. Planning ahead of time is one of the keys to making any move successful.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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