Moving Locally on a Budget: Tips to Save Money

Moving can be a stressful and expensive process, but it doesn't have to be. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can move locally on a budget. Read on for some tips on how to save money on your local DIY move.

Order before you pack


If you have the option to pack at your own pace without a fixed deadline, a portable storage container gives you the freedom to take your house apart as scheduled. Portable storage containers are delivered directly to your home (usually at the entrance of your house). You choose the size, set the delivery and collection time and tell the company where you will deliver your packaged storage container. Our best options for moving container companies are PODS, ZippyShell, ReloCube, 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Haul.

Be creative when buying packaging supplies. Packaging expenses can add up quickly, especially when moving to a larger house, but thankfully, it's very easy to keep packaging costs to a minimum when moving locally. Look for free boxes from local stores or online sources like Craigslist or Freecycle. You can also use old newspapers or towels as packing material instead of buying bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

Rent a moving truck for furniture only. If you're only moving furniture and don't need to transport any fragile items, renting a moving truck is an affordable option. You can rent a truck from companies like U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental for as little as $19.95 per day. This is much cheaper than hiring a full-service moving company.

Do most of the packaging yourself. Unless your move is urgent, try to be flexible on the date of the move. If you allow the company to include you in its agenda, you may be able to agree on a date and time that are right for both of you. This can also help you negotiate a more favorable rate.

Get help with loading and unloading. All of the above-mentioned economic ways of moving locally require that you have an assistant to help you load and unload (except when you move without furniture or other larger household items). Take a look at the most affordable ways to move locally and choose the one that best fits your particular relocation circumstances. Moving locally is supposed to be easier, less stressful, and less expensive than moving a long distance.

With these tips in mind, you can make sure that your local move is as stress-free and affordable as possible.

Nanette Whilden
Nanette Whilden

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