Moving Long Distance? Here’s How to Save Money!

Not only is moving cross country a lot of work, it can also be a spendy venture—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Companies like A. Frisella Moving and Storage Services are almost always necessary to assist in long distance moves, but there are some things you can do to cut down on costs. 

Book Early

When moving cross country, it can feel like there’s a never-ending laundry list of things to get done. It can save you money to move “book a moving company” up a little higher on your to-do list, though. Many companies can offer better rates if you book in advance with them and can possibly offer dates that would be less expensive (typically, weekdays cost significantly less than weekends for moving). 

Get Estimates and Create a Budget

If you’ve never used a moving company before, you might not know what to expect for prices, or things that might cost you extra. For example, how many belongings are you moving? If you are a single person moving with one bed, one couch, and one dining room set, you’re going to get a different quote than a family of five living in a four-bedroom fully furnished house. 

Do you have a storage unit that you want the moving company to stop by and load up for you? That’ll probably be another thing to factor in! Speaking with companies ahead of time will help you create a budget for your move, so you can keep track of your expenses and figure out where to cut corners.

Downsize Ahead of Time

One of the best ways to save money on a move is to downsize ahead of time. Less weight being packed and hauled cross-country means a lower price. Instead of having a moving company load everything you own, why not take some time and go through your items yourself? Chances are you’ll come across things in your garage that you don’t use anymore, or maybe you can dump the entire contents of that junk drawer you only ever add items to. 

There are several ways to downsize yourself:

  • Have a yard sale

  • Donate items to thrift shops

  • Sell items on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or similar platforms

  • Leave a “free” box outside your place

Gather Your Own Moving Boxes and Supplies

One way to save money when moving is to get resourceful and use things you already have for moving supplies. Use that old picnic blanket to pad the corners of furniture, or stuff newspaper in-between glass items. As for boxes, ask around to local businesses for cardboard boxes. Many stores are constantly receiving shipments of products and have no need for the cardboard boxes once they’ve been opened. Ask these businesses if there’s a good day for you to stop by and grab some empty boxes before they break them down and recycle them.

A. Frisella Moving and Storage Services has been a trusted moving company in the St. Louis area for over 100 years, receiving several accolades along the way, such as BBB accreditation and gaining ProMover Status. Whether you’re moving down the block or across the country, A. Frisella Moving and Storage can help make the transition smooth and seamless. Call us today and get a free estimate for your move!