Save money by packing yourself

When you’re moving, packing can be a huge expense.  Even if you choose not to hire help, there are a lot of costs involved in buying boxes, packing tape, and securing everything in a truck.  If you’re planning a big move, then read through this list of ways to save money.


  1. Avoid buying boxes.  If you’re moving locally, it might make more sense to move items in multiple trips instead of moving them in one big move.  Not only will this unpacking more manageable, it will also let you reuse boxes and other moving supplies.  Also consider using other containers, such as large buckets, plastic storage boxes, and laundry baskets to avoid buying cardboard boxes.
  2. Sell your stuff.  If you’re moving across the country, then you’ll probably pay per pound to move your stuff.  Consider if the cost of every item in your house to move it.  If you wouldn’t pay that much to keep the item, or if it’s cheaper to buy a new one when you arrive, sell or donate it.  Purging your home in this fashion can shave thousands of pounds off of your move.
  3. Use your towels and washcloths.  Instead of packing these separately, place a washcloth between your plates and bowls instead of packing paper.  Use bath towels as small moving blankets for lamps and photo frames.  Sheets and blankets can be used to protect large items of furniture.

Of course, make sure you remember to give the agents at Front Range Insurance Services a call before your big move.  They can help you update your policy so that it’s ready as soon as you move in.