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Lowering Your Moving Costs

7 tips for lowering moving costs during your move.

Tip 1: Find a Pet Sitter

Is your pooch moving with you? See if you can get some free pet-sitting credit with a friend or neighbor who owns a dog. Take his or her pet for a day or two, perhaps while the family is away. Then cash in your chips when moving time comes. You will like having your pet out from underfoot. Your pet will be happier with a familiar friend than in a kennel. And you'll like saving the kennel fees.

Pet being watched by a friend to save money for moving costs

Tip 2: Use a Map

A GPS or similarly equipped Smartphone can help you get around in your new community. So can online map resources such as Google Maps and Map Quest. If you prefer traditional folded road maps, you can likely get them for free. Ask your real estate agent or check with the local chamber of commerce or tourism bureau. Some banks include a street map in their newcomer kits.

Tip 3: Learn About Area Attractions – For Free

When you are ready to explore your new community, you can probably get free printed materials about what to see and do. Check with the local chamber of commerce, convention and visitor's bureau, and historical societies. You can also learn about area attractions via their websites. Discovering all that your new community has to offer can be fun for the entire family. You might even let the kids plan the first excursion.

Tip 4: Request a Newcomer Kit

Request a newcomer kit from your bank. It will likely offer free products, services, or coupons and discounts to welcome you.

Tip 5: Network

Are you moving because your spouse is taking a new job? Get busy now to find work in your new locale. If your spouse's company offers assistance, take advantage of it. To get a feel for the local job market, subscribe to the daily newspaper and find classified employment listings online. Look for jobs on IndeedCareerBuilder and Monster.

Start networking locally through professional associations in the new community. You can also reach out to your connections on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If they know someone in their network you can ask for an introduction.

Temporary work can provide income and give you valuable exposure to people. It may even lead to a permanent position. The temporary work force is not limited to clerical and industrial positions. Attorneys, accountants, nurses, architects, and other professionals can also find temp assignments these days.

Tip 6: Review Insurance Policies

Ask your insurance company to quote coverage for your new home. But don't stop there. The Internet makes it easy to shop around. Beware of overlapping coverage. Compare your homeowner's and automobile policies, and any umbrella policy you may have. Don't pay for coverage you don't need.

Tip 7: Collect Security Deposits

Are you vacating an apartment? You may be owed a refund of your security deposit. Keep the name, telephone, and address of the apartment owner or manager. Follow up if you have not received your money within 15 days after you vacate. Many communities require the landlord to return deposits with interest. (Owner-occupied buildings of three units or fewer are usually exempt.) If you paid a pet deposit, get that back as well.


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