Take a DIY approach to packing
Trim moving costs by packing items yourself instead of paying movers to do so.
"You can save a lot of money if you pack your own belongings, but make sure that you pack them well so they do not get damaged in transit," Poage says.
Wrapping belongings in thick towels, blankets, sheets, comforters and old newspapers can eliminate the need to purchase Bubble Wrap and plastic foam packing peanuts. Just make sure to pack and unpack carefully.
"There is nothing more frustrating than having an item make it all the way to your new house undamaged, and then bang, it drops on the floor and gets broken in your haste to unpack swiftly," Poage says.
While Bisney agrees that you can save money with the DIY approach, he warns people to "be aware that you can't hold movers accountable for damage to items that they did not pack."