People move an average of 11.7 times in their lifetime. It can be for any number of reasons. They might receive a promotion, want to change neighborhoods or try out the “dream city” they’ve been eyeing. Whatever the reason, moving is always a big project that involves a lot of time and energy. It also costs money. But if you are prepared and know what to look for, the cost of relocating can be minimized.

Before you hire movers, Lifetime Moving Co get several quotes. You should get a fair price that will cover the cost of labor and the necessary materials. It’s important to compare prices because you never know what hidden fees might be added or if there’s a seasonal price increase.

If you’re on a budget, find out how much it costs to move midweek rather than on the weekend. Weekends tend to be more expensive because everyone else is trying to schedule their move around the same time, and movers have less availability. If you can, avoid moving during holidays, as well.

The best way to reduce your moving expenses is by donating items you don’t need to the local thrift store or Goodwill. You can even deduct your moving expenses, if you save all your receipts and have your taxes done by an accountant.

Make sure your valuables are properly packed and secured for transit. Many companies provide specialized services for high-value or difficult to move items. If you need to pack and transport them yourself, use bubble wrap or blankets to protect them from damage. Foam pipe insulation or spare pool noodles can be cut and slipped over the exterior frames of picture frames, mirrors and glass doors to add extra padding, which will prevent them from banging together and breaking during transit.

If you have kids, have a friend or family member watch them on moving day so they can run around the house and play while you pack and load up boxes. This will give you a chance to relax and prepare your home for moving.

Don’t forget to pack a bag or suitcase of the essentials you’ll need on moving day and right after you settle in your new place. This should include a change of clothes, basic toiletries, medications, chargers and important documents. You’ll be too tired to sift through boxes on moving day, so having this handy bag will keep everything within reach and save you from the frustration of rummaging for something you need. The same goes for your first few nights in your new home, too. You don’t want to have to go searching through your clothes for a toothbrush or towel! You should also ask your building/landlord if they require you to clean your unit prior to moving out. If they do, make sure to start the cleaning process early. If you don’t, you may be charged a fee upon move out. Save yourself some hassle and stress by doing a little prep work before you call Lifetime Moving.