Quebec Moving Day: 8 money saving moving tips

In honour of Quebec Moving Day on July 1st, we’ve compiled our favourite tips to cut down on moving expenses.

From paying for a moving company to buying new furniture, there are many expenses that come along with moving. Here are eight ways you can make your next move easier on your wallet:

1. Donate or throw away items and clothing you no longer use

Getting rid of things you don’t need before a move will reduce the amount of boxes you need and any additional trips, which will save you money on cardboard and gas. If you have items or furniture that are still in good condition, you can try selling them online or through a yard sale to make some extra money that can be put towards moving expenses. Not only will you save money by purging before a move, but you’ll also thank yourself later when you have less stuff to unpack.

2. Find moving boxes for free

Instead of paying for moving boxes, try visiting local grocery stores, liquor stores or pharmacies to find leftover boxes from shipments. You can also check out Kijiji, and other social media networks, to find people who are offering boxes for free. Just remember to give yourself enough time to collect all the boxes you’ll need.

3. Protect fragile items with paper towel or bubble wrap

Keeping your items secure will help you avoid having to replace anything after your move. Prevent items from breaking by wrapping them in paper towel or bubble wrap, rather than purchasing store-bought wrapping paper from moving companies. It’s also helpful to label certain boxes as “fragile”, so they’re handled with care.

On that note, label each box with its corresponding room (kitchen, bathroom etc.). This way boxes will be placed into the room where they’ll be unpacked, which can help reduce the amount of times a box is handled, meaning your items will be more likely to survive the move.

4. Rent a truck, recruit some friends and move yourself

You’ll save money renting a truck and driving it yourself rather than hiring a moving company. It’s a good idea to compare rental truck prices and have a solid understanding of the pricing structure. Make sure you find out:

  • If there’s a limit on how many kilometers you can drive
  • How much you’ll be charged if you go over the limit
  • Are you charged a flat rate for the day, or do you pay for the distance you’re driving?
  • Are there other fees, like insurance or cleaning charges if something in the truck gets damaged?

If you understand additional fees, you’ll avoid any surprises when you pay for the rental, and stay on track with your moving budget.

5. Figure out in advance where the closest loading zone is

If you’re moving in a big city, there may be limited spaces to unload your belongings. Avoid parking tickets by asking the building manager where you’re allowed to park the day of the move. You may have to purchase a parking permit for the day, but it’s better than paying a fine.

6. See if you’re eligible for moving or relocation deductions

If you’re relocating for school or work, you may be eligible to claim some moving expenses on your income tax. Claiming moving expenses could help you lower the amount of income tax you owe, or even help you qualify for a refund.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Learn more about claiming moving expenses on the Government of Canada’s website.

7. Eat non-perishable food the week before your move

It’s difficult to pack up fruits, veggies, milk and eggs (and any other type of fresh food that may go bad while sitting in a vehicle or moving truck). Save money by using up fresh food in advance of your move, and settle for meals like pasta, soup or canned vegetables. Not only is canned food easier to move, but you won’t waste money the week before the move on food that you’ll have to throw out.

8. Protect your belongings with insurance

Once you’re moved and settled into your new place, make sure to setup homeowners or tenant’s insurance. Insurance will protect your belongings in case of a fire or robbery. It will also protect you if you’re ever liable or responsible for a fire and other types of damage to your apartment. While insurance is an extra cost, it’s something that can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Moving can be stressful, but if you’re well prepared you’ll stay on budget and save time. Good luck to everyone moving this July!