Whether you are moving locally in Boston, across the country (interstate), or internationally – moving can be a daunting and stressful time in your life and on your wallet. We asked the Humboldt Experts the best ways to save some $ when moving.

Move During Off Peak Times. Like most businesses, moving rates fluctuate depending on the day, week, or month. If you are flexible on your loading date, work with your moving company to select the least expensive date. Typically: Friday – Sunday, the 1st and last weeks of the month, and May – September are considered “peak times” as most people will choose to move during these times. Select a load date early in the week (Monday – Wednesday), mid-month (2nd and 3rd weeks), and September – April, all of which are considered “off peak” times.

Move during off peak times to save money.

Move during off peak times to save money.

Avoid Guesstimates. While online and phone moving estimates are quick and easy to acquire, they often are vague and the rates end up doubling or tripling by the time your move is complete. To get the most accurate moving quote, meet with your moving company in person in your home. Be as detailed and clear as possible so the moving company can provide the correct crew, truck, packing materials, etc. For local moves, your estimate will usually be priced at an hourly rate. For interstate moves, your estimate is usually based on the weight and distance of your move. If an estimate seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Get in home estimates with professionals to save money on your move.

Get in home estimates with professionals to save money on your move.

Lighten Your Load. Sell, sell, sell! It costs less to move less, so spend some time purging your home before the move by having a yard sale or selling items online or using apps. (Craigslist, Facebook, eBay, OfferUp,