Moving often represents a major life change or significant turning point, but may also simply stem from a simple desire for a change of scenery. In any case, moving can be a stressful activity that saps your strength and patience. Plan out your move carefully in order to help the the transition go smoothly. Do as much prep-work as possible in the weeks leading up to your moving day, in order to keep your home organized and running smoothly.
How far away is your new place? Will you need to ship some of your belongings cross-country? Ask yourself as many questions along these lines as possible in the months and weeks leading up to your move. A short move is generally much cheaper, and your friends may be more likely to help you out if it's only a short time commitment. If the moving company charges for every mile traveled (or a premium for gas refills), then the distance of your move may also directly determine how much it will cost to move.
Determine What You Will Need
How much stuff you have is the single biggest factor of how much it will cost you to move. If you have an entire set of furniture for each room, you should consider hiring a team of professionals. Your other option is estimating the size of all of your furniture and renting an appropriately sized moving trailer. Most people who move opt for this option, because it's convenient.
Purchase your necessities like tape, boxes, packing material and scissors beforehand. Pay for all of your moving expenses as far ahead of time as possible. Some companies offer special deals for pre-payment, so try to pay full price for any transportation equipment and vehicles the same day you make a reservation.
Employ Your Friends
Ask around to see if any of your friends are available to help you move. Oftentimes a friendly offer of dinner and a couple drinks on you is enough to entice a friend or two to help you out. This will also be significantly cheaper than hiring professional movers. Throwing a housewarming party for your friends is also a good way to hank them for helping your with the move.