Don't Want to Hire Movers? 7 Ways to Move Your Stuff to a New Home

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Just because you're moving, doesn't mean you need to hire a moving company to move your stuff. In fact, hiring movers is one option among many and probably the most expensive choice. So if you want to save money on your move, then check out these alternative ways to move that can save you money and in some cases, might be the only way you can get your stuff from your old home to the new place.

  • 01 of 07

    Container Moving

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     If you want to save money on your move, you might want to check out a self-service moving; also referred to as container packing or crate moving. It's a great alternative if you don't want to pay for a full-service moving company, yet you don't like the thought of driving your moving truck through city streets and over such a long distance.

    As with all moving decisions, weigh the costs against your time and effort, then decide what's best for you.

  • 02 of 07

    Self-Service Moving

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    If you’re moving, often it’s difficult to decide if you should move yourself or hire movers to do the move for you. Sometimes this decision comes down to cost and time–both of which are critical to a successful move. But what if you don’t want to move yourself, yet you can’t afford to hire full-service movers? That’s where self-service moving might be your best option.

  • 03 of 07

    Ship Your Stuff by Air Cargo

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    When deciding how to move your household goods, you might want to look at the option of air cargo. While it might not be as cost-effective as renting a truck or hiring a moving company, it is another way to get your stuff moved. And you don't need to ship everything by air, perhaps just the things you simply can't live without. Air cargo can be fast, efficient and pretty much guaranteed to arrive when you need it to.

  • 04 of 07

    Ship Your Stuff by Bus

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    Another option for shipping stuff is to use a bus service. Most bus companies will ship goods from one destination to another and you could find that it's your cheapest option--in particular, if you're moving a small amount of stuff.

    But before you start driving your things to your local bus station, there are a few things to consider and stuff you need to know. Find out more about shipping your things by bus in this new feature article that's perfect for people with little possessions or students on the move.

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  • 05 of 07

    Move Your Stuff by Car (And How to Fit More In)

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    Whether you're moving across town or the country, packing the car is an essential step in the moving process, particularly if you're moving long-distance and will be undertaking a road trip.

    Make sure your car is packed right so everyone you love rides comfortably and arrives safely, plus with these tips, you'll pack more in.

  • 06 of 07

    Need to Pack More? What to Look For When Buying an Overhead Carrier

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    If you're moving any distance, it's a good idea to plan how you're going to pack the car. With kids and pets and your essentials to squeeze in, you might find you're lacking the necessary space to move everything you need.

    If this is the case, it might be time to invest in an overhead carrier. While there are a lot of carriers on the market, you must figure out which one is right for your move as they tend to be expensive and it'll be something you'll use for a long time to come.

  • 07 of 07

    Rent a Moving Truck or Cargo Van

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    While this option may seem obvious, some people are hesitant to rent, load and drive a moving truck themselves. Much of their hesitation is because it seems like such an undertaking, especially when it comes to navigating narrow streets or hitting the freeway with a truck that's a few times larger than an average car.

    So, to help, we've put together a set of essential guides that will help you with all the fears, issues and questions you might have about how to rent a moving truck.