You are using an unsupported browser

For the best experience on this website, it is recommended that you upgrade your browser. Please consider downloading: Chrome / Edge.

Return to articles

3 Cost-Saving Tips For Negotiating Your Moving Company Price or Estimate

Moving can be an exciting time, but it comes with a price - especially when it comes to hiring a moving company. If you’re planning a move, moving company costs on top of other moving costs may have you worried for your bank account - check out these tips on how to negotiate a budget-friendly moving quote.

How to Negotiate Moving Company Costs

If mover’s prices have you running for the hills, know that you do have options that’ll make the process easier on your wallet.

If you’re ready to enjoy a budget-friendly move, check out these 3 tips on how to negotiate a lower price with your moving company.

1. Negotiate with Multiple Moving Companies

If you’ve ever had to negotiate a higher salary, you know first-hand that presenting alternative offers from other parties can work in your favor. Negotiating moving expenses with multiple moving companies will not only allow you to gauge the average cost of movers and moving certain items, weights and distances, it will also give you leverage when requesting a discount.

Most moving companies would rather lower their moving quote than see you head to their competitors so use this to your advantage! After negotiating with several companies, opt for the one who offers the best price for the quality of service promised.

2. DIY in Exchange for a Lower Moving Quote 

When reviewing the summary of services on a moving company’s website, you’ll notice that movers offer a cost breakdown for almost everything. What does this mean for you? Typically, the final moving quote simply rolls all services into one total price. If you can identify a significant number of tasks to forgo or DIY(purchasing your own bubble wrap, moving delicate items yourself, etc.), this can warrant a discount on the moving company quote. 

3.  Offer Flexibility for a Discounted Moving Company Price

Understandably, the busiest days for moving companies fall on the weekend. If you’re willing to sacrifice a few vacation days for a discount, schedule your move on a weekday or give your movers the freedom to choose. While moving companies don’t necessarily advertise discounts for particular days of the week, they are more likely to agree to a “slow day” deal if they could use the extra business. Additionally, if you’re flexible about the time, whether it’s early in the morning or late evening, your chances for scoring a discounted moving quote can increase.

If you’re a newbie to negotiating, these tips will get you started towards scoring a budget-friendly moving quote. Remember, the key to a successful negotiation is to reach a mutually beneficial arrangement rather than a one-sided agreement. Be open to compromise and be flexible - and get ready for an awesome deal on moving! 

Get Connected

Find your service provider today. Enter your address to get started.

Enter Address
Moving Tips

Related Resources

Summer Moving Tips Checklist
Summer Moving Tips Checklist

Planning a summer move? Check out SmartMove’s extensive checklist of 20 summer moving tips & considerations to ensure a smooth move no matter the weather!

Read More
Change of Address Checklist: People and Places to Notify When You Move
Change of Address Checklist: People and Places to Notify When You Move

Planning an upcoming move? Be sure to review our comprehensive Change of Address Checklist highlighting everyone to notify when you move!

Read More
What is the Cheapest Time of Year to Move?
What is the Cheapest Time of Year to Move?

Learn more here about what makes winter the cheapest time of year to move! SmartMove’s helpful winter moving tips and tricks will help you save even more.

Read More
Ready To Get Connected?

Enter your address to get started