Packing and Moving in India: 9 Ways to Save Money

Packing and moving involves lots of mental and physical hassle and there is a cost involves in it. Majority of people are not prepared to deal with nor are they aware of the expenses they have to bear on packing and moving their household goods in India. When moving, one have to rent a truck, buy packing materials, find labor for packing, loading, unloading etc so that their household goods can be moved safely.

But if you know exactly how much you have to spend and places where you can save your hard earned money, the anxiety is relieved to a great extent. For that you need to prepare a budget and then follow some of the essential packing and moving tips. I’m sure it will help you to keep more money in your pocket, the ideal place for you money 🙂

Practically speaking cost of packing and moving services vary on case to case basis because everyone has their own peculiar packing and moving needs. From distance to volume of goods, everything varies from case to case. But there are certain good practices that if followed, could save you plenty of money on moving and shifting.

9 Ways to save money on packing and moving in India

In this post, I am going to talk about many ways to save money on packing and moving charges when shifting locally or doing a long distance shifting in India. India is unique and thus these are India specific tips and advice.

Take a good look one these tips and feel free to ignore a point or two which may not be relevant to your case. But going through each of them will help you in many ways.

1. Preparing a budget for moving

Without a properly prepared budget, it will become difficult to digest the matter later on when you find the money you have ended up spending instead of the amount that you had actually expected to. While you read this and begin to prepare, I would suggest you to go through all the points written here and then complete the preparation of the final budget.

2. Estimate the real moving cost

Before beginning to pack the items, halt to estimate what amount of money will be involved in packing each item. If you can figure that out, it will give you the idea of how and when to move. This marks as the first step in the planning.

3. Chalk out the post-move costs too

Doing a nice planning on the costs involved prior to moving and during moving is not enough. You need to know how much money you need after you have moved to the new location. If you don’t, then shocks await you. A friend of mine went on to ignore my advice and so she became a victim to the hidden costs. Not really desired. Isn’t it?

4. Hire a mover or do it yourself

Depending on the distance you are to cover to move your items should be the key to determine the option you choose to move your stuff. If it’s just across the street, then it is better that you take the lead. Hire some trucks, seek assistance of your friends and relatives and get your job done. But if it is from one state to another that you have to go, hiring packers and movers would be the best option.

5. Charges of the packing and moving company

Try to get as much as information possible from the company, on the extra fees that you may be charged during the procedure. You could bargain too, for a better price if you get a chance. Go through their brochure very thoroughly to bring out ways by which can save money on moving.

6. Cost of transportation

You need to be aware of the size of the truck you are to hire. The aim should be maximum loading in fewer vehicles. You need to know every detail required to rent a truck so that you do not overspend on it.

7. Extra Insurance- is it really needed?

Insurance is always good for heart. It keeps you from worrying too much. But it is up to you to judge whether it is really necessary.

8. Save money on Packing Supplies

Buying extra packing supplies does no good. It is recommended that you buy optimum amount of packing items.

9. Make a List of Items You need to Pack

Making this list aids your budget planning. With the knowledge of the items you cannot do without, it will save you a lot of money. There may be stuff you had loaded in your current house simply out of nostalgia. Get a hold of your emotions. It’s time to part with them in case you do not have any other option to store it.


Try and follow these money saving tips to save more off your overall home shifting costs. Every penny is important because penny saved is penny earned. You cannot afford to waste your precious time, effort or money, can you?

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