I'd like to first recommend taking a look at your bank account. Give yourself a realistic budget, however much you need to make the move possible, without being stingy. Stick to that budget, it is your integrity. If you abandon it, you’re only hurting yourself. Staying true to budgets means hard decision making and a lot of self-control, but you can do this. Keep track of all of your receipts on a ledger. You can get an app for this or probably go into your bank and get one for free. Ledgers are sort of like check books that do the math for you. You input every penny you spend and it tells you how much of your budget you have already spent, and how much you have left. Pretty handy, and a neat way to track yourself and stay organized through the move. An easy way to be sure you're getting the most bang for your buck is to do some research on full service moving companies online where you will find a number of different options and they’re rates.
Find the movers that have the best reviews and are within your budget. If that looks like it might be a little tight on the good ‘ole ledger, pack things yourself. Packing your own possessions is a good way to ensure that everything was packed safely, after all, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This will help your peace of mind during the actual relocation of precious objects. If you have to cut back on your budget, one way to save money on a move is to find free resources that you can use. For example, if you are able to find places that give away free moving boxes, take advantage of that so you won't have to spend any money on boxes. This will save you tremendous amounts of money which can be spent on more important aspects of your move.
Another alternative to hiring a moving company to help you relocate is renting a U-Haul and doing it yourself. This might not work for everyone depending on how much time you have to dedicate to your move. But if you have the time, you can rent a truck by the hour and offer a variety of different sized vehicles. One catch though is that U-Haul does charge you by the mile and prefer to rent only to locals looking to drive less than 50 miles. So if your move is a cross country this option might not be for you. The bigger the U-Haul, the better. If you think you’ll have to make multiple trips across town, rent a bigger U-Haul to save money on mileage, trust me it adds up in the end. If you’ve got friends or family nearby, ask them to help you with the move. With their help, you can be your own moving company and have a great time while you do it. Cleaning out an old house or apartment to resume life in another one can be an emotional experience, and having a close support system can make it that much more positive. Be sure to take them out for dinner and a few beers after for all the help and hard work.