Although we feel that moving with a full-service mover is well worth the cost, it can still be a fairly costly endeavor. Depending on the size of your move and the moving services you require, your final bill can add up.
Luckily, Bekins Van Lines gives you a few opportunities to save money on your move.
The first discount you’ll see when visiting Bekins’ website is associated with the Bekins Difference relocation program.
This program offers a $150 discount to all interstate movers that meet certain criteria:
- It must be an interstate move in the contiguous United States.
- Your shipping weight has to be at least 3,500 lbs.
- Your pickup date must be on or after September 1, and your delivery date must be before April 30.
In addition to shaving $150 off the cost of your move, Bekins will also knock 15% off its full replacement value protection if your move qualifies.2
Although many other movers offer similar discounts for moving outside of the busy summer months, few advertise exactly how much you’ll save by scheduling your move during the off-season.
Bekins offers special discounts to members of its partner organizations. The biggest perk is getting up to $100,000 in free full replacement value protection.
If you’re a member of one of the following groups, you’re in luck:
- National Association of Senior Move Managers
- National Active and Retired Federal Employees
- Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Not every partner organization receives the same benefits, but each receives at least guaranteed pricing for in-home estimates and guaranteed on-time pickup and delivery.
Like many other full-service movers, Bekins Van Lines offers packing and unpacking services to help alleviate some stress during your move. As helpful as it is, however, full-service packing isn’t a small addition to your moving bill—no matter which mover you choose.
Based on the ballpark estimate we shared earlier, Bekins’ full-service packing would add anywhere from $1,706.04 to $2,132.34 to our three-bedroom move.
Not everyone needs their movers to pack up their whole house though, so Bekins (like many other movers) offers partial packing options that can better fit your needs and your budget. According to our ballpark estimate, choosing partial packing over full-service can save you about 60% on your packing costs.
Bekins allows you to scale its partial packing services based on your needs.3 If you only need a few fragile items packed, your packing costs will decrease even more. This is pretty common among full-service movers, but we liked how Bekins illustrated the potential savings this offers.
Be sure to tell your local Bekins agent about your specific packing needs to get a more accurate picture of how it’ll affect your moving budget.
Even if you opt out of Bekins’ packing services altogether, you can still turn to your Bekins agent for moving supplies to box up all your belongings.
Many Bekins agents offer boxes and moving supplies at a discounted rate. Depending on the size of your local agent’s discount, this can save you quite a lot of money compared to buying boxes from a home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Keep in mind, however, that not every Bekins agent offers boxes for sale, so be sure to ask what materials they can provide for you during your in-home estimate.