How Do I Estimate Moving Costs?

People often underestimate moving costs. Here are some of the questions to ask when trying to accurately estimate their moving costs.
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How Do I Estimate Moving Costs
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Are you getting prepared for a local or long-distance move? If so, it’s likely that you’ve put a checklist together. You’re looking at all types of details and trying to determine what it is that you need to work out.

Knowing how much you’re going to have to pay for your move is essential. You can use a moving cost calculator to get a basic idea, and you can get quotes from the professional movers that you’re connecting with. Here are some of the ways that you can estimate your cost to move ahead of time.

How Large is Your Current Home?

Much of your move’s cost is going to be depending on the size of your home. Think about it – if you’re just moving some stuff from an apartment into your first home, you’re likely going to have much less to move. It’ll take less time and less effort, so it’s going to cost a lot less.

But, on the other hand, if you have a large home, then it’s going to take much more time and effort to complete the job. For homes with more than four bedrooms, it may take a lot of people to get things done. And, in the most difficult instances, it could take multiple days for you to get the job finished.

On average, a move for an apartment is between $300 (local) and $1500 (long-distance). 3 Bedroom homes, which are typically considered to be the standard, are between $600 (local) and $4100 (long-distance). Homes at 5 bedrooms are larger typically start around $4000 or so, and they could be more than $10,000 to complete the move.

But, there is a lot more that goes into those numbers – it’s not just about the size. It’s the most important factor (and can give you a pretty solid baseline to work with), but there are several other factors that are going to be considered.

How Far Will You Be Moving?

When you start plugging your numbers into a moving cost calculator, you may notice something really significant about the numbers. If you are taking care of a long distance move, your moving quote is going to be much higher.

The mileage is going to be part of the overall cost, and the farther you go, the more that you’re going to have to pay. Other factors like gas and hotels may also be a part of that, depending on how long it takes to complete the move.

Long-distance moves also take one more thing into consideration – the weight of your items. Since weight is significant in relation to state and local laws, they need to know how much your items weigh.  So, they also use that number to be able to help determine how much you’ll be expected to pay.

But, if you hire a moving company that is sorting out a local move for you, it’s going to be much less. These are typically sorted out by the hour and based on how many bedrooms you have. After that, you aren’t going to have to worry about adding too much extra cost, even if you consider additional services as part of your move.

When Are You Moving?

Your moving day plays a significant role in how much you’re going to be spending. If you’re moving at the beginning of the end of the month, you’re going to pay more than in the middle.

Want to move on a weekend? You’re probably going to pay a premium because out of state movers typically have multiple jobs they need to complete on weekends.

Moving during the beginning of the year, right before school starts in August/September, or the end of the year? Those are peak seasons that may also accrue additional costs.

Will You Need Any Additional Services from Your Movers?

It will, obviously, depend on what your moving companies offer, but knowing whether or not you need additional services in the first place. In some cases, people who are moving to a new place end up needing some additional help during the process of packing up their home.

Or, you may be downsizing and you need to rent a storage unit while you’re sorting out what you want to sell or give away. These additional services come with additional costs, but many professional cross country movers will do their very best in order to make sure that those additional costs are as reasonable as possible.

Figuring out how to estimate the cost of your move is essential, especially if you are trying to stay within a particular budget. As you start sorting out your moving expenses, you can have a better idea of what to expect and how you’ll get the results you need when you finalize your move date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What additional services do moving companies offer?

Different companies are going to offer different services, of course. Additional services may include packing and unpacking; fragile item/white-glove services, storage service options, and a variety of other options related to getting your items packed up and ready to go.

Will I save money if I decide on a DIY move?

Many people believe that their moving budget is a lot lower if they do it on their own. And while the money cost will be lower, you will have to worry about a number of other things – packing everything up on your own, loading and unloading the truck, driving the vehicle to your new place, and whatever else that a moving company would do otherwise.

If I hire a moving company, will I need to rent a moving truck?

It depends. Most cross country movers have their own trucks. But, in cases of long-distance moves, you may need to pay a little more for the truck rentals or have additional fees associated with it.

Do I give my movers a tip?

If you have good movers, it’s common practice to give them a $4 to $5 tip per hour that they worked with you. While it’s not required (because movers do get paid well, it’s a nice pat on the back and lets them know that you appreciate their hard work.

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