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How Much Does a House Moving Service Cost?

Thinking about hiring a home moving service for your relocation? Knowing potential costs can help you to budget effectively and ensure that you don’t run into money trouble.
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How Much Does a House Moving Service Cost?
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Moving day is on the horizon, and there are a lot of considerations you need to explore. You’re likely looking at all sorts of options for moving, from doing it on your own to hiring a professional home moving service to take care of things for you. The decision is up to you, but it’s likely going to become dependent on how much you can afford.

How much are you going to expect to pay when you hire a moving company? How do you know that you can find a professional service that is going to meet your needs? And how can you put together an appropriate budget for the entire process?

In this guide, we’re going to explore all of the important parts that may be involved in hiring a moving company, from extra services to long-distance hauling costs. With that information, you will be able to determine how much you can expect to pay for a moving service.

How Do Moving Companies Determine Moving Costs?

Moving costs are variable in a lot of ways, but there are some things that you can expect to see included in your quote. Here’s a quick look at the most common things included.

Time expected for the move

Knowing how much time is involved in your move is a big part of what you’re going to end up paying. Local moves take much less time than long distance moves, and most moving companies are going to have two different tiers when it comes to local vs. long distance quotes because of that.

Distance of the move

Once again, local vs. long distance is going to matter in determining the cost. It can take several days for your home moving service to get you from point A to point B, especially if you’re looking at a cross-country move. Long distance moves typically use mileage in their quote calculations, whereas local moves (less than 100 miles from starting point) don’t.

Number of bedrooms in your home

The number of bedrooms in your home is going to play a huge role in cost, no matter what the distance. The larger your home is, the more items are inside, which means that they’ll have to load and unload more stuff from the vehicle. This takes more time and effort, which means that costs will go up. 

Size of the vehicle they’re using for the move

Most professional moving companies have multiple vehicles on hand, and some of them are so large that only certain members of their team can drive them. If they need to use the largest vehicles, they may charge you an extra fee for that use.

Number of movers

Some moves are going to take more people than others, and local movers typically put a lot more emphasis on how many people it will take than long-distance moves will. Some local moving companies will estimate your cost based on the number of hours times cost per mover that came to help with the job.

Any additional services you may require

Lastly, they’re going to make calculations based on other services. Some of the services they may offer include packing and unpacking, fragile item moving, moving item rentals or purchases, and storage services. Talk to them ahead of time or research to see what the moving company in question offers in the first place. 

Every moving company is different, but many of them will include the attributes we discuss here in their quote. The numbers will, of course, vary, and they may include other things (fees, taxes, etc.) that we haven’t discussed here.

The Average Cost of Moving a 2-3 Bedroom Home

Most modern homes have 2 or 3 bedrooms in them, so it’s a good place to start when you’re sorting out how much money you are going to need to have set aside for a home moving service. We’re going to take a deep dive with estimates so that you know what sorts of numbers you will be working with.

For a local move (considered to be less than 100 miles from your starting point), a 3 bedroom home is going to be somewhere between $500 and $1000 to relocate. This may vary if you have a lot of large or fragile items being relocated with you, and if you need special services. A 2 bedroom home will be about the same.

As mentioned above, the number of movers involved may change that price as well, especially if you have those heavy or fragile items and need more people to give you a hand with the moving process. In general, local moving costs end up being a lot more straightforward and easier to calculate than long distance ones.

As a result, long distance moves are much more complex. Not only do they consider the number of bedrooms, but they also look at how much everything weighs. They will typically weigh the truck before and after it is loaded, in order to see how much is being taken with them on the journey. Then, they use the distance and the weight to calculate the cost.

So, what does that mean for your overall cost when you’ve moving 100 miles or more from your home? It’s likely that you will pay approximately $1000 per bedroom, and $500 per additional room (depending on the size and how much is in there), with additional costs if you have an attic and/or basement.

Long distance moves average between $2500 and $5000 for a 2 to 3 bedroom home as a result. And, as with local moves, you will pay extra for any sort of additional services or whatever else you may need from the company in the first place. Sometimes, long distance movers will include some services for a reduced fee, since you went with them for your moving service.

Remember, these numbers are estimates, and different companies will let you know how they do things and how much you can expect to pay from them directly. Compare quotes before deciding on a company to go with.

Other Considerations for Your Budget

Don’t assume that the moving company’s costs are the only piece of the puzzle. More often than not, you also have to figure out how you and your family are getting from point A to point B.

Are you going to be driving? Then you need to consider things like gasoline, food, and hotels (if it’s going to be a multiple-day trip). Are you going to fly or take other alternate transportation? Then you want to be sure that you include the cost of any tickets and meals. Plus, what will you do to get your vehicle there?

Figuring out an itinerary and working out exactly what costs may be involved in every area, and not just the moving company’s costs can give you a more solid idea of what your budget is going to look like. The more you include, the more accurate you will be, and you won’t be taken aback by what you have to pay. It may even be a good idea to overestimate, especially if you have a larger home and/or more stuff that will need to be relocated.

It’s also a good idea to start saving up for your move as soon as you can, so knowing these averages will make that process easier as well. If you get started with everything now, the easier it will be when it comes time to pay for everything.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would moving myself save me money?

Sometimes, yes. You can always load up a moving truck on your own and get things going, but there are logistical things you need to consider. More often than not, you’re going to need to find friends and family who can give you a hand.

This can lead to additional stress and logistics you don’t want to deal with, so it’s often easier to hire a moving company – and worth the extra cost. So yes, it could be cheaper – but is it worth it? Not always.

Are there differences in cost between moving companies?

Absolutely. While most companies will use the methods and procedures listed out in this article, there are different thresholds and baselines that they work with. So, you want to make sure that part of your vetting process is to compare the different moving quotes you get.

How early should I start my research?

Do you know you’re moving? Then start now! You want to schedule your movers as soon as you possibly can, so you want to start researching and exploring everything ASAP. You don’t want to miss out on the best home moving service in your area because you waited too long to find them.

Choosing the Right Movers

Moving day is coming quickly, and you need to be sure that you get connected and sort out the details sooner than later. Plan things out, compare prices, and make sure that you find a moving company that is right for you and your family.

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