How Much Does It Cost to Pack and Move?

Packing and moving costs can vary greatly but understanding how those numbers are sorted out can be helpful. Let’s take a closer look at packing and moving costs.
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How Much Does It Cost to Pack and Move?
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Preparing for moving day is really overwhelming, particularly when it comes to cost it out. How much should you budget for the final price of packing and moving? Typically, a long-distance move is going to cost between $2500 and $5000 to complete; the packing process can be up to $1000 depending on the size of your home.

The large range of numbers above is because there are a lot of factors related to the cost of packing and moving. Let’s take a look at how the price of local, long-distance, or cross-country movers is calculated so you can put together a budget that works for your moving needs.

How Much Will Packing Services Cost?

Companies that offer packing services are going to price them in one of two ways; you’ll want to be sure to ask them for their method before you go ahead and schedule their packing service.

The first, and most common, a way for moving companies to price packing costs is to start with a flat rate (the cost of the packing materials involved) and then an hourly rate based on the size of your home and the number of packers you will need.

The other option is a flat rate based on the number of bedrooms you have, with no hourly rate associated with it. It’s not as common to see this pricing in a moving cost calculator, but there are some companies that take this approach.

On average, a 2-bedroom home is going to cost between $400 and $600 to load up (approximately $150-$200 in moving supplies) and 4-bedroom home is going to cost between $700 and $1100 (approximately $250-$300 in moving supplies).

How Do They Figure Out the Cost of a Long-Distance Move?

Long-distance moves are complex because of everything that you need to sort out in order to get a final cost. Moving companies have the process down pat, offering helpful packing tips to make the process of sorting out details as easy as possible.

First, the long-distance moving company will come and look at every part of your home. They’ll take an inventory of everything in your home and use that information to put together an estimate of the weight of all of your items. This number is important in determining your final cost.

They will use that number and the distance of your move to give you an estimate of the cost of your move. This is typically a non-binding estimate – that is, the final cost could change depending on a variety of factors. But state and federal law mandate that this final cost can not be more than 10% of the estimate you were given.

On moving day, they will weigh the truck and write that weight down. Then, they will load the truck up with everything currently in your home and weigh it once again. They will weigh it several times throughout the trip (because many states require it for vehicles of a certain size). They use the final number to determine how much your stuff actually weighed.

Then, they take a combination of the weight of your items, the distance driven, and how many out-of-state movers were involved in your move to put together the final cost of your move. As previously stated, it cannot be more than 10% more than what your estimate was, so you will have an easier time budgeting for that.

After all, is said and done, your long-distance move can cost anywhere between $2000 and $5000, depending on all of the factors that we’ve explored. If you have a 4+ bedroom home, it could be more than $5000, but it may not.

Are There Cheaper Ways to Move?

Some people will utilize moving pods (sometimes called moving containers) for their move, but they often end up being around the same cost. On top of that, you may deal with all sorts of delays if they can’t get a full truck of containers that is going to your location.

You could do everything yourself, but this increases your risk of injury, and it takes a lot of time and effort to get everything done. So, while it could save you money, it will take much more time and you will likely be more stressed out when your move is completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth paying for packing when you move?

It depends on your situation. If you have a lot of time and the physical ability to take care of everything related to your move, then you may not need to pay for services. But, if you’re in a time crunch or you need assistance, it’s well worth the additional cost you’ll pay for packing services.

How long will it take to pack my home?

If you take care of it yourself, it’s likely going to take several days to completely pack up everything in your house. If you’re hiring a company to do it, it could take anywhere from 3 hours (1 or 2-bedroom apartments) to 8 hours (4+ bedroom homes). The company can give you an estimate on how long it’ll take them to pack before you agree to schedule packing services.

How can I save money on moving and packing costs?

Getting your own supplies for packing can help save costs on packing. It’s also essential that you get rid of anything you don’t want to take with you – the less you have, the less time it’ll take to pack everything, and the lower the cost of the moving truck will be as well.

Preparing for Your Cross-Country Move

There are a lot of different details you have to sort out for a long-distance move, but if you can get your budget in order, the process will be simpler. Get the budget worked out, then proceed with the other details around moving day.

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