There is nothing more exciting than deciding to move, whether it is across the street or across the country. The question that pretty much everyone who wants to move asks is how much it will cost to move?
Besides the cost of living, there are other considerations such as balancing two mortgages (or a mortgage and rent) during a move, and the actual cost of moving everything from one place to another. The following information will help you understand moving expenses.
How much do full-service movers cost on average?
If you decide to go with a full-service moving company, your belongings would most likely be moved at the highest cost. You’ll pay relocation costs based on two factors: the distance between your old and new locations, as well as how much you own.
The cost of moving depends on the extra services you make your full-service mover offer or those that are required to complete the move successfully. You must therefore pay for the additional service if you want your items to be packed professionally.
It costs about $60 an hour per packer to hire a packer for a local move, but if you shop carefully, you can find professional packing services for 40 dollars an hour. Comparing moving rates is also another good idea.
A local move costs approximately $350 for an apartment and $1,500 for a home with four bedrooms. Movers charge varying prices based on the weight and time required to load and unload household goods for different home sizes.
Long-distance moves are also taken into account by moving companies. Moving long distances typically costs between $1,050 and $5,000, depending on the size of the home. You can find a breakdown of moving costs based on house size, labor hours, and distance here.
Choose a moving company that fits your budget.
Choosing a reliable moving company requires consideration of a few factors. A company that you hire should provide transparency about their services and the best possible support. To help you choose the best option for your money and achieve that, here are a few suggestions:
License and insurance are important to look for. Check the Department of Transportation website to see whether the company you’re thinking of hiring is licensed if you aren’t sure.
Check out the reviews.
The opinions of previous customers are the best way to get to know the company. Look for recognition in your industry. How does the American Moving and Storage Association rate the company you are considering? Could there be another legitimate industry award, like a local one? If they do, this is a sign they’re reputable movers who will handle your move well.
You should include the quotes that the moving companies give you in your budget plan once you find the right one or have a few solid options.
Tip your server.
You should also consider a tip when budgeting for your moving expenses. To move on moving day, you’ll need to have the cash on hand. Be prepared. Don’t forget to tip the movers if they move your stuff safely and on time, regardless of whether you’re moving 10 miles or 1,000 miles.