Find out the average costs of a move
Cost Of Moving
Once you begin your research into moving, one of your first questions may be "What will the cost of moving be?"
The cost to move will differ depending on the move size, delivery destination and any additional services or extra fees. It’s important to know that only once you begin communicating with moving companies and receiving quotes, will you be able to calculate realistic average costs. Local and long distance moves are calculated differently. When Creating a Moving Budget you will need to be aware of the variances between the two.
Average Cost For Local Moves
Local moves, also referred to as intrastate, which means within the same state, are commonly charged by the hour. Most companies have a minimum set of hours. Some companies, in addition to an hourly rate, may offer a flat rate. A flat rate is when the moving company will provide an estimated number of hours for the move, this is multiplied by the hourly fee.
Having a representative from the moving company perform an in home estimate and take inventory of your belongings, will provide an accurate hourly rate.
"According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of a local/intrastate household move is $2,300. This price is based on 7,400 pounds using 4 movers at a rate of $200 per hour."
For smaller moves, you will need fewer movers, which will lower the hourly rate.
Average Cost For Long Distance Moves
Long distance, or cross-country moves are calculated very differently from local moves. They are based on mileage and weight, or volume. If hiring a professional moving company to transport your belongings, the estimated price will be determined by:
"According to the American Moving and Storage Association the average cost for an interstate move with a distance of 1,225 miles is $4,300. This is based on an average weight of 7,400 pounds."
Average Cost Of Do-It-Yourself Moves
When calculating the average cost to move yourself locally or long distance, there are important factors to take into consideration.
"Average cost for a 1 bedroom apartment moving 1850 miles using a 16’ truck is $1400. This cost does not include hiring professional movers to load and unload the truck".
For do-it-yourself moves, in addition to calculating the average cost for renting a truck and all the costs associated with moving your items, it is advisable to take into consideration any unforeseen charges that may occur along the way, such as unexpected repairs to the truck.
Once you have averaged your moving costs, it’s a good idea to start organizing and preparing a Moving Timeline.