How Much Does A Moving Company Cost?

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Considering A Long Distance or Local Move

When hiring a moving company, it is important to know how much a long distance or local move will cost. It’s important to understand that there are many things that you need to account for when coming up with the total cost of the move including:

  • Where you live
  • How far you’re moving
  • The time of year
  • The amount of belongings you need moved

Prices To Consider When Choosing A Moving Company

When planning, here are some other things to consider when factoring in the total moving cost:

  • Hiring movers
  • Packing up your household goods
  • Selling your home
  • Preparing for the move
  • Making travel arrangements

 Prices can also depend on the distance of the move and if it is a local or intrastate move. A local move across town will most likely be less than a move to another state, otherwise known an interstate move. Moving prices will increase or decrease based on the slate of moving services you choose. Packing, loading, and transporting your goods are usually included in the cost estimate.

You may also have to figure out if you’ll need to account for expenses such as:

  • Vehicle transportation
  • Specialty type furniture or goods that need extra care
  • Disassembly and reassembly of any of your belongings
  • Storage services.

Let’s Take a Look at Costs for these Types of Local and Long Distance Moves

The American Moving and Storage Association estimates the average cost for a move within a state at $2,300. This includes four movers at an hourly rate of $200, based on an average weight of 7,400 lbs.

Local Moves

Local moves are typically quoted on a flat dollar amount per hour. The distance within the state is also considered within the quote. Some moving companies provide customers with a flat rate option for local moves as well. The moving company figures out the flat rate by estimating the number of hours it will take to complete the move. This is very good information to know when you are trying to get the answer to “how much does a moving company cost?”

Long Distance Moves

If you’re planning on a long distance move from one state to another, you’ll be making an interstate move. The American Moving and Storage Association estimates that the average cost of an interstate move to be $4,300. This estimates an average distance of 1,225 miles and 7,400 lbs. Unlike intrastate moves, long distance are quoted based on the weight of the goods, labor costs, and distance travelled. Included in the cost will be the price of insurance for your move as well.

Other Moving Factors

Don’t forget that there are other factors, or moving add-ons, that will add to the total moving cost. These include moving supplies like boxes, tape, and packing materials. Boxes can be bought with various sizes available, from small to medium and large. You may also need special packaging for dishes, clothes, artwork, pictures, and other household goods.

Additional Expenses

In addition, you have to take into account any travel expenses. Costs for travelling to your new home, whether far or near, by car, will include hotel or other lodging, gas, and food costs when driving. If you are flying, you’ll have to account for the cost of plane tickets and transportation from the airport to your new home.

Now that you have an idea of the cost for hiring movers, what if you decide to make a move on your own without the help of a professional moving company?

Expenses of Moving On Your Own

If you’re looking to save money and do it on your own, you’ll have to first figure out what you’ll transport your belongings in – do you have access to a moving truck? Renting a truck will cost a flat fee of about $30 a day plus about sixty cents to one dollar a mile. You’ll also have to make sure all of the equipment is included to help you move heavier items. Plus, don’t forget it will take more than one person to move your stuff!

The AMA also estimates the average cost of an interstate move, based on a distance of 1,225 miles, would cost at least $1,650 for a rental truck and mileage. Nearly $800 in fuel ($3/gal) puts the base cost to $2,450.  You’ll also have to make sure you have all of the right moving supplies, including tape, boxes, and packing material. Fuel costs vary for moving trucks. Moving insurance, food, hotels, highway tolls, taxes, and other costs must be taken into consideration as well.

Preparing to Move On Your Own

Preparation and planning go a long way when it comes to searching for a moving company and making your move. Although you can find moving companies online, it’s important to find reputable movers with good online reviews. You can always ask friends, family, or local real estate professionals for referrals as well.  Competence, experience, and reliability are crucial. Make sure you can find verified reviews and find a trustworthy mover to ensure a safe, affordable, stress-free move.

We hope this gives you a good idea on what a potential move will cost you. Moving can be an exciting time, and you’ll feel much better about it if you know the costs that will be involved while planning your move beforehand.

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