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How To Estimate Your Moving Costs

Published by Chris Townsend

How To Estimate Your Moving Costs

How To Estimate Your Moving Costs

Estimating moving costs can be a tricky endeavor since the total price is based on a number of factors that tend to differ with each specific move. The first thing you need to consider is whether you’ll be renting a truck and handling the labor of packing, loading, driving and unloading yourself, or if you’ll hire a moving company. The do-it-yourself method is generally cheaper than hiring movers, but the cost difference may be less than you think and, in some cases (mainly long distance), the costs can be quite similar.

Estimate Cost

To give you an idea of the general price range of moving costs, a local move ranges from $1,300 to $2,400 and a long distance move tends to fall between $4,000 and $5,000. Specific pricing, of course, depends on a few factors with the main determining factor being the moving distance.

If you plan on a do-it-yourself move, your main cost is going to be the price of a truck rental. Let’s take a look at some sample prices from the most popular truck rental service, U-Haul, to get a better idea of how much it costs to rent a moving truck. For a move of 1,000 miles, the cost of renting a moving truck falls between $2,300 and $3,200, depending on the size of the move. If you’re moving across the country (around 2,350 miles in this example), the cost for just a truck rental goes up to $4,100 to $5,200. As you can see the cost of hiring movers versus the do-it-yourself approach gets much more even with longer distance and cross country moves.

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Something else to consider is that when you do the moving yourself, you also need to factor in the cost of staying at hotels, eating while on the road, and the amount of time you’ll spend driving. While it may be feasible to drive a car 500 miles in one day, a moving truck is a different story and we recommend that you budget for no more than 300-400 miles per day. If we extrapolate this out to a move of 1,000 miles, that could mean three days of driving, staying at hotels, eating out, and time off of work.

Three Movers is a local, long distance, and nationwide moving company with years of industry experience. We serve customers from every corner of the United States and are capable of handling any size move to or from any location in all 50 states. Contact us today by calling (888) 202-0036 if you’d like a FREE price quote today! No payment or obligation is required and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

How Moving Costs Are Calculate With A Moving Company

The cost of hiring movers isn’t a complicated calculation, but there are a few factors that will affect how much you can expect to pay. You may notice that, when you contact a mover for a cost estimate, that you’ll receive slightly different price points from different companies. This isn’t because one company is trying to pull one over on you, but because moving companies use the calculations differently, depending on their costs and margins. Here are the main things that impact the cost or hiring a moving company:

Moving Distance

The main factor is the moving distance. If it’s 2,500 miles between your origin and destination, that’s clearly going to cost more than a move of 1,000 miles as we noted above when comparing prices of renting a truck. The same thing applies to moving companies as well: the further your move, the higher the cost.

Size/weight of Your Move

Similarly, the more belongings (based on weight) you have, the more a move will cost. The size of your move is one factor since a larger truck is needed for more furniture, but the weight is really the key. More weight in the truck equates to higher fuel costs for the moving company, which in turn is passed along to the customer requesting the move.

Moving Date/Time of Year

Some times of the year it will cost more to hire a mover than others. Generally speaking, the summer months and weekends are the busiest times of the year for movers so that’s when you’re likely to get a higher price quote than others.

Additional Services

Any extra services come with an additional cost. This includes things like packing help, furniture disassembly, white glove moving services, storage and additional customer liability protection. You can opt out of these services if you feel you don’t need them, which will then lower your overall moving costs.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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