The stress of moving can be compounded when expenses begin to add up. Even if you’re diligent about every cost and try to do most things yourself, chances are you’ll end up spending more than you anticipated. From movers to moving trucks, experts estimate packing up your things and hauling them to a new home can cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 or more. If you’re looking for a way to save, you’re in luck, as there are many solutions for keeping your moving budget in-check.
What’s the Average Moving Cost?
The cost of moving is different for everyone, as many factors will influence the final expense. Distance, amount of items being moved, specialty items, movers, size of the home, and moving trucks are a few of these factors that can vary based on location. To give you an idea the average costs usually include:
Movers: $100/hour (for typical two-man crew)
Moving Truck: 14-foot truck $30/8 hours + .60 to $1.10/mile and cost of gas
Packers: $1,500/2-story home
Packing Materials: $300
Tips for Staying on Budget
1. Consider the Pros and Cons of Using Movers
While using movers might sound like an unnecessary expense, it’s important to consider the benefits they bring to the table. Not only can they load a truck more quickly than you could alone, but they also move things much more safely. They can also load more strategically so you can move more at once. Ultimately all of this can reduce the amount of time you need a moving truck and the number of trips you have to take back and forth.
2. Throw Out Junk
Holding onto those shoes you’ve had since grade school or that couch you had in college could mean spending more on a larger moving truck. A general rule to help reduce clutter is to toss it or donate it if it hasn’t been used in a year.
3. Ask for Free Supplies
If boxes aren’t in your budget, go to local grocery stores, warehouse stores, and other retailers to ask if you can have their boxes. Most will be glad to give you as many as you need. When it comes to packing materials, use your clothing as padding and newspapers as box filler. You’ll save hundreds on the cost of bubble and plastic wrap.
4. Schedule Your Move
If your moving schedule is flexible, try to schedule it in the winter or spring. These are off-seasons for moving companies, and that can mean better rates on movers and moving trucks.
5. Always Get Estimates
One of the smartest things you can do when using professional moving services is asking for estimates ahead of time. However, the total cost isn’t the only thing to consider. Look at the details of what they are offering, as some companies may charge more but offer a better value.
Moving Made Affordable
For a detailed list of expenses to anticipate when moving give us a call. By preparing for what’s to come, you’ll be more likely to stick to your budget as closely as possible. How much are you willing to spend? Start there and use these tips to help you keep that number in check.