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It’s no secret that many costs are associated with moving. Many of these costs are unavoidable and only come with the reality of moving to a new place. Even if you move to the same town, there are bound to be little things.
Others are elective, such as hiring an advocate. Before you skip hiring a moving company and do the hard work yourself, ensure you have all the necessary information. Usually, doing it yourself is not as cheap as you think.
It’s best to start early, especially when it comes to planning and budgeting. Read on for more information to understand how much it costs to move locally.
How much does a Local Mover cost?
Hiring professionals to help you get into your new home will cost anywhere from $300 to $1,500 or more, depending on the details of your particular move. Estimating the cost of moving is a tricky business, as your quote will depend on many factors. How many things do you have? How far are you going? Do you experience exceptional circumstances such as large, difficult-to-handle items or complex parking or entrances (including flights of stairs)? All of these can add a bit to your moving costs.
A moving company will discuss your details and provide a price specific to your needs. We’ve put together some information as a starting point. Local drivers usually charge per driver per hour. Here are some average prices:
- Studio apartment
- Two engines, three hours
- Average cost: $380
- Two engines, four hours
- Average cost: $480
- Two bedrooms
- Three engines, six hours
- Average cost: $850
- Three bedrooms
- Four engines, seven hours
- Average cost: $1200
- 4 bedrooms
- Four engines, nine hours
- Average cost: $1,500
- Five bedrooms or more
- Five engines, twelve hours
- Average cost: $2,500
How do Movers estimate costs?
As a starting point, moving companies base they’re moving costs on the number of people moving and the hours it will take. There may be additional fees for special equipment, packaging materials, travel time, or other services such as packing.
Here are some typical additional fees you may see on your move quote:
Packaging items such as boxes, bubble wrap, mattress covers, electronic boxes (including televisions), or other materials to help pack and protect your items
Unique items such as pool tables, pianos, antique furniture, hot tubs, or bulky items may require an additional workforce or special equipment to get the job done.
Long-distance transportation charges are often added to the bill when the driver cannot park the truck near your current or new home.
Stair transport charges may apply if your driver needs to carry your boxes and belongings up or down flights of stairs.
Some carriers will charge elevator fees if the lift ride is extended or if your building has narrow elevators.
Packing and unpacking is a service provided by package moving companies. You will save a lot of time and effort, but it will come at a cost.
Tipping is a great way to show your motivator that you appreciate a job well done.
Save money on the go.
There are many ways you can save some money when it’s time to move into a new home.
Start early and downsize your items. The less you have, the less your travel time and more miniature engine are required. Taking a moment to sort through your things and eliminate what you don’t need will save you money.
Supply and demand will affect the cost of moving. You’ll save on your overall costs if you can choose when to move. Drivers are usually busiest on weekends and holidays, so prices are higher. They are also more in demand during the long days and pleasant weather of late spring and throughout the summer. Book on a weekday in the fall, and you’ll pay less.
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