Estimating Moving Costs

It’s not always easy, but it’s pertinent, to calculate how much a move will cost. Pricing out a relocation will allow you to begin financially planning and to ensure you’ll have the needed funds when moving time comes.  There are several factors that go into an estimate. Here’s a guide to help you understand them:
 

Size of Home

Moving a small one-bedroom apartment will cost less than relocating a five-bedroom house. Understanding this simple fact will allow you to recognize and correctly estimate the number of hours and manpower required to make the move.

  • Studio apartment. On average, items found in a studio apartment household weigh approximately 1900 pounds, and if you happen to be moving out of a studio and your new place is one thousand miles away, then you should expect to pay no less than around $1500 excluding any extra services.
  • 1-bedroom apartment. On average, contents inside a 1-bedroom apartment can weigh about 3000 pounds, which means that you’ll be paying around $1800-$2500 for a cross country move without any added moving services.
  • 2-bedroom home. On average, contents found in a 2-bedroom residence weigh something like 5000-6000 pounds, so if you’re moving to a place that is, say one thousand miles away, then you should be charged no less than around $3500-$4200 as a base price.
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Labor

Once you estimate the number hours and movers needed to move your home, you can get a ballpark figure of what the labor costs will be. If you're making a local move, you can count on paying about $25 per hour per mover. Keep in mind, this dollar amount varies from state to state. 

  • Studio apartment: 2 movers, for 3-5 hours at an average of $25 each per hour = $150-$250 
  • 2-bedroom apartment: 3 movers,  5-7 hours  = $375-$525 
  • 3-bedroom house: 4 movers for 7-10 hours  = $700-$1000 

 

Packing Supplies

Boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap and the likes are all costs you should be considering in your estimate.  We have all these items and specially priced packages available in our Moishe's store.  Approximate how many boxes you’ll need based on your house size and the types of items you have and all the accessories to make the boxes wrapped and ready to go. Don’t forget to include items like mattress covers and furniture padding. Then get a quote for the material either on the Internet or by visiting a store that sells packing material.
 

Food and Drinks

Think about lunch and snacks for moving day. Ideally, you want easy to grab things that don’t require fussy dishes and such. Pizza, bagels and sandwiches usually work well for a grab and go lunch and should be included in your estimate. You should include paper plates, napkins and cup costs as well.
 

Truck Rental

Call ahead and ask for an estimate for a truck that will suit your move. Consider and include itemized costs such as vehicle insurance, parking and mileage.

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Gas

Gas costs are a factor, especially for moves that cover a larger distance. An estimate for fuel should be included in your overall quote.
 

Moving company

Should you decide to use one for all or parts of your move, a quote from a moving company needs to be included in your estimate.