Moving can be difficult without a moving service, and moving costs can be a headache to estimate, especially when you are saving money.
For this reason, many people decide to hire a professional moving service instead. If your relocation is only within your local vicinity, it will cost you around $$752 to $2,032 on average for a 2 to 3 bedrooms move. But if you make a long-distance move (around 1000 miles), this cost will increase to as high as $10,000. These are average moving costs based on a 7,500-pound moving weight.
However, if you plan to move more things, the estimated moving costs will change. There is also a factor when you will be moving, whether you will avail of a packing service, rent a truck, and more. It would help if you considered all these things to estimate how much you will be spending on relocation through a moving service and to look for ways of saving money where you can.
What is the Average Moving Service Rate?
The moving costs you will incur depend on the type of move you will make, how big a move you will be, where you will move, and other things to consider. But the general cost of relocation through moving service is estimated at $1,357 nationally or within $752 to $2,032. Of course, this does not include the per hour charge of the movers themselves. Estimating these costs properly will help you in saving money.
Average Hourly Moving Costs for Professional Movers
Most local moving service providers charge by the hour for local relocation for each mover or worker. This may not necessarily include the moving truck and furniture dolly as they can be charged separately. The average hourly moving costs is as follows:
|Number of Movers||Average Hourly Cost|
|1 to 2 workers||$50 to $100|
|3 workers||$75 to $150|
|4 and more||$100 to $200|
For a small-scale usually, one to two movers is enough. But if you plan to make a large-scale relocation then you need to plan for at least three to four movers to hire. This will give you more chances of saving money as more people means less time compared to hiring only two people, which can take longer.
Average Cost of Packing and Moving Service
If you need help with packing your belongings for relocation, the packing service’s average cost is around $1000. Do note that this cost is for the packing service only and does not include the unpacking, loading, and unloading. To avail of those additional services, you will have to pay additional moving costs.
Average Cost of a Full Moving Service
Most full moves happen if you plan to a long-distance relocation, or from a small house into a much larger house. The average cost of a full moving service can be around at least $2,300 to $10,000. But with a full service, you will have greater chances of saving money on moving costs as the service includes:
- Furniture disassembly
- Furniture assembly
Remember that most full-service relocations take longer than local moves. This can take you at least a week as, in most cases, your items will have to be stored for a new days before getting delivered to your new location. To lessen your items’ delay, pack and transport your personal items yourself, especially those you will need for work.
Average Cost of a Cross-Country Relocation
If you plan to move out of state, the average moving costs range from $2,200 to $5,700, with an average weight of 7,500 pounds. Additional weight will incur additional costs.
You also have to make sure to inquire with the moving service first if they cover relocations longer than 100 miles. Most companies will have different charges for each additional mile beyond 100 miles, especially you plan to move to another state.
Average Cost by Bedroom Number
The size of your house or apartment will also affect the moving costs and saving money chances. Most moving service companies charge around $240 to $1,500 depending on how many bedrooms there are in your new location. This price range may include the moving truck and 2 to 3 movers and loading, transport, and unloading. However, you may have to pay an additional cost for the packing service if you need help with packing. This is also within 100 miles. Additional relocation miles will increase your costs.
Here is an average estimate for moving costs, including hours, per bedroom number.
|Number of Bedrooms||Price||Hours|
|1||$240 to $500||3 to 5|
|2||$320 to $700||4 to 7|
|3||$480 to $800||6 to 8|
|4||$640 to $1,200||8 to 12|
|5||$800 to $1,500+||10 to 15+|
Average Cost of Other Items
Aside from the standard items to move like beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, and small appliances. You may also have miscellaneous items to move, like your car, piano, or large fixtures that you want to bring with you. This may incur additional moving costs. Generally, the range is from $400 to $2,000.
If the items you want to bring along during your relocation needs disassembly, then you may want to consider buying or installing a replacement instead if saving money is a great concern. Disassembling and assembling these items may cause more than the actual cost of buying a new one.
What Factors Influence Moving Service Costs?
Although the quantify of the stuff you move and the distance of your relocation site are the main factors that can influence your moving costs, there are other factors that you need to consider as well.
Availing of Packing Services
Most moving service companies do not include packing services in their standard relocation offers. So, if you plan to ask the company to pack your items for you, you will have to pay an additional fee which will increase moving costs.
Storing your stuff
If you are moving for a long-distance relocation, even more so if it is cross-country, your items will have to be stored first before they are delivered. There is also an option to store your items before the actual moving day and after the actual move. This will incur additional moving costs. You need to ask your moving service company about storage costs as costs can differ from company to company. If you do not need to store items after your move, then do not avail of after-delivery storage as it will only impede on how you will be saving money.
Most moving companies only provide basic moving offers. These do not include disassembling and assembling furniture, additional moving supplies, moving specialty items, and other services other than actually moving the items. These additional services will increase your moving costs if you avail them.
Date of moving
Moving on a weekday and the weekend has different costs. Weekend relocation will cost more. This is the same with moving during peak seasons and off-seasons too. If you are concerned with saving money, schedule your move on a weekday and off-season to lessen moving costs.
You may never know what will happen during a move. There might be unexpected incidents along the way. Because of this, moving service companies offer liability coverage to their clients. You can inquire the different protection levels that your moving company is offering for your relocation. You can also consider purchasing additional insurance from third-party providers.
How Much Will It Cost to Move A Whole House?
If you want to move your entire house, moving costs will depend on how big the house. But generally, costs can be between $14 to $16 per square foot or around $15,000 to $200,000 in total. The cost may increase depending on the new location’s modifications to accommodate the house, the distance, and other necessary expenses like securing a permit.
What Items Will Moving Services Not Move?
You may think you can bring everything with you on your relocation when you hire a moving service. But there are things that movers will not pack and move for you no matter how much moving costs you pay. These are potentially dangerous items (e.g., gasoline, matches, fireworks, paints, and oxygen bottles), food, valuables (e.g., jewelry, family photos, cash, collections), and documents (e.g., deeds, stocks, wills, bonds).
A moving service is a great help when you move from one location to another, and you cannot do it yourself. You need to carefully consider how much you are willing to spend on this relocation. You will need to set aside a larger budget for moving costs if you plan to move to a long-distance or cross-country location and if you have many items to move. But, do also take advantage of saving money chances where you can.