Calculating the Average Cost of Moving

average cost of moving

How to Estimate Your Moving Costs

When you’re thinking about moving, cost definitely plays a part in your decisions. Like anything, there are cost variances with moving, depending on a number of variables. As you research what it will cost to move, consider the following criteria:

Where are you moving?

When you start to estimate your moving expenses, you need to begin with the distance you’re moving. No matter if you hire movers or are DIYing it, a cross-country move usually costs more than a local move. Generally, a long-distance move means it all has to go in one shot. That means you need a vehicle to hold all your items at once. Once you obtain that, there has to be gas in the tank to get your items where they are going, which will also be an expense.

When are you moving?

There are two ways that time plays into estimating moving costs—time of year and how much time you have to plan.

Time of Year

Moving companies’ peak season is generally April-August. This is because the weather is nicer (especially if you’re in the northern climates). Additionally this time is also a good time for those with children in school. There are less interruptions in their education when you move during the summer months. Think of things in terms of planning a vacation—scheduling your trip during the off-peak season generally means you will have more affordable prices. The same can be true for moving. If you have to (or want to) move during the peak season, you are probably going to spend a little more, so make sure you keep that in mind as you estimate your moving costs.

Time to Plan

Are you moving in six months or six weeks? If you have a longer time-frame to plan your move, there’s a good chance you can be choosier when it comes to prices and services. However, if you are planning your move from beginning to end in a short period of time, you may not be so lucky with finding the best prices for your moving costs.

What are you moving?

Be realistic with what you need to move as you budget your moving expenses. A three-bedroom house with a garage and a basement is going to cost considerably more than moving a one-bedroom apartment. Moving costs are often charged by weight, and if you have more stuff, the weight of your load will increase. Also, if you are using a professional moving company, the more items you have, the more people (and time) it will require.

How are you moving?

If you are renting a truck yourself and relying on your friends and family to help you move, that can certainly cut costs up front. However, since your DIY crew are probably not professional movers, be prepared for the breaks, dents, and scratches that will happen as things get from here to there. Your costs savings may dissipate as you have to pay to fix or replace your items. Plus, friends and family could suddenly be “busy” when it comes to unloading on the other end of your move, which may cause a delay in returning your rented vehicle. Hiring a professional moving company will cost more than DIY, but will be well worth the money. Their professional movers will wrap and secure your items based on their years of expertise. Plus, they’ll be around at the end to unload your items at the final destination. Keep this criteria in mind as you budget for your upcoming move. If and when you’re ready to get a detailed moving quote from a reputable moving company, you will have a better idea of what goes into the costs of relocating.

Cost of moving

We offer FREE moving estimates conducted at your convenience. While in-home estimates still are available, we’re proud to be an agent for National Van Lines, which offers customers a choice of online, social distance-approved tools just as accurate as the onsite method—only safer and far more convenient.

If you happen to be DIY-er, you can take advantage of Yembo—a high-tech, state-of-the-art move-estimating tool. YOU move room-to-room using your smartphone or tablet to grab snapshots of your possessions. The 15-minute average completion time makes it a breeze. Plus, with no appointments needed, you’re able to obtain an estimate 24/7. Now, that’s convenience and COVID-era-approved zero-touch safety.

Have you prepared a packing list? It’s a great way to ensure your long-distance move is organized and efficient.

Saving money

People often worry moving is going to break the bank. But don’t fret. DYK? Relocation expenses often are tax-deductible. Plus, when you hire pro movers, their skillful approach to relocation can save you not only money, but time (time is money, right?). Their expertise will prove invaluable for planning, organizing, packing and protecting belongings.

Please bear in mind that before you can gain a rough estimate of your moving costs, you’ll want to note whether any of your belongings require special shipping-and-handling procedures. Known as specialty moving, this category of long distance moving concentrates on the special attention required when transporting fine art, grandfather clocks, stamp/coin collections, pianos and other musical instruments.

You also have reimbursement options in the unlikely even any damage to items should occur during packing, relocating or unpacking. This type of protection is called “valuation.” It’s important to realize valuation is not insurance.

National Van Lines agents offer two valuation levels: basic coverage or full-value replacement. Your homeowner’s insurance policy might not cover the value of your possessions during transport. Make sure you’re protected.

  • Basic-coverage protection: This free coverage reimburses you 60 cents per pound per item—whether it’s a grand piano or a kitchen chair.
  • Full-value protection: This option provides for either repair or replacement cost (whichever is less). (Available with or without deductible.)

Adjusting your estimate

Did the final estimate come in a bit more expensive than expected?

A long distance move is mostly based on weight. So, a good strategy is dropping those pounds by slimming down on your possessions. A yard/garage/tag sale offers a great solution. Think of it as: Someone pays you to haul away your stuff. You drop the total tonnage on your stuff and can use the money you make to help defray those cross country moving expenses. Didn’t sell it all? Donate the remaining items to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charity and write them off on your next income-tax filing. If you’re moving with a pet, take account for additional costs.

If you have departure flexibility, avoiding the summer moving rush likely will provide a discount vs. moving during the May–September peak season.

We’re happy to help you start the process with a FREE quote. Contact us today. We’ll advise you on all things moving, including sanitizing your new home.

The American Way

If you’re looking for a professional moving and storage company in Dayton, Ohio that has assisted hundreds of residents in your community with everything from residential to commercial moving services, then you’re looking for American Way Van & Storage. Our family-owned moving company provides Dayton-area residents with professional commercial and residential relocation solutions at fair prices. When you partner with American Way, you always receive a comprehensive list of moving services so that you can make the decision that’s best for your specific relocation needs.

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