The overall size of your home is the largest factor to consider when calculating the cost of your move. The below chart shows the average prices for a move based on average hourly rates charged by local moving companies. This includes the truck rental cost and the hourly rate charged by professional movers. There may be additional services and fees for things like long-distance moving, packing your items for you, storing items, and moving oversized items.
If you’re planning on moving large and heavy items, such as a piano, it’s important you realize this can cost you an additional $200 to $1048. If the movers need to use a crane to lift the piano this can cost up to an additional $3,200.
Certain items that are heavy and bulky that take up extra space in the moving truck will also cost more. These items include:
If you need to move a car, you will need to hire a separate car transport service. Professional car-shipping companies usually charge based on the distance they need to travel to deliver the vehicle. For short distances, the cost is typically less than $1,300 per vehicle. As for long distance transports, the typical cost is $1,300 to $2,600 per vehicle.
There are many factors that can affect the cost of your move. The two biggest factors are your current location and the distance of the move. Some other factors that may affect your final cost include:
Moving and Packing Estimates
The more work you have the professionals do for you, the higher your total cost will be. If you hire a full-service company to pack, load, unload, and unpack all your items, you can expect to pay an additional $520 in hourly costs. While this is a high cost, it’s a good option for those who are too busy to pack or need assistance to pack quickly.
Keep in mind that this average cost can differ considerably depending on factors such as the size of your home, the amount of items to be packed, and any other special requirements you may have. Be sure to check with your company whether or not this rate includes standard packing materials.
Moving Van & Truck Rental Costs
If you’re looking to move on a budget, a good option is to consider renting a truck or van and enlisting the help of your family and friends. The cost of a rental van or truck can vary considerably depending on the size needed, time to complete the move, and the price of gas. The average cost to rent a truck or van can range from under $65 to over $2,600.
While this can be a cheaper option, it’s important to take into consideration just how much money you will be saving versus the amount of effort and physical labor you will have to do. Sometimes the savings do not outweigh the amount of time and labor you will have to put in.
Access to Pickup/Dropoff Locations
It’s important both you and the moving company are aware ahead of time of any difficulties there may be in loading or unloading your boxes. There can be extra charges if the movers have to carry items a considerable distance, go up and down several flights of stairs, or use a window to hoist items in and out. This is why it’s a good idea to have the moving professionals visit both locations (if possible) before moving day so that they can add any of these factors into their quote.
Timing of the Move
Due to the fact summer is the busiest season for movers, it’s also the season with the highest rates. As movers will be extra busy in summer months, you can expect to pay sometimes as much as two times more for moving services during summer. Moving rates are also typically higher on holidays. Take the time of your move into consideration and see if you can wait until later in September to move instead of at the beginning of August.
Generally most professional moving companies will include basic liability coverage. This coverage is for approximately 60 cents per pound per item. If you require full-value protection, the cost will be higher.