Moving from one home to another can be an expensive proposition, whether you hire professional movers or try to do it yourself. Various factors, including the size of your new and old homes and the distance of your move, can affect the price.
Costs of Professional Movers
Professional movers often set their prices based on the amount of belongings to be moved and the number of trucks and movers needed, with an average per hour cost of $25. They can also base their prices on the estimated weight of the belongings to be moved, figuring 7 pounds of belongings for every square foot of living space. A family of four moving from a three-bedroom house could be quoted $5,000-$8,000 for a cross-country move.
Costs of Do-It-Yourself Movers
Renting moving trucks and moving your own belongings is often cheaper than using professional movers, though there can be hidden and unexpected expenses. Renting a large truck for the cross-country move of a four-bedroom house could cost approximately $3,000.
The Hidden Costs of Moving
The costs of professional movers or truck rentals may be the largest element of moving, but there are many other costs that should be added into the final total. Boxes can cost more than $2 each, with an eight-room house usually requiring more than 100 boxes. Furniture pads, sealing tape, labels and bubble wrap add to the costs, usually about $200 per move. If you are renting a moving truck, don't forget to estimate the gasoline costs. If you use professional movers, tip them at least $25 each.