Typical Moving Costs You Should Prepare For

Typical Moving Costs You Should Prepare For

Moving into a new home is an exciting endeavor. Unfortunately, it can also be a costly one. In order to avoid sticker shock when you are undergoing a move, you should be sure to account for all of the costs related to moving before the big day.

To help you better understand what moving will cost you, we are going to take a look at the typical moving costs that you should expect to be faced with.

A moving truck

Chances are that you have a lot more stuff than you thought you did! It is also likely that you do not have a vehicle with enough cargo space to transport all of your belongings. As such, you will need to rent a moving truck to get all of your possessions from point A to point B (especially larger items like tables and beds).


Boxes are not normally thought of as a moving cost, but they won’t just magically appear out of thin air. So unless you have been hoarding enough boxes to pack up everything in your home, you will have to buy some. Fortunately, the cost of your moving boxes can often be mitigated by selling them back to recycled box sellers who will re-sell them to be used for another move.

Storage facility rental

Most people have more possessions than they thought. Basements, attics, garages and bedrooms are great at hiding the sheer volume of items that you own.

Once you’ve had a good look at everything you need to move, you may decide that you want to keep most of it — but not in your new home. This means that you will need a storage facility to hold your possessions. A storage facility is a moving expense that can affect you long after you have settled into your new home, so be sure to plan for the ongoing rental of storage space if you choose to go this route.

Professional movers

Professional movers can get your possessions neatly into your new home more quickly, efficiently and painlessly than if you would have done it yourself. As such, it might be a good idea to hire the pros to ensure that your items arrive on time, safely and intact.

Professional moving companies often charge for distance, time and the number of movers that you need, so keep this in mind when budgeting for this cost.

The weight of your property

Tables, chairs, televisions, cookware and even clothes can weigh a whole lot when they are clustered together. To give you an idea of how much this can be, the move from an average four bedroom home usually adds up to between 4 and 5 tons. That is a lot of weight, and it does a lot to increase your typical moving costs. Not only does it reduce the fuel efficiency of your moving truck, but movers could charge you more for a higher weight. Be prepared for this increased expense should you decide to move larger, heavier items.

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