Estimating moving costs can be a bit tricky. There are plenty of variables, which makes it somewhat difficult to get an accurate figure. However, hiring a professional mover for a local move will cost anywhere from about $300 to $1,500, depending on the size of the move. Moving long distance will probably cost between $2,500 -$5,000, depending on the size of the move as well as the distance. Moving cross country will likely cost more than moving to a nearby state. Nonetheless, here are a few tips on how to calculate moving costs.

How to Calculate Moving Costs 

    Don’t know how to calculate moving costs? Your move can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,500 for a local move and anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 for a long distance move. 

    We’re going to consider the average cost of hiring a moving company and the cost of a DIY move. While there are plenty of variables to consider, this article will emphasize on the most critical factors to bear in mind.

  1. Average Cost of Hiring a Moving Company
  2. Your local moving company is likely going to charge by the hour rates for town moves. The hourly rates are usually based on the number of people needed to complete the move and will typically range from $50 to $200 per hour. Long distance moving companies will usually charge by weight. As such, the cost of moving a house can range from $600 up to tens of thousands of dollars based on the size as well as the distance of the move.

  3. Average Cost of a DIY Move
  4. If you’re willing to pack, do all the heavy lifting and drive to your new destination, you’ll usually save a good sum of the total cost of the move. The most common DIY options are rental trucks, moving freight trailers and moving containers.

  5. Moving Truck Rental Costs
  6. The average price for a moving truck rental will often range between $30 and $500, depending on the duration of the rental and size of the truck. Another critical cost you want to calculate beforehand is fuel. A moving truck rental should get on average 8-12 miles per gallon, depending on the size of the truck and how full or empty it is.

  7. Renting a Portable Storage Container
  8. For an interstate move, the average moving container price can range from about $900 to $4,500 depending on the size of the move and distance. Things tend to get more expensive the longer the distance you plan on moving. You can minimize your costs by finding a company that has nearby locations on both ends of your move.

  9. Cost of Renting a Freight Trailer
  10. Freight trailers are another great option for a long distance move if you don’t want to drive. Freight moving companies usually charge per foot of space used in the trailer. Prices will range from about $500 to $4,000 depending on the total space used and distance covered.

    Bottom Line

    The tips mentioned should give you a hint on how to calculate moving costs. It’s also important to consider additional costs such as specialty packing, shuttle trucks, bulky items, and more. Also, moving in and out of sparsely populated areas is likely to be more costly since fewer movers go to less populated areas. For a more accurate moving quote, TopMoving offers a moving quote calculator that’ll give you a better idea of how much to budget for your move — whether it be local or long distance. 

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