The Cost at Point A
Estimates from around the country, show that moving companies charge about $25 an hour, for each mover on the job. To get an accurate idea of average moving costs let us use the following scenario. A family relocates from a 3-bedroom home in Los Angeles to New York City. The average weight of their belongings is around 10,000 lbs. Using moving calculators, price estimates typically place the cost of moving at greater than $10,000. These estimates account for packing, unpacking and total driving time; the final price however, may be even larger. Moving exceptionally large items such as pianos, dealing with antiques or having to move items down flights of stairs will mean dealing with a higher final price. Have to transport a vehicle? It could tack on hundreds of dollars to your total.
Though cheaper than using a professional moving company, even the do-it-yourself mover may not be fully prepared for the cost. According to U-Haul, a 26-foot rental truck (the biggest available) is capable of moving a 4-bedroom home. Using the above scenario, it would cost over $3,000 to rent the truck for up to 10 days to transport your household from the west coast to the east coast.
This price is just the beginning however. Movers can choose to buy boxes and rent other supplies directly from the moving company. For a 26-foot rental truck, U-Haul recommends around 50 boxes ranging in a variety of sizes including small, extra-large and wardrobe boxes. The price for small boxes starts around $2. Renters are also encouraged to buy several furniture pads to protect furniture from being damaged at a price tag of $8 each. A box of bubble wrap will cost $20. In all, these items can add over $200 to the final moving cost. Box sealing tape, furniture dollies, moving labels, twine and other moving accessories will also increase the cost of your move.