How Much Does it Cost to Move?

How much does it cost to move? That can depend on how far you’re moving, where you’re relocating to, and how much help you’re planning on hiring. Below are a few questions worth considering.

Types of Moving Costs

There are several moving costs that you might want to factor in when trying to figure the total cost of your move—a few of them might depend on how well you plan.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Moving Truck?

A small moving truck can cost as little as $130 for a local move, but over $1,500 if you’re planning a relocation. For a 1,400-mile trip—you’d be looking at about $1,500 for a 10-foot truck that’s estimated to fit a 1-bedroom or studio and up to $3,000 for a 26-foot truck that fits a three to four-bedroom home. It’s extra if you plan to tow your vehicle. Rates can vary though, depending on how soon or late you book your truck and how busy the current season is for moving.


How Much Does It Cost to Hire Movers?

If you don’t already have a truck and don’t want to go through the trouble of renting one, you can always rent movers with a truck. For a local move, you could end up spending around $1,200. The same move about 1,000 miles away would cost around $5,000. These costs will vary depending on the size of the room and how much you shop around. Hourly rates for movers are anywhere from $65 to $100 an hour. You’ll pay more for a larger crew. In terms of how long movers take, a studio or one-bedroom move takes about 2-3 hours while a two-bedroom move take about 3-5 hours.


How Much Are Moving Containers?

Moving pods are also an option, and they could be an ideal option for someone who is planning on needing storage during the interim of their move. But they are on the pricier side. When you order moving containers, they are dropped off at your home. You can then keep the container at your home for as long as you need, as additional storage space. When you’re ready to move, a truck will come to pick up your containers.

Not sure where you’re moving to yet? You can also store your containers at a storage facility. All of this is typically handled by one company. The cost of renting a moving container for a local move is usually between $349-$549, while the cost of a long-distance move averages $999-$2,999.


Relocation Costs & Tips

There are other costs to consider too, when moving, besides the obvious. Getting a new place is exciting and you’ll probably want to splurge on a least a few new pieces to make your new place feel like home. Some things might get tossed or damaged along the way, that you’ll need to replace. Here’s a list of a few additional relocation costs you might want to consider:


  • New furniture
  • New organization materials
  • Down payments on rental properties
  • Gas
  • Eating out costs
  • Hotel costs if you can move into your new place right away
  • Insurance on car/truck rentals

Other Relocation Tips

Looking for other relocation tips to keep the stress of moving to a minimum? Here are a few suggestions.


Plan ahead

Planning ahead can save you time and stress. Set a schedule for yourself and book your services in advance so there is less risk of something falling through.

Pack early

The earlier you start packing some of your things, the more time you’ll have to take it at your own pace. Packing can feel daunting, especially if you’re doing it without professionals, so try to think of it as a job that can be taken care of a few hours at a time instead something you try to cram into one weekend.

Set a budget

Figure out how much you have to dedicate to your relocation and make sure you have a safety net in case something goes wrong. Something is always going to come up and it could be an added expense. Once you have enough money set aside for these things, then consider how much you can afford in terms of services and help.


Deciding how much your move is going to cost might take some planning, but it’s worth the research. And once you’ve packed for your move, you’ll have one of the most challenging parts behind you. Hopefully, these moving and relocation tips have helped you get a head start on some of your expenses and relocation costs.



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Published 9.1.2021

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