Here at Peerform we strongly suggest you sit down and budget for the relocation
instead of just accumulate costs on the fly. By using a moving cost calculator,
which is available online, you will be able to estimate the costs of your move.
This in turn will allow you to preplan costs, budgets and cut costs where possible.
There are many factors that affect the cost of relocating and such as if you are
moving out of state, which is going to be much more expensive than a cross-town
move. Other factors that affect the cost of moving include how much of the work
is being done by professionals and the weight of all your belongings. Online
calculators let you enter your location, destination and approximate weight of your shipment.
You can save money by moving yourself, but this takes time and a lot of sweat and
toil. If you have a busy job or family responsibilities, a self-move really does
not make much sense and the money that you might save by not hiring a professional
moving company will be balanced out by the hours you lose from work and the
exhaustion you will feel by the time you arrive at your new home.
If you do choose to hire professionals, you still have opportunities to trim down
the costs by doing some of the work yourself, such as the packing.
You have 3 options and your budget in each case is going to highly differ:
Pack everything yourself, rent a moving truck and hire workers to load and unload.
Pack everything yourself, but hire a company to load, drive and unload at the new destination.
Hire a professional moving company and leave everything in their hands.
Option 1 is proving to be pretty popular according to moving
company officials. Under this scenario, it does not matter how far you are moving.
You hire workers to load up at your original location and a different team of workers
to unload at your destination. Workers charge a flat fee for a certain number of
hours, and if they go over, then you pay by the hour for the additional work. You
need to buy your own packing materials and pay for the moving truck. Moving trucks
typically rent by the day, with no extra charge for mileage. If it is a long-distance
move, be sure to add to your moving costs meals, gas and overnight lodging.
The second option is more expensive, and you still need
to buy all the packing materials and do the packing yourself.
A full service move is the most expensive. How much it will
cost you varies by where you live—if you are located in the big cities of the East
or West Coasts, it is going to cost more. Other variants include: the time of year
of your move, i.e., summer is the most expensive, how much there is to pack up and
load onto the truck, and the distance you are traveling. The moving company you hire
will come to examine your belongings and provide you with a quote.