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Moving Costs

It is important to create a household moving checklist that helps you project and track your moving costs. A budget can also help you identify ways to save money. The majority of your moving expenses will be spent on professional moving services or a truck rental for a do-it-yourself move. Whether you choose full-service moving or do-it-yourself, you should fully explore your options. In order to determine the true price of moving services, keep in mind the following expenses:

Professional household moving or do-it-yourself costs

  • Moving company fee
  • Additional insurance
  • Specialty services
  • Professional Packing (optional)
  • Tips
  • Claims/Damages (5%)

Do it yourself

  • Truck rental
  • Mileage charges
  • Gas
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Gifts/Food
  • Time

Packing Supplies

You can buy packing supplies from moving companies, office supply shops, and online stores; shop around to see where you can get the best price. You will need:

  • Boxes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newsprint
  • Tape
  • Labels
  • Markers

Storage Fees

You may need storage facility at some point in your move. While pricing for storage is fairly simple, keep in mind the various factors that contribute to the cost of your storage facility:

  • Storage fees
  • Shipping protection 
  • Lock

Miscellaneous household moving costs

Don’t forget the miscellaneous expenses that add to the total cost of your move. Anything directly related to moving should be added into your moving budget, so you can be completely prepared for all expenses, including:

  • Appraisals
  • Transportation
  • Lodging/temporary housing
  • Meals
  • Childcare