Figure Out Your Cost To Move
As you prepare for your move, one of the first things you’ll do is create a moving budget. But if you haven’t moved before, or it’s been a while, it’s difficult to know where to start. Do you budget $500 or $5,000?
The only way to know how much a moving company will charge for your specific move is to start getting moving quotes and figuring out how much moving companies cost. You can get an instant moving quote in just a few clicks, and it is customized for your specific move.
As you gather quotes, one thing you’ll notice right away is that moving company costs can vary drastically based on several different factors. First, based on the type of service you’re looking at. How much of the work are they doing and how much are you doing? Then, costs can vary based on where you’re moving, when you’re moving and how much you’re moving. Here’s a little of what you can expect in terms of cost from these different types of moving services:
What Full-Service Movers Cost
While every full-service mover is different, they typically charge based on the overall weight of your shipment. They may also charge for mileage, stairs, the distance from the moving truck to the front door (if it’s a long-carry), weather conditions, etc. Recently I read online of a lady who was charged an extra $500 for a full-service mover who had to unload during a rainstorm – an unexpected occurrence that’s impossible to budget for. While you’re getting moving estimates to determine how much moving companies cost, ask about any potential “extra” fees.
What Rental Truck Companies Cost
Again, while each rental truck company is unique, most charge based on the size of the truck, and the distance of your move. You’ll also need to be prepared to pay for fuel, damage protection, sales tax and highway tolls. And if you need a tow dolly for your vehicle, add that as an additional expense. When you consider the high prices of gas these days, the cost for truck rental can really add up – especially when you’re moving long distance. Check out U-Pack’s Rental Truck Fuel Calculator to see what to expect.
What “You Pack, We Drive” Services Cost
Since U-Pack is one, this is the type of moving service we’re most familiar with, and of course, it’s what we recommend. Many “you pack, we drive” services offer containerized moving options where you pay based on the containers you reserve. U-Pack is one of the few (if not only) that also offers the option to pay for the amount of space you use inside a moving trailer, and reduces your price if you use less space than you reserved. It’s also one of the only services that allows you to pay only for the number of moving containers you use – regardless of how many you reserve. It’s a great way to eliminate the worry of trying to estimate the weight of your shipment. No extra fees for gas. Just pack and load your belongings into a moving trailer or moving container, and pay for the space you use. Simple as that. Use U-Pack’s space estimator tool to see how much space your move will take. Then, get a free moving quote to see how much U-Pack Moving costs.
Go U-Pack! If you haven’t seen your moving quote yet, you’ll soon find out that U-Pack is a great moving option. It’s easy and affordable. Call 1-800-413-4799 to speak with one of our moving specialists. They’re ready to help you plan your U-Pack move. Go U-Pack! We drive, you save®!