Typical Relocation Expenses
How to budget for relocation costs
If you haven’t moved long distance before, or if it’s been a long time since you made a move, you may not know what relocation expenses to include in your budget. One of your biggest costs will the relocation service itself, but there are a few other important things to consider (like packing supplies, help loading and unloading, and travel). Let’s explore some typical moving costs, followed by ways to keep your moving expenses low.
Typical relocation expenses
Of course, every move is different. There may be some items on this list that don't apply to you, or you may have an unusual circumstance that comes with additional costs. This list of moving expenses will get you started as you plan your move.
- Relocation service. The cost of moving can vary widely depending on the service you choose. A full-service mover typically comes with a higher price tag, whereas a DIY service like U-Pack is more affordable. And you may think truck rental is on the cheap end of the moving spectrum, but think again! Once you add in the additional costs associated with truck rental (liability coverage, fuel, taxes, towing your car), truck rental costs can really add up. Get the best value by moving with U-Pack – we save you from doing all the work and keep your relocation costs low. Check out the moving prices from U-Pack with a free moving quote. With U-Pack, we do all the driving which saves you time and money.
- Moving crews. Get the main benefit of full-service movers and still save money by combining a DIY move with assistance. We can refer to you experienced help who can assist with the loading, unloading, or both. Just ask a moving consultant at 800-413-4799.
- Travel costs. The cost to move you, your family, and your pets is another relocation expense. The total for this line item will vary depending on your mode of transportation. You might have plane tickets, car maintenance, hotel stays, or meals on the road to plan for.
- Packing supplies. We recommend budgeting for quality moving boxes and supplies. Why? The boxes you grab from the grocery store aren’t built to the same standard as professional moving boxes. They can crush more easily, which can damage your belongings. The U-Pack Box Store offers cheap moving boxes with FREE shipping. And don’t forget to leave room in your budget for things like dish pack boxes, wardrobe boxes, Bubble Wrap®, and packing paper to protect your items during transit. In case you’re thinking about using plastic storage totes, think again! Those can easily crush too.
- Finding a new home. If you’re using a realtor or housing service to help you find your new home, there may be fees involved. Most realtors charge 2% on the buying side, and 6% on the selling side, so don’t forget to include this in your relocation expenses.
- Utility deposits. As you transfer utilities, you may have fees to pay or deposits to put down. This isn’t a typical relocation expense you would think about, so don’t forget to make room for these costs in your budget. Utility company deposits can range from $25 to $200, depending on the service. You can determine your exact charges by calling your utility providers.
- License and registration. Check with the Department of Motor Vehicles in your new area to determine the new license and registration fees (which vary by state). Count those relocation costs for each adult and vehicle in your household.
- Renovations. Depending on where you’re moving, you may want to upgrade your new place. From buying cleaning supplies to last-minute purchases like a new ceiling fan or faucet, these purchases can add up quickly.
How to Save On Your Relocation Expenses
It doesn’t matter if you’re paying for the move out of pocket, or if your company is footing some of the bill as part of a relocation package. Either way, you probably want to move as affordably as possible. When you keep in mind that driving a rental truck would add fuel costs, plus extra hotel stays and meals along the way, plus the hassle of driving - you may want to go a different route. If you're trying to save time and money, check out U-Pack! Moving services like U-Pack help you save by taking care of the driving for you. And since ‘time is money’, you’ll save more with our quick transit times—move practically anywhere in the U.S. in just 2-5 business days. How exactly does a U-Pack move work?
- U-Pack brings a moving trailer or moving container right to your door.
- You pack and load your stuff. Once you’re loaded, your belongings are delivered right to your door!
- You unload (or use a moving crew).
- U-Pack picks up the empty equipment.
Keep your moving budget down to just the typical relocation expenses. Avoid overpaying for your move with a free moving quote from U-Pack— you'll be surprised at the savings.
If you have questions about other typical relocation expenses, moving with U-Pack, or relocating in general, just leave a comment below.