How Moving Costs Work: A Guide to Moving Expenses
Moving can be a frightening prospect, but it doesn’t have to be! You should know what you’re getting into and what things are going to cost before you move.
So, what does it cost to move? One of the most common questions we get from our customers is “how much will this cost me”. This can be a hard one for us to answer right off the bat because every moving situation and budget are different. That being said, there are some tried-and-true ways to ensure that you understand your moving costs and that you can make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible with these tips:
– Know how much space you need in order to pack all of your stuff into boxes (this includes empty spaces on shelves or closets). It’s important not just so when they arrive at their new home everything has room, but also since many companies charge by weight and more often than not, overages will incur additional fees.
– Make sure you’re estimating the correct amount of boxes and packing supplies for your move. You can’t always find everything at a store when you need it, so order ahead if possible to make sure that there are enough materials on hand to pack up all your belongings in time for the big day. This will also help with budgeting since many stores charge by weight – and different types of materials may have more or less per box than others do as well!
– If you’re going long distance, start contacting moving companies early (at least two months before). This will ensure not only availability but pricing as well; rates usually go up closer to the date because most movers book their schedules out quite far in advance.
– If you’re staying in the same city, contact different companies to see which gives you the best deal. It’s not unheard of for two moving companies that are both available and close in price to have wildly divergent reviews – so it pays to compare!
– There is no law saying how many boxes one person needs or what size they need to be; but most people end up with more than enough if they err on the side of caution when ordering supplies. (This is especially true if there’s a second person handling packing.)
– Ask friends or family members who’ve recently moved for recommendations about specific items like tape, bubble wrap, furniture pads or plastic containers – and where to find them at discounted prices online before your move date.
There is a fair bit of calculations to your moving expenses, but in the end, it’s all worth it when you arrive at your dream home.