• Faced with the decision to move or not to move, you should factor in all the costs involved. There are more expenses to moving than just renting a moving van. The costs depend upon how far you are moving, how many possessions you move and whether you do most of the work yourself or hire a moving company to help.


    Figure out the distance between your current home and your new location. Whether you are renting a trailer and packing yourself or you are hiring a company to do this work for you, the further away you are moving from your original location, the more money it is going to cost. According to, as of 2009, a cross country move can run between $8,000 and $15,000, while a move closer to home may only run a few thousand. Those rates can be reduced drastically if you choose to do most of the work yourself.


    Plan for a big enough trailer to move all of your belongings. You will need at least a 26-foot truck to move the contents of a four bedroom house, according to U-Haul's truck and trailer guide. You can reduce the size you need by clearing out clutter and holding garage sales or taking items to a thrift store. If you are single or have a smaller apartment, you will likely be able to get by with a much smaller trailer or truck. This can help you save even more money. Expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for the rental and cover the cost of gas. Some companies also charge a per-mile rate or charge that rate over a certain number of miles.


    If you can arrange to move in the winter, when business is slow, then you'll have a better chance at getting a discounted rate on a wide variety of services.


    Plan for additional costs, such as buying boxes, packing material, tape, setting up utilities at your new home and eating out for a few days while you are in the process of moving.

    Bottom Line

    Plan for enough funds to move efficiently. If your company offers a moving allowance, be sure you request enough to cover the costs of moving to a new location, which can be considerable if the move is far away. Get quotes from several moving companies before you make a final decision. Be careful of scams: If one quote is considerably less than the others, proceed with caution.


    U-Haul Truck Size Guide

    "The Moving Survival Guide: All You Need to Know to Make Your Move Go Smoothly;" Martha Poage; 2004

  • I've moved a lot! Even across country, and it never costed me over $1000! Losing my home did, but not the move. Then again I never used a pro. And it's been a while since I've moved. But if you want some tips let me know.

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