How to Calculate Your Average Moving Costs

Written by Adrian Brito Posted On Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:30

According to a Dallas moving company, moving can be one of the most joyous and stressful things that you take part in. You are either one of those types of people who love being in a new place and redecorating spaces. Or, you utterly despise the moving process and avoid doing it as much as possible. Moving is not just about packing up all your belongings and choosing the right place to live. It’s also about budgeting and ensuring you are prepared to handle all the costs surrounding your move. So, what are the cost factors that you need to analyze while you are making a move?

Location – Local

Research conducted by Zillow states that about 57% of those who sell their house to move are moving locally. And an estimated 86% of movers relocate within their current state. You should take into account the size of your home when you begin calculating your moving costs.

• A one bedroom apartment will take about 3 to 5 hours to move and cost $200-$500
• A two bedroom apartment will take about 5 to 7 hours to move and cost $400-$700
• A three bedroom house will take about 7 to 10 hours to move and cost $560-$1,000
• A four bedroom house will take over ten hours to move and cost $800-$2,000

When we calculate these prices, we are talking about hiring movers to assist you in your move, because, honestly; doing it on your own is a virtually impossible feat.

Location – Long Distance

When you’re packing up for a long distance move, pricing will be on the higher side of the equation. If you need to cross state lines, for example, it’s essential to factor in that you will accumulate costs for gas and labor. When working with a professional and reputable moving company, they will devise an agreement that outlines the cost, breaking down all the essentials, so you can get a full picture of where your dollars are being used.

Do It Yourself

You might be thinking that you don’t want to hire a moving company, as you’re tight on cash; so you’ve elected to make a move yourself. You could ask all of your friends with big cars to help, but keep in mind if a moving truck is something that you want to invest in, it’s about $20 a day.

Minimum Options

You can ask for just a loading and transportation service, where you pack everything up and purely have professionals come in to do the heavy lifting. This can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000 depending on the number of belongings you have.


What if you need to move out by a specific date, but your new home won’t be available right away? This means you will have to factor in a storage unit, which could range anywhere from $50 to $400 a month.

Moving is certainly not the most blissful activity, but you are hopefully moving because you are upgrading your living situation. So, be sure to factor everything in beforehand!

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