Calculating Moving Costs


While house hunting and building a new construction home can be a fun and exciting process, packing everything you own in boxes and loading up a moving truck isn’t that exciting. You have lots of options when it’s time to move, and the costs associated will depend on which options you go with. If you’re trying to crunch the numbers on how much a move will cost, here’s a list of typical moving costs.

Rental Truck- Flat rates start at $20 and go up from there depending on how big of a truck you need. There may also be charges for mileage driven.

Movers- There are two options here: loaders and full service. The first option will cover loading and unloading the truck, but you’ll have to pack everything in boxes. Rates for this service can range from $200-$2000 depending on how big your home is. Full service movers will do the packing and the loading for you, all you have to do is point where things go. Rates go for $25-$50 per hour per mover.

Storage- In a perfect world, you would close on your new house and sell your old home with no awkward in between time. However, there’s often some overlap and you may need to store some item temporarily.  Storage facility rates start around $50 per month for a small unit, and go up to $300 or $400 for larger units.

Moving Supplies- Finally, you’ll need to account for the cost of boxes, tape, and packing supplies. You can normally scavenge spare boxes from friends, liquor stores, and big discount stores, but you’ll likely end up buying some new boxes as well.