Moving is a common and sometimes unavoidable part of life. That doesn’t mean you have to unknowingly spend more money than necessary on moving expenses, though. There are plenty of expenses that can quickly add up, costing you much more than you anticipated.
In fact, the average cost of an intrastate move is $1,170, and the average move between states costs $5,630 (both numbers are based on an average weight of 7,100 pounds), per U.S. News & World Report: “Worldwide ERC, an association for professionals who work with employee transfers, places the number even higher: It says the cost of the average move within the U.S. is $12,459.”One thing’s for sure – moving is expensive, and it can cost you much more than you imagined possible. By knowing about some of the hidden costs, you can avoid several charges and save yourself some money.
1. Cheap movers
This often has the potential to cost you a lot more than you’d think. If you hear about a really low special, it’s time to be a little bit skeptical, according to U.S. News & World Report. Make sure you look into the details – are they charging by the hour? How many people are they bringing to help move your belongs? If they’re only sending one person, you could end up paying for a lot more hours than you expected, meaning that cheap rate could quickly end up costing you much more.
And if you’re paying a lot less than what other companies are charging, you might risk losing some of the cautiousness with your items that you’d hope to see with your movers. If a lot of your furniture gets banged up or even ruined in the moving process, it’s going to be pretty expensive to replace it.