One of the most stressful parts of moving is determining your budget. From the bare-bones do-it-yourself move to the all-inclusive professional relocation, moving costs vary depending on the location, distance and size of your move. Even full-service moving company costs can fluctuate, especially if you choose to have the moving crew unpack or travel long distance, so don't count it out until you know what it will cost.
A full-package corporate relocation in which Realtor fees, points, closing costs, temporary living, house-hunting expenses and an all-inclusive move can cost between $75,000 and $100,000. If the company you work for is footing the bill, then this might be an option for you.
Keep in mind that just the move itself can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $25,000, depending on the distance of your move and the size of the household you're moving. Moving a small apartment within a state costs roughly between $2,000 and $3,000. Moving a large, four-bedroom house across the country will cost between $20,000 and $25,000.
Your move will be billed either by the job or by the hour. Ask your moving company in advance how you'll be billed and if you're paying for the crew to take breaks.
In a self-service move, you do the packing and load the truck, and the moving company drives your belongings to their new destination. You are responsible for packing, loading, unloading and unpacking your belongings, but you don't have to worry about transportation.
Self-service moves can cost anywhere from $1,000 for a small amount of belongings in an in-state move, to $5,000 for a long-distance, interstate move for a larger household.
Some self-service moving companies drop off an entire trailer for you to load, and then they charge you for how many linear feet of the trailer you've used. Others will drop off large crates for you to pack full and then will charge you for the number of crates you've loaded. For an additional fee, some self-service movers will help you wrap furniture and pack boxes.
Doing It All Yourself
The least expensive way to move is to gather moving supplies like boxes and tape yourself and rent a truck to transport your belongings. A U-Haul truck rental can cost up to $2,500, depending on the size truck you require, how far you're driving it, how long you need it and if you're leaving it at a different spot from where you rented it. While that's the cheapest way to relocate, you are solely responsible for the work and the risk.
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