So, you want to know how much does a moving company cost, huh? Well, it depends. That’s like asking how much a house costs. How many rooms does it have? Is it across the street from a toxic waste dump? Just like the variables of a home change its cost, the variables of your move will change how much a moving company will cost you.
Here are the main factors that determine how much a moving company will cost.
What Are You Asking Them For?
There’s a range of services moving companies provide at different price points. Budget services with limited packing/unpacking options tend to cost less. Full-service moves that pack everything, load the truck, drive the truck, and completely unpack at your new home typically cost the most. Semi-service options fall in the middle of the price range.
Packing your moving boxes can save some money, but professional packers are trained to properly wrap and protect delicate items, so maybe it’s worth the fee, which is typically $0.50 to $1.50 per pound of items.
How Far Are You Moving?
The farther you move, the more a moving company will typically charge. Long-distance moves require more time, fuel and insurance. Most moving companies charge based on an hourly rate, so longer drives mean higher costs. Local moves (under 50 miles) cost a lot less, which sucks if you’re trying to get out of Florida.
How Much Stuff Do You Have?
Moving companies will generally charge per item for large appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers. Mattresses and pianos also often have special rates. The total weight of all your boxes and belongings determines the base pricing. The more you have, the higher the bill will be.
When Are You Moving?
Peak moving seasons like summer tend to be the most expensive since there is higher demand. Winter and spring are often the cheapest times to move. However, prices can vary depending on local market conditions and the specific moving company you choose.
So How Much Does a Moving Company Cost?
Only the good Lord above knows how much your move will cost you. Sure, God gave us math, but math is hard! Make a computer estimate the cost for you.
At Least You Know How Much Your Boxes Will Cost
There’s only so much we can control during our brief time on this flawed but beautiful planet. At least with Banana Box, you can control how much you spend on moving boxes. Banana Box sells cardboard moving boxes and supplies, and offers reusable, plastic moving boxes for rent. We drop them off and pick them up, free of charge, because you’re already spending too much on this major life event.
Book your Twin Cities Move online or over the phone at (612) 979-5137.