Important Questions Towards Your Move – 4/7

Are you moving yourself or with a moving company?

Moving by yourself can be a financially sound option, but only when you’re facing a local move – a type of relocation that covers a distance of 100 miles or less and stays within the state of origin. This is probably the most popular way to move locally.

In your case, speaking of a long distance move, there are few things you need to consider before choosing this option. Basically, you will do all or most of the work and it won’t come cheap when you add all the small costs.

Let’s take a look at some of the average costs for the different steps along the self-service move:

  • Truck Rentals. This cost varies based on the distance and the number of days you’re going to use the truck. Keep in mind that local truck rentals are much cheaper than one way moving trucks from the popular truck rental companies like Penske, Budget and U-Haul. The approximate moving costs may go up because of the extra fees you should expect. The typical charges might be additional mileage fees, tolls, a truck cleaning fee (if returned dirty), etc.
  • Truck Rental Insurance. This moving cost can go up to $150. There are some damages not covered by your insurance policy, for example – overhead damages.
  • Gas/Diesel expenses. As far as the truck rental is concerned, the fuel cost is not included in the rental price. The fuel consumption of most truck rental vans is between 7 and 10 miles per gallon, based on the size of the truck. If you get a 26’ moving truck and your new home is 1500 miles away, you’re looking at an average of 200 gallons of fuel at approximately $4 per gallon. Another useful tip – always fill up the tank and clean your truck when returning it, unless you’re willing to pay an additional fee.
  • Hotel expenses. When moving cross country on a 1500-mile moving trip, you will spend at least 1 night at a hotel along the way. The average cost per night is $100 or more, based on the place where you decide to stay.
  • Hiring Moving Help. This is the third most expensive cost after the truck rental and fuel for long distance moves. You may need to hire local moving helpers on each end to load and unload your belongings off your rental truck. The average moving cost for 3 men is $90 per hour and most likely, you will have to pay extra for the travel time.

In the end, each person makes his own decision according to his needs and capabilities. But if cost is your main concern, we really recommend you choose a professional moving company, to which you pay a certain amount and takes care of everything for you.