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There are a variety of factors that contribute to the overall price tag of a move. The two biggest factors are the size of your home and the distance you are moving. For instance, according to Consumer Affairs, "The average cost for a local move under 100 miles is $80–$100 per hour for two movers. While a long-distance move is significantly more expensive. On average, it costs $2,000–$5,000 per move for more than 100 miles." Consequently, an estimate for an across-town move for a 2-bedroom home or apartment ranges from $400-$700, whereas moving that same household to another state could be well over $1,000 and up, depending on the miles moved. Here are a few links to helpful calculators and guides that can give you some insight into the expense for your particular moving needs:moving.com moving cost calculator homefair.com moving cost calculator move.org moving costs
Going the cheap route when it comes to a moving company can end up costing you big in the end. Also, beware of overpriced movers or companies who have hidden fees that can bust your budget. Do your research and get all the information on potential movers upfront. Make sure that estimates are done after a walk-through of your home for accuracy. Thoroughly review quote details for things like hourly or overtime rates, materials and manpower included, deposits required (be wary of deposits over 20%), extra fees for heavy or large items or fees for stairs, etc. It is also important to make certain the company you choose is properly licensed and insured, and that it has a solid reputation. Be sure to read online reviews and BBB profiles carefully, and request references. Finally, before you sign a contract with any mover, double-check that the terms are fully transparent, and an inventory list is included that itemizes your belongings.
Whether you're buying or renting, there are numerous costs associated with moving that you shouldn't forget. Here are a few worth noting: