Estimating your moving costs while planning a household move can help you prepare financially. The first step in planning your local or long-distance moving costs is to choose if you are going to use a professional moving company or if you are going to move yourself. Moving with a professional moving company may (but not always!) cost more than a DIY move, but the trade-off is in the services a professional moving company offers that go above and beyond simply renting a moving truck.
What is the average cost for moving?
The American Moving and Storage Association lists the average cost of a local household move to be $2,300, and the average cost of a long-distance move to be $4,300. These amounts are based on 7,400 pounds as an average moving weight.
When deciding between hiring a professional moving company or moving your belongings yourself, consider the following questions: Do you have the time to pack all of your belongings? Do you know how to pack your fragile items? Do you know what size moving truck or how many moving containers you will need? Are you able to lift boxes and load the truck by yourself? If you find your time valuable or the thought of a self-move is too stressful, then paying the price of hiring professional movers is the best direction to go for your move.
Hiring a professional interstate mover for a long-distance move?
The price of a state-to-state (long-distance) move is dependent on several factors including:
- distance between origin and destination
- weight (or volume) of your belongings
- move-out and move-in dates (weekends, peak season, etc.)
- additional services (e.g., packing and unpacking)
A full-service moving company will assist you with the entire moving experience, from start to finish. Professional moving companies offer services beyond loading and unloading the truck, and although it’s a costlier option, the amount of time, effort, and stress you save is worth the expense.
Collecting Estimates for An Upcoming Move?
While collecting estimates from professional movers for your upcoming move, take note of what is included with the price you receive. For example, an interstate move with Mayflower includes:
- Coordination of entire move process by a personal Move Coordinator
- Loading, transport and unloading of your belongings
- Placing furniture where you want (standard placement)
- Disassembly and reassembly of standard beds
- Moving appliances (disconnecting/connecting is not included)
- Full-value protection
Terms and limits apply to services. Please refer to the Mayflower tariff for complete rules and information.
Our full-service options allow you to bundle additional services you need for your long-distance move. All full-service moves can be upgraded with the following add-ons:
Once you have an idea of what you would like included in your professional move, be sure to get a quote for the costs involved. As America’s most trusted moving company, Mayflower provides you with a personalized moving quote.
The Mayflower Moving Quote Process
Getting a moving quote from Mayflower is easy! By answering a few simple questions regarding your move and getting a virtual or in-home assessment of your household items, we can provide you with an estimate of costs related to your upcoming move. It’s that simple.