Even if you're planning to move your household just around the corner, you'll have to spend some money. Additionally, you'll likely lose some money and time as you pack up, transport, and unpack your possessions however humble they may be. Generally, the more belongings you bring and the farther they're going, the higher the costs.
Even if your new or current employer is picking up the expensive moving bill, you may need to pay additional costs associated with the lost time, temporary housing, cleaning fees, maybe lodging and some food. And even if your generous boss pays these expenses, too, you still will have to buy your own depressants!
So, how much stuff you are moving? That is the first and the most crucial question. These could be personal belongings from a small 10-by-10 apartment or expensive things from a 50-bedroom mansion. But mostly, it is something in between.
The most effective way to calculate how much you are moving is to take a detailed inventory of what you will bring. Most moving company agents can do the inventory task for you. But, you can always do it yourself. As a matter of fact, it's a great idea to do your own inventory task before you tell your moving agent to do one. After this task is completed, you can then choose what you will bring and what you won't. With a proper inventorying, you can figure what will fit perfectly into your new house and what need be put in storage, donated, or thrown out.
Use the following rules of thumb to easily know how much you are moving:
Small boxes are approximately 3 cubic feet in size.
Large boxes are approximately 6 cubic feet in size.
Large appliances and beds are approximately 30 to 40 cubic feet in size.
Buffets and couches are approximately 30 cubic feet in size.
Medium appliances and recliners (dryer, washer) are approximately 20 cubic feet in size.
Chests, TVs, and tables are approximately 10 cubic feet in size.
Five-foot-wide closets will take approximately 30 to 35 cubic feet of space.
Generally, most households are simple to estimate. For example, a regular two-bedroom apartment will take up approximately 800 cubic feet when packed. Even so, many folks have also piled up hobby items, special knickknacks, collections, and business equipment or home computers that also have to be moved. Those items may need special handling or packing.
Certainly, another significant part of calculating moving costs is distance. A quick move to the same neighborhood probably will not entail mileage costs, yet it probably will still need a big truck. Whether you rent a truck, pay for a moving van, or simply buy a few gallons of gas for your own SUV, distance is important.
Estimating cross-town miles is simple. But, do you know how far it is from Reedsport, Oregon to Santa Fe, New Mexico? Your moving company will calculate transportation costs from a table of fees that shows the mileage between two places and the transportation cost per mile. The transportation charge may be something around $2 per mile per 1,000 pounds. It means, getting accurate mileage estimation is important.
A transportation charge will be determined by estimated mileage and also the time needed to get there, unpack, and return the truck somewhere. Once again, accurate mileage estimation is important. Large road atlases usually include mileage as well as estimated time between places. If you estimate average road velocity of 45 miles per hour, you can allow yourself for a few stops every couple hours. A day's driving needs to be limited to 450 miles in a rental truck or 550 in a car.
Mileage is not the only important consideration, but the destination is also important. Generally, a 900-mile household move to North Carolina can be more expensive than an 1100-mile move to North Dakota. Why? Because about most of the North Dakota household moves are out of the state while most of the North Carolina house moves are into the state. It means the rental truck or moving van in North Carolina need to travel a bit further for another moving job. And just guess who has to pay for the deadheading? Yeah, you! That's the reason why rental truck firms and moving companies offer a discount or charge a premium for moves between certain locations.
So, how can you tell if you are in a lopsided state? You can ask a moving truck rental firm or moving agent. They have the up-to-date facts and figures about what a move may cost you.