Relocating? Do These 4 Things Before Making a Move

Are you planning to move? If you are planning to move, you have many things to consider, whether you are moving across town or across the country.

With fuel costs up dramatically over the past year, the costs can be sharply higher than expected in 2021. According to, the average cost of a local move is $1,250.

The average cost of a long-distance move is $4,890 (a distance of 1,000 miles).

These estimates are based on a 2- to 3- bedroom home of approximately 7,500 pounds.

Generally, hiring professional movers is very expensive. However, if you are moving for work and the company is willing to cover the relocation costs, it might be worth considering. It may also be less stressful than doing it yourself.

If you do it yourself, you will need boxes and moving supplies, will need to rent a moving truck, and you will have to pay for gas and mileage.

Compare the costs of hiring movers with the costs of renting a truck, shipping your items, or enlisting friends’ help.

Plus, if it is a long-distance trip, add in the costs of lodging, food, gas, tolls, etc. One way to save is to prepackage up your belongings so that the movers are just transporters of your items.

Pre-clean for easy moving

First, get rid of your excess stuff. Getting rid of unnecessary household items is the simplest way to save money on your move.

Start the pre-move cleaning process by going through your closet. Next, come up with a room-by-room decluttering plan. Donate old furniture, clothes, and electronics.

Find free moving boxes and supplies

One way to reduce moving costs is to find free moving boxes and supplies at local liquor stores, large chain stores, groceries, recycling drop-off points, office buildings, and schools.

If you want to buy boxes for less, look on Craigslist and Facebook which have recently moved into your area and are selling their boxes to recoup costs.

In most cases, these boxes are in good condition and can be reused many times.

Consider a portable moving container

Another good alternative to hiring full-service movers is renting a portable moving container.

The cost of renting a moving container depends on the length of time needed and the container’s size. The only thing you have to do with a container is load it up, and the company will take care of the rest.

Going pro? Get three quotes

Before deciding on a moving company, shop around for the lowest price. I recommend getting quotes from at least three companies.

The mover should conduct an in-person inspection or a video survey of your belongings before giving you an estimate. Be cautious when obtaining quotes from the internet.

For an accurate estimate, inform the mover about any specialty items that require extra care. Hire a reputable and reliable mover, one you’ve seen frequently on the highway or heard about from family or friends.