What is the Average Cost of a Move?

What is the Average Cost of a Move

It’s almost impossible to come up with an average cost of a move.  There are so many variables which I will outline below.  However, for the point of conversation – an average local move cost from trustworthy, licensed movers is approximately $1085.  The average long distance moving cost is approximately $4800.  What do these totals actually mean to the average consumer?  I will discuss below:

Average Cost of a Move
Average Cost of a Move

 

Average Cost of a Local Move

The average cost of a local move will depend on a few key factors ( and a few minor ones):

  1.  Size of residence – This one is pretty obvious.  The average local moving cost takes into account all size  homes/townhouses/condos/apartments.
  2. How far you are moving – All moving companies will charge to drive from the old residence to the new one.  An in-state move will be charged at an hourly rate.
  3. How packed you are – If your residence is heavily furnished, you will have more boxes and hence, more items and it takes longer to load/unload.  If your movers are packing for you this will increase your average moving cost.  For the purposes of the average local moving rate of $1085 – we only included moves that did not require more than one hour of packing.  If your movers are packing for you the average packing charge for a move is $655.
  4. Quality of movers – This average total was taken from Monster Movers which is a high quality mover.
  5. Additional Items – There are many additional smaller factors that effect the average local moving costs.  They are: stairs, long haul, overall layout of  your residence.
    1. Stairs/Elevator – If your residence is up/down stairs or an elevator the average moving fee will increase.
    2. Long Haul – Some condos and apartments have long hallways as well some homes have a longer trip to get from residence to the truck.
    3. Overall Layout – If your residence is in an older home that has smaller doorways and tighter spaces to move in/out, expect your move fee to increase.

 

Average Cost of Long Distance Move

The average cost of a long distance move is much more complicated mostly because of the distances traveled.  Here are a few of the considerations included in the cost of an average long distance move.

  1. Rate Per Pound – This is probably the most important factor when considering the average cost of a long distance move.  This is essentially the rate per pound that you are paying for your items to be shipped.  This rate changes depending on it’s own set of details:
    1. Destination City
    2. Origin City
    3. Distance Between the Destination and Origin
    4. Demand – The demand for shipments going from Boston to DC is going to be higher than Boston to Norther Maine.  Therefore, the average long distance moving rates will be more going from Boston to Maine.
  2. Price of Fuel – Many long distance movers add a fuel surcharge onto their long distance moving costs.  As the fuel fee decreases, the fuel surcharge should decrease.  Some movers incorporate the fuel surcharge into their rate per pound ( recommended).
  3. Guaranteed Dates – If a guaranteed pick up date and/or delivery date is required, the average cost of a long distance move will change drastically.

Overall, the average cost of moving services depend  on many different factors.

5 Steps to Completing a Successful Long Distance Commercial Move

5 Steps to Completing a Successful Long Distance Commercial Move


A long distance commercial move, whether a large office, an industrial warehouse, or a retail space can be a daunting task.  It is imperative to plan a long distance commercial move as efficiently as possible – or it could mean lost revenue for you as the process extends.  If you happen to be the person in charge of your office relocation – this is for you.

STEP 1: Writing the Plan

Your office plan should include a number of different factors.  Even if you work for a small company – this part of your commercial move is crucial to the orderliness of your move.  Your plan should include a list of employees – and what department they are in.  Each employee office should have an inventory of what furniture/electronics/etc is located in each office.  I highly suggest getting a blueprint of the new office to determine where each employee will be.  Usually, when performing a long distance office or commercial move, we usually only move a portion of the office – for example one department moves.  A complete inventory of what is going and staying is crucial to the success of a long distance commercial move.

STEP 2: Hiring a Long Distance Commercial Mover

There are a lot of moving companies that offer commercial moving services.  However, few are actually trained office movers.  Monster Movers is a long distance commercial mover that incorporates office and commercial education into the initial training that our movers receive before going on any job.  Monster Movers is a trusted commercial mover that is trusted by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and everyone in between.  Long distance commercial moves are extremely time sensitive – you need to hire a commercial mover that guarantees delivery dates.

commercial movers
Long Distance Commercial Movers

 

STEP 3: Coordinate and Evaluate

About 2 months before your long distance commercial movers arrive, you should give each employee a small folder that includes:

  1. Orientation Sheet – this will let the office staff know where they are going and where their new office will be
  2. Commercial Relocation Stickers – these stickers should already have the floor/office number that the employee will be occupying
  3. Box Location – I suggest giving employees the boxes at a short meeting or you can let the staff know where to get them
  4. Important Dates

You should also coordinated any computer installation companies, elevator usage, phone services, and utilities services.  Your long distance movers should be notified of elevator days/times in the new location.  Long distance commercial moving is extremely time-sensitive so your movers need this information well in advance.

STEP 4: Make Special Moving Arrangements

With most office moves, there are some pieces of furniture that won’t be going and new furniture that will.  You can call a removal company ( or your commercial mover may be able to do this) to pick up old office furniture for donation.  Contact your office movers and make them aware of any special moving arrangements or last minute moving services.

STEP 5: Label

I have attended some office relocations where the labeling of furnishings, cartons, boxes has been inconsistent and leads to hours of “who’s mousepad and pictures are these.”  Label everything – twice.  Label offices, make signs for your long distance commercial move and employees.

How To Save Time and Money on an Interstate Move

HOW TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY  ON AN INTERSTATE MOVE

Everyone likes to save money on moving – everybody.  Saving $20-$30 on a local in-state move is great but this how to guide could save you thousands on an interstate move – and hopefully many hours  as well. First off, this guide is for interstate ( or out-of-state) moves only.

Interstate Moving
Interstate Moving

Saving Money on Your Interstate Move

 

Saving Money on Packing for Your Interstate Move

  1. When you are moving state-to-state, your shipment is priced by the pound.  So, essentially you should find out how much “per pound” your shipment will cost.  Here are a few averages:

Movers Boston to FL or FL to MA $.75 per pound

Movers Boston to DC or DC to MA $.50 pp

Movers NYC to CA or CA to NYC $1.30 pp

Movers CT to FL or FL to CT $.70pp

Movers MA to TX or TX to MA $1.10pp

Now Having a slight idea of how interstate movers charge – you can go through all of your stuff and determine if  it’s worth keeping.  For example, if you have a statue that is 100 lbs it will cost about $100 to move from MA to IL.  Is the statue worth it?

2. Unless your interstate move is last minute, you should have a yard sale or donate everything you are not taking.  Use Craigslist for furniture.  Unless you have actual junk, there is no need to pay for a removal company to pick up your furniture, etc.  Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity will do this for free in most areas.  If you do have trash while moving, I suggest picking up a trash bag at Home Depot – they are like mini dumpsters that you can keep at your house until you call to get it picked up.

3.  If you don’t want to pack everything on your own, I will have to suggest hiring movers to pack ONLY the breakables.  Hiring an interstate mover that will pack by hour+materials is highly suggested over one that pays per box.  It will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Saving Money on Interstate Movers

When most people are starting their interstate moving company search – they likely go online and start filling out quote forms.  Most quote forms will be sent to as many as 10 moving companies who will compete for your move.  You will be inundated with hundreds of calls, emails, etc from movers offering prices.  I suggest staying away from these sites as the movers involved are not the best choice for saving time and money.  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. You need to find out what your shipment will weigh.  Here is a moving calculator that will do that for you.  It is really important to be as detailed as possible when you are filling this out to get an accurate weight
  2. Next, you will need to compare moving services.  If you want to save money in hotels, extra fees, damage etc on your move, you need to find a private moving company that will guarantee delivery and pick-up dates – also one that provides flat rates.
  3. Make sure your interstate movers offer full replacement coverage.
  4.  Your interstate movers should definitely give you a delivery day – staying in a hotel while you wait for your movers is likely to drive you crazy and can rack up your bills during your interstate move.

 

Saving Time On Your Interstate Move

  1.  Having a guide to help you compare movers is a great way to save time.  This list has a few quick but important questions for you to ask to swiftly eliminate poor interstate movers.
  2. Having movers pack your breakables will save a lot of time.  It usually takes a crew of 2 less than 2 hours to pack a large kitchen.
  3. Finding efficient movers that can have your shipment at its destination in a timely manner is key.  Nobody wants to be living out of a hotel ( or worse a family’s house) while waiting for furniture to arrive.
  4. Check your interstate moving company reviews!  If there are reviews of people having to wait for their shipment – it’s not a good hire.
  5. Label boxes.  The last thing you want to do when you arrive in your new state is search through boxes to find something you need.
  6. Make a necessity bin – TP, towels, paper towels, cleaning supplies, blanket, etc. so you can access these items immediately upon your move in.