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How Much Does it Cost to Move a Four (4) Bedroom House?

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Moving a four-bedroom house can be quite a task. A house of considerable size will have a great deal of furniture, appliances, and boxes to move. It may become costly to hire professional movers, but very time-consuming to attempt to tackle the move yourself. Since the main concerns for most people relocating are the expenses associated with moving, you may be wondering just how much moving a large four-bedroom home is going to cost you. This guide will give you a bit of information about how you will be charged for several kinds of moves, and provide you with some ballpark figures to get you started.

If You Do It Yourself

A DIY move is better suited for smaller ventures, like apartment moves or small homes. Moving the contents of a four-bedroom house, especially long-distance, can be challenging. However, if you are on a tight budget and are considering a self-conducted move, here are some of the expenses you can expect:

Truck rental. Unless you have free access to a large truck or van, you will have to rent a U-Haul or another moving truck. The price will depend on the size trailer you need, but a 24' U-Haul (suggested for a four-bedroom house move) will cost a flat fee of $39.95 for the day plus $0.99 for every mile traveled. While it entails much more work to load the entire truck, drive it to your new location, and unload everything, it is certainly more economical than hiring movers. Even a cross-country move will only cost you around $3,000 which is about $10,000 less than the going rate for moving companies handling a move that size. Additionally, you may also be required to purchase fuel, as some rental companies ask you to return the truck with a half tank of gas.

Packing supplies. Packing supplies can get expensive. Costs for four-bedroom packing kits range from $200 to over $300 on moving supply websites depending on your needs. These often include only boxes, tape and packing paper--bubble wrap, furniture pads, etc. will cost extra. You can save money on moving boxes by stopping in your local grocery or liquor store and asking if there are boxes they are throwing away. You can also use old towels or quilts in place of furniture pads or moving blankets.

If You Hire a Moving Company

While it is certainly a money-saver on large moves, it is likely that you don't have the time, the patience or the muscle to pull off a move yourself. In this case, you might be considering hiring professional movers. The exact amount you'll pay will vary depending on the distance of your move, the special services you require, and the company you choose. While you should always get an in-home estimate from any company you are considering for hire, the following will give you an idea of what to expect for your four-bedroom move.
  • If your move is local. Moves less than 100 miles are considered local moves. Local movers typically charge by the hour, with an average rate of about $100 per hour for two movers and a truck. However, a four bedroom house will likely require three to four movers, which could increase your hourly rate to around $150 to $170 an hour. A four-bedroom house move usually takes between 8-12 hours, putting your move at about $1,200 to $1,800 for labor alone. You may also be charged extra fees for special services and supplies. Some examples include:

    1. Moving items up and down stairs--your four-bedroom home is likely several stories. If you have items in your attic or basement you will need moved, be sure to let the movers know when they are giving you the estimate to avoid having extra charges tacked on later.

    2. Long carries--any significant distance your movers will have to carry your belongings can result in a long carry. If your home has a great deal of property, and your entrance is a long walk from the street/driveway, you may receive this charge.

    3. Disconnecting or reconnecting appliances--if you require assistance hooking up or disconnecting your appliances, or assembling or disassembling furniture, you will be charged extra.

    4. Shuttle service--if there is a weight limit on your street or if there is a lack of parking in close proximity to your home, you will be charged for your goods to be transferred to a smaller shuttle truck.

    5. Moving specialty items such as a piano

    6. Storage--a four-bedroom house can certainly acquire a lot of stuff. You may opt to put some of it into storage, especially if you are moving to a smaller home. Moving companies often off storage services, or you can rent a unit from a separate company.

    7. Packing services--a big house requires a lot of packing! If you are too busy to find the time, you can pay the movers to pack your things. This usually comes at an additional hourly charge plus the cost of materials.

    8. Packing supplies--unless you purchase your own supplies, the movers may charge you for boxes, tape or furniture pads.

    Ask your movers detailed questions when they are giving you the on-site estimate so you know what services you need and how much they will cost. Prices will differ depending on how many stairs are in your home, the availability of proximate parking, and your packing needs. Make sure you divulge all pertinent information about your current home and your new home when getting an estimate for a more accurate quote.

  • If your move is long-distance. Long-distance moves refer to any move greater than 100 miles. The costs for a long-distance move is calculated based on the weight of your goods, the distance the movers will be traveling, plus the cost of extra services and additional insurance if you desire. While prices will vary from one moving company to the next, the following table will help give you an idea of a standard range:
Four bedroom house (weight about 15,000 lb) 100 miles 500 miles 1,000 miles 3,000 miles
Standard cost $3,300 $4,700 $6,500 $13,700
With packing services $4,200 $5,600 $7,500 $14,700
With mover's insurance $4,400 $5,800 $7,700 $14,900
With insurance and packing services $5,300 $6,800 $8,600 $15,800

These amounts are simply estimates, and the actual cost will differ. Your home's weight may exceed or be less than 15,000 lb depending on how much furniture and other possessions you have. You may also need extra services that are not included in these numbers, as mentioned previously. Acquiring several on-site estimates from long-distance movers and remembering to ask detailed questions about extra charges will provide you with a more accurate price for your move.

You Pack, We Drive

If you cannot decide if your time and convenience is more important than your budget, you may choose to hire a "You Pack, We Drive" moving service. This will decrease your moving costs, and take some of the workload off of your shoulders. A trailer will be delivered to your home, and you can pack up your belongings on your own time. Then the movers will pick up the unit and deliver it to your new location. You will still have to do all of the tedious packing and heavy loading yourself, but you can rely on someone else to drive the cumbersome moving truck. Additionally, if you don't have to drive the moving truck, you can drive your own car to your new home, which will save you money on auto transport Without the cost of labor, your expenses will be considerably lower, as you can tell by comparing the numbers to those in the previous table for full-service moving.

Below are some standard quotes from the company U-Pack:

Four-bedroom home (15,000 lb) 500 miles 1,000 miles 3,000 miles
Transportation only $2,700 $4,100 $7,000
Unloading services $3,100 $4,400 $7,400
Monthly storage $3,100 $4,500 $7,400
Unloading and Storage $3,500 $4,800 $7,800

Many of these services specialize in long distance moves. If you are looking for a "You Pack, We Drive" option for a local move, PODs are portable storage units that you pack and load yourself. They do not provide online quotes on their website, but you can quickly fill out their form to have a representative contact you with a quote.

Storage

When moving a larger house, you may need to keep some of your belongings in storage temporarily. If you are using a moving company, they often offer storage services, or you could rent a unit from another company. Storage units come in standard, or climate-controlled. If you are storing any items sensitive to extreme temperatures, such as clothing, fur, or electronics, you may want to go with the climate-controlled unit. Prices will vary depending on the facility you use, but the following chart will give you an idea of prices for both standard and climate-controlled units, in three different sizes associated with four-bedroom homes. The amount of goods you have to store will influence the size you need. You can speak with a representative a form any company you are considering to get a better idea of which size will suit the volume of your possessions.

Size Standard Unit Climate-controlled
10x20 $95 to $150 $120 to $180
10x25 $100 to $165 $200 to $275
10x30 $120 to $195 $285 to $350

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