|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 YourselfA 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
If You Hire a Moving CompanyWhile 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Disconnecting or reconnecting appliances--if you require assistance hooking
up or disconnecting your appliances, or assembling or disassembling furniture,
you will be charged extra.
- 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.
- Moving specialty items such as a piano
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
|With packing services
|With mover's insurance
|With insurance and packing services
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
You Pack, We DriveIf 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)
|Unloading and Storage
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.
StorageWhen 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.
||$95 to $150
||$120 to $180|
||$100 to $165
||$200 to $275|
||$120 to $195
||$285 to $350|