|The task of moving raises many concerns, particularly cost. The amount you will pay to move a three-bedroom home will depend on the method you choose for your move and your specific needs. Overall, your move price will be determined by the volume of your goods, the distance you are moving, and the extent of professional services you require. This guide will provide you with some information on the costs associated with moving a three-bedroom home, from DIY to full-service moving options.
If you do it yourself
The cheapest way to move is usually to handle the process on your own. However, a three-bedroom home will likely have a significant amount of furniture, appliances, and boxes to load and transport. If you are considering a DIY move for a three-bedroom house, you should at least enlist the aid of several friends to pack and load your truck.
The following are some expenses you will incur on a self-conducted move:
If you need bubble wrap, furniture pads, and dollies for your appliances, it will cost even more. You can save money on moving boxes by stopping in your local grocery or liquor store and asking for boxes they are throwing away. You may also use old towels or quilts to protect your furniture in place of furniture pads or moving blankets.
- Truck rental. Unless you or generous friend own a truck you can use to transport your belongings to their new destination, you will have to rent a U-Haul or other moving truck. Prices vary depending on the size of trailer you will need and the distance you will be traveling. A 20' U-Haul (suggested for a three-bedroom house move) will cost a flat fee of $39.95 for the day plus $0.99 for every mile traveled. 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. You probably never realized cardboard could cost so much. Packing supplies, especially for an entire home, can become very expensive. Costs for three-bedroom packing bundles can go for over $300 on moving supply websites, and that often includes just boxes, tape and packing paper.
If you hire a moving company
The contents of a three-bedroom house will take a significant amount of time to pack up and transport. Unless you are unemployed or able to take a considerable amount of time off work, you may find it difficult to accomplish the task by yourself. While it will likely cost you more money than a DIY move, hiring professional movers will make the relocation process much less stressful.
Of course, with convenience comes increased costs. The price you will pay for movers depends on the distance you're moving, the volume of your belongings, and the special services you require (such as packing, unpacking, insurance, etc). 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.
Local moves. Any move less than 100 miles is considered a local move. Local movers charge by the hour, with an average rate of about $100 per hour for two movers and a truck. Depending on the amount of goods you need moved, you may need three to four movers, which will increase your hourly rate to about $150 to $170 an hour. Your cost will vary depending on the distance of your move, but a three-bedroom house move usually takes between six to eight hours, putting your move at about $900 to $1300 for labor alone. You may also be charged extra fees for special services and supplies. Some examples include:
- Moving items up and down stairs--make sure you inform movers when they come to give you an in-home estimate off all the stairs in your current and new home, including attic and basement stairs.
- Long carries--if you have a lot of property or excessive distance from the street/driveway to your entrance, you may incur extra charges.
- Disconnecting or reconnecting appliances--you can pay movers to connect or disconnect your appliances, assemble or disassemble your furniture, etc.
- Shuttle service--when goods need to be transferred to a smaller truck because the larger truck cannot fit down your street or park near your home, you will be charged extra.
- Moving specialty items such as a piano--make sure you tell your movers about any specialty item you will need moved in advance.
- Packing services--you can pay the movers to pack your things if you are particularly short on time. (usually 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.
Be sure to ask your movers detailed questions when they are giving you the on-site estimate to be aware of what services you may need and what the extra charges will be for them. Prices may be different depending 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.
- Long-distance moves. Long-distance moves refer to any move over 100 miles. Costs are calculated based on the weight of your goods, the distance the movers will be traveling, plus the cost of extra services and additional insurance on your goods. While prices will vary from one moving company to the next, the following table will help give you an idea of a standard range:
|Three bedroom house (weight about 10,000 lb)
|With packing services
|With mover's insurance
|With insurance and packing services
Keep in mind these amounts are only estimates, and the actual cost will differ. Your home's weight may exceed or be less than 10,000 lb depending on how much furniture and other possessions you have. You may also need extra services that are not included in these numbers. Acquiring several on-site estimates from long-distance movers will provide you with a more accurate price for your move.
You pack, we drive
One way to save money when moving is to hire a "You Pack, We Drive" moving service. 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. Without the cost of labor, your expenses will be lower, and you won't have to worry about the task of driving a 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. Gas costs are also included in the rates. Below are some standard quotes from the company U-Pack:
|Three-bedroom home (10,000 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.
Another moving method to lower costs is to rent your own vehicle and pay only for labor to assist you with loading, unloading and perhaps packing. This is less common than other options, but can be an appealing alternative if you are looking to cut costs by desire the aid of professional packers and/or loaders. You can also hire moving labor if you have purchased a portable temporary storage unit and would like someone to load it for you.
Costs for these services vary, but will typically save you one to several hundred dollars compared to movers that both load and transport your belongings.
Things to consider
- What are you needs? Is time scarce for you? Do you have a significant amount of heavy furniture and appliances ? Are you physically unable to move heavy items? These are reasons to consider hiring full-service movers.
- What is your budget? However, your available expenses are also important to consider. Regardless of your needs, you will need to know that your budget can support them. Consider what you can afford and weigh it against the moving services you feel you require.
- Do you need insurance? Movers typically only offer very limited coverage on lost or damaged guides--60 cents per pound per article. This is known as Released Value Protection. You can either pay extra for Full value protection or purchase additional coverage from a third-party carrier. You may want to consider purchasing extra insurance, especially if you have some valuable belongings (though items of extreme valuables like family heirlooms and fine jewelry should be transported in your own car if possible).
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