It can be a hassle to move, for many reasons. They say that moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, next to getting married or getting divorced. Similar to other huge events in one’s life, there are many components to a move that can be challenging for individuals and families, especially when it comes to moving cost.
Moving expenses can range significantly, depending on how you handle the planning leading up to the big day. There are many factors to consider that can dramatically impact the cost of moving, so it’s important to do a little homework and planning before the main event. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can estimate moving expenses, and what you can do to lower the cost of moving, if possible.
What Contributes to the Cost of a Move?
If you have a good idea of what contributes to the cost of a move, then you’ll be better prepared to reduce the costs associated. While this list is not exhaustive, and every moving scenario is different depending on the individual situation, these basic moving concepts can help you adjust your overall moving expenses:
Total Weight of Belongings
Many moving companies factor their moving costs based largely on the amount and/or weight of belongings they’ll be transporting. Under many circumstances, movers can make the haul in one trip; however, the following factors can also configure into the cost:
- Square-footage of your home
- Amount of larger, heavier items
- Special considerations for larger, unique items such as pianos
- Commute length to the new destination
Here’s what you can do to reduce the costs associated with the belongings you take with you:
- Pair down your belongings by having a garage sale
- Move smaller items yourself
- Consolidate items by using bedding and towels as packing materials
Timing of Your Move
Just like other businesses, moving companies have seasons of the year that are busier than others, and therefore are more expensive for consumers. Furthermore, they have specific days, times and months that are busier than others. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Weekends are more expensive
- Beginning and ends of months are more expensive
- Holiday seasons are more expensive
- Summers are more expensive
To reduce the costs associated with the timing of your move, it’s best to plan around the aforementioned times of the year, week, or month. You might also consider directly asking your moving company when the cheapest time is to move.
Packing materials can add up significantly, so it’s important to use what you already have to help keep your items organized, contained, and protected during the move. We mentioned before that packing items wrapped in your own blankets, sheets, and towels is a great way to consolidate items and lower the cost of materials.
If you will be transporting many valuable or expensive items, you might consider purchasing additional moving insurance for those specific items, such as family heirlooms or antique pieces. This can drive up your costs, so be prepared to plan for additional expenses if you can’t pair down such items or move them yourself safely.
As much as you plan ahead and prepare for a move, sometimes unexpected things can happen, such as getting a flat tire, something going wrong with the moving destination availability, etc. It’s best to set aside a small savings to plan for such events.
Other Ways to Estimate Moving Costs
Moving companies can generally provide accurate estimates to their clients before the moving date. These are a few ways to get more detailed estimates:
- Online Estimate Calculators – Simply plug in the prompted information and, voila!
- Research and Quotes – Have a prepared list of questions for various moving companies and compare pricing.
How We Can Make Your Move More Affordable
The moving experts here at Watford Moving & Storage have been in the moving business for over 2 decades. Residents of Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas continue to trust us with their most valuable possessions, and it’s our mission to uphold our promise to deliver consistent, reliable moving services to our community. To obtain an estimate of your moving costs, to get tips on low-cost moving, or to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact one of our professionals directly.