Moving house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do.
And it doesn’t matter how often you move or whether you’re doing a DIY job or hiring out the work – moving is an expensive business.
If you want to determine what it will cost to relocate your belongings, three main factors affect cost: distance, timing, and weight.
Let’s take a closer look at these factors now.
Moving costs are likely to depend on the distance involved and the way you move.
If you get a bunch of friends together with their trucks, for example, the moving will be much cheaper than if you’re hiring a professional company to do it.
Start by working out how far your belongings have to travel.
The further away the new house is, the more it will cost to move.
It would be best if you counted not only the distance between your old house and the new one but also to any places where you plan to store some of your things before moving them on to their final destination.
The further away from home that you need storage space or a holding area, the more it will cost.
Moving Company and Storage Cost
It is also an important factor when considering moving costs. You can calculate moving company cost using a calculator and it mostly depends on the services you include, like storage, packing, etc. If you’re using a moving company, they may offer free or cheap storage so that you only have to pay for delivery once.
Don’t forget to add in any charges for transporting your pet if necessary; some companies will also move household pets like cats and dogs without charge.
If you’re looking to save on moving costs, it’s best if you start planning well ahead of the move.
This will give you time to shop around for moving companies and storage spaces or holding areas to get a better idea of what things are likely to cost.
It’ll also allow enough time for any necessary repairs (replace a broken leg on a table, for example) and to pack up your house properly.
Consider school opening and closing days, religious holidays, and the September–October period (due to the Autumn weather) when planning any move.
Moving during school term time or when other festivities are going on in your new area may mean that moving companies will charge you more for their services, as they won’t be fully booked up with work at those times of the year. As a result, it might be better to make your move at another time of year.
Generally, the summer months and Christmas are more expensive for moving house than the Spring or Autumn seasons.
But then again you should always shop around as some moving companies offer discounts at certain times of the year.
If you’re struggling for space in the new home, don’t forget that winter is always a good time to move.
Not only are there fewer people moving around during the colder months, but prices tend to be cheaper too.
Also, consider the time of day you’ll be moving.
If it’s rush hour or a Friday evening, for example, the moving company may charge more than they would on an average day – and you’ll have to pay up all the same regardless of the number of people helping out.
The weight of the goods you want to move will also have a big impact on the cost.
This is particularly true if you’re planning to hire a moving company, as they do charge by weight – so it can easily become more expensive for heavier items.
A good rule of thumb is that the more your things weigh, the higher the cost.
There are two ways to reduce the weight of your move: either by packing heavy things in boxes to make them lighter or by moving some items that don’t weigh much elsewhere before you go – a table, for example, is likely to be cheaper than a fridge or wardrobe.
If you’re thinking of storing any luggage during the move, think about whether it can fit into the new house and how long it will need to be stored; both points can affect storage costs too.