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Cost of Movers

Whether you're moving across the street or across the country, there is always a long list of things that must be done for a successful move. Hiring professional movers can relieve the pressure of packing, lifting, loading, hauling and unloading all of your possessions. Before hiring a mover to get your belongings from the old place to the new home where you need them, you'll want to know how much it costs and what other factors to take into consideration.

National Hire a Moving Service Costs

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National Hire a Moving Service Costs
Average reported cost $645
Number of Cost Profiles 2939 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $1,500
Most homeowners spent between: $458 to $728

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Average Cost of Movers

The average cost to hire movers is $610. Most people pay between $510 and $710 to hire a moving service. Some movers charge a flat fee, and others charge by weight. Moving services may offer à la carte pricing, while other companies offer inclusive moving packages that include services like packing and loading as well as the transportation of boxes.

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Moving Service

Some moving companies will require you to purchase moving supplies from them. This makes for easier packing and stacking of boxes due to consistency in size and quality. If you're in need of specialty moving supplies, such as wardrobe and china boxes, this will add to the cost of your move. People without a lot of time on their hands may consider having movers pack their belongings. Some companies may require this in order to guarantee that items will not get broken during the move.

You may be able to purchase additional insurance against loss, breakage, other damage or theft of your belongings for an additional fee from the moving company. Be aware that some companies may be unwilling or unable to move certain items, such as liquids, flammable items or hazardous items such as oxygen tanks. In order to transport such types of goods, you will have to make alternative arrangements or do it yourself in your own vehicle.

If You're Considering a DIY Move

If you're thinking of a DIY move, you'll still need to pay for moving supplies, a rental truck and equipment such as furniture blankets and dollies. You may also need to pay for insurance against damage or theft of the moving truck.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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