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Moving can be a hassle. Just because you closed on both your old and new homes does not necessarily mean that the stress is over. You still need to pack your belongings in an orderly fashion, load them up and, oh, yeah, figure out how you are getting them to you new home. Need I continue?

If you are planning on moving to a new state, the level of stress you are experiencing is normal; there is a major difference between moving a few blocks and a few states away. This in turn, puts more pressure on you having to consider and budget for the estimated rates of long distance moving companies, which can add up quickly. Being able to approximate these expenses will help you to budget and plan for your long distance moving costs. This is even more important when calculating an expensive cross-country move.

Moving & The Numbers

How much does it cost to move state to state?

The average move for an intrastate move is estimated to be around $1,170 while the average nationwide moving price is about $5,630. You already spent a good chunk of money on a down payment for your new home, so planning for your move as well as planning out ways to save money are keys to a successful, stress-free move. When the prices of making such a move add up as quickly as they do, it is important to understand ways to reduce these costs.

Average Intrastate Move Cost (within the same state): $1,170

Average Interstate Move Cost (from one state to another): $5,630


“Unpacking” The Cost – Why It All Adds Up

Moving expenses add up quickly. And these costs are not necessarily the costs you have previously thought of. How many bedrooms are in your home? Three? Four? The number of bedrooms, as well as children, affects the number of boxes you will be bringing with you.

Though you may have thought of that already, have you thought about how your lifestyle affects your moving costs? The more minimalist you and your family are, the easier it will be to back all of your belongings into fewer boxes. Most people are modest; they bring mostly what they need but still pack some unnecessary items. If you are a packrat, however, expect those boxes to pile high and your moving cost to move in the same direction.

The Costs Of Packing Up The House

If you are not planning on having professionals help you move, have you evaluated your packing style? Again, your packing style will affect the number of boxes you carry on your trip. Professional packers – or professional-like packers – will bring you the least number of boxes, saving you money, too. The average packer leaves extra room in the box, leaving room for what is in the box to potentially move around. Extra room calls for extra boxes, not to mention the packing paper or bubble wrap you will stuff in the boxes to avoid any damage. If you have never made a move where you had to pack everything up, you will be spending the most extra money.

Of course, what would life be without the unexpected? Say you compared a price or two and quickly decided that you and your family would rent a trailer and move yourselves. Most rental companies charge per mile as well as per hour or day (depending on the company.) Something may delay you and your family from getting to your new home in time, such as highway traffic, an accident or simply being tired and stopping for a rest. You may have unexpected troubles closing on your new home and be forced to put a majority of your belongings into storage. Though you may not be adding mileage to your bill, you are still adding time and, thus, adding to your bill.

Ways To Save On The Big Move

Though some of this may seem scary, there are many ways to save money on your big move. For instance, do not pay for your moving boxes! Though it sounds strange, it is beneficial. A large portion of the money you spend on moving is purchasing boxes from Home Depot or from the moving company to pack your belongings. Try taking boxes home from work; most companies get daily or weekly packages delivered, so why not take the boxes home? Your boss is most likely going to throw them away or recycle them, so why not recycle them yourself?

If you do not want to ask at work, try posting a Facebook status or asking a friend; you would be amazed at how many people purchase boxes for their move and then keep the boxes once they are unpacked simply because they do not want to throw away all the money they used on the boxes! People are good-hearted; they would rather give you the boxes for free (or at least a fraction of the price they paid) rather than simply throw them away. If you do not mind cruising around town, try local liquor stores or corporate stores/buildings such as TJ Maxx, Macy’s and movie theaters. Large companies have no need for the boxes from their bi-weekly shipments, so the day before garbage pick-up the back of the building is crawling with boxes.

Scheduling Utilities For Additional Savings

There are numerous smaller – yet still useful – tips you should consider before moving, such as planning your move around your utility shutdown dates. Save money by not paying for an extra month of cable or electricity. If you are on different billing cycles, eliminate some of your bills the month prior to your move and plan around an essential utility, such as electricity. You can live without cable and Wi-Fi for a week. Doing this will save you a nice pocketful of cash. Also, ditch or donate some of your old stuff. Bringing old clothes to stores that give you cash can rack you up some spare change before the move. Whatever they do not take, donate to a local shelter or second-hand store.

Compare Multiple Movers Before Hiring

A final way to save money on your move is to compare prices from different professional movers. Though you may not want to hire professionals, they are professionals for a reason. They pack your boxes in a professional manner, simply meaning that the boxes are loaded to the fullest capacity and will not be damaged, thus equaling fewer boxes to move. Professional movers also tend to charge by the mileage rather than the time, so if anything were to delay you while on the road, it would not affect you as it would if you were to rent a trailer and move yourself.