Are you moving out for the first time? You’re going to need to save up a lot of money before you start looking for houses. Find out how much it will cost you.
Moving out for the first time is full of surprises. Nothing beats the anticipation of sleeping in a new home and exploring a new neighborhood (sometimes even a new state, too). But some surprises are not so fun, such as moving costs.
The cost of moving varies widely depending on where and when you plan on moving. The process is understandably overwhelming for first-time movers. In this guide, we’ll go over the typical costs of a first-time move, as well as some helpful moving tips that will help your move go smoothly.
How Much Does Moving Out for the First Time Cost?
So, how much does moving cost? It depends.
The average local move costs around $1,250, while the average long-distance move costs around $4,890.
The bulk of your costs will be from professional movers, especially for cross-country moves. If you can move and load your furniture without movers, the cost of your move is significantly less.
The rest of your moving expenses depend on several other factors, like how far your new home is and how much stuff you want to move. More items require more boxes, effort, and time.
Add-on services also drive up the cost of moving. You may decide to hire a packing service to help you pack up all of your belongings or a storage service to help you store your belongings before it’s loaded onto a moving truck. Both of these options are fantastic time-savers, but the cost may outweigh the benefits.
When you start planning your first move, take some time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of cost-inflating moving expenses.
Tips for People Moving Out for the First Time
Whether you live in a studio apartment or a 5-bedroom home, moving requires thorough planning. These tips will help you ease into the moving process without too much stress.
As we mentioned earlier, professional movers make up a big chunk of moving costs. Despite the cost, getting movers is worth your time and money. When you hire a moving service, you don’t have to worry about moving and loading heavy boxes and furniture.
The movers handle that for you. Plus, some moving companies offer packing and taping services. If you can afford professional movers, it will make your move much more manageable.
Make a Donation Pile
The more items you have, the more expensive your move will be. Moving is an ideal time to reflect on the number of things you own and whether you want certain items to follow you to your new home.
While packing, set aside anything you plan on donating. Donating some of your items will not only decrease the price of your move, but it will allow someone else to make use of an item you no longer need.
Choose a Mid-Month Moving Date
Most people tend to move out of their homes towards the end of the month on the weekend. Moving in the middle of the month and week will be less expensive, as there’s less demand. If possible, try moving during the winter. Winter moving is less common and less expensive.
Moving On Out
Despite the plain and hidden costs, moving out for the first time is fun! The excitement of living in a new area often outweighs the hardships involved with a typical move. Cost-awareness will lead to a happier move for everyone.
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