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Moving can be an expensive proposition no matter how you decide to go about this process. Hiring a professional moving company or service is certainly the most convenient options, but it is also the most expensive. Ultimately, the amount of money you pay will be determined by the combination of tasks you do versus those you hire someone else to do. Here are some of the more typical moving costs to consider before deciding which approach is best for you.
The most fundamental concern in a move is getting you and your stuff from the old location to the new location. This will involve transportation in some fashion. Since it is not likely you will be able to move everything in your personal vehicle, this will involve either hiring professional movers or renting a truck.
Most truck rental companies will charge a flat fee that includes a set number of miles. If you are conducting your own long-distance move, you need to be prepared to pay extra money for those added miles, so definitely inquire as to how they work and then calculate your total costs. In some cases, it might end up not saving that much compared to a professional moving service.
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You will also probably need to purchase truck rental insurance. Just make sure you know exactly what will be (and what isn't) covered under the policy and how much extra this will cost. Other travel expenses may include:
Although these will not be a huge cost or expense, shipping and packing supplies will certainly not be an insignificant expense, either. You could, of course, visit supermarkets and other local business in an attempt to find some free boxes. The only problem is that many boxes obtained in this fashion may be too weak or otherwise unsuitable for a move.
You could also, if planning far enough ahead, grab a number of copy paper boxes. These do tend to be very strong, although not very large. But by spending a couple weeks grabbing them from several sources, this might be enough to get you started. Boxes may also be purchased outright from moving supply stores or hardware stores (even shipping places like UPS, although they might be a bit more expensive here).
These are just some of the main areas you need to think about when deciding how much your move might cost. These costs, along with the time and effort involved, should give you a good idea of whether to move or to consider professional help.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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