What Is the Average Cost of Moving?

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What Is the Average Cost of Moving?

What Is the Average Cost of Moving?

There is a lot included in the cost of your moving services. To give a customer an estimate on moving costs, it’s nearly impossible without certain details and information. However, according to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), the average cost of an interstate household move is about $4,300 which includes about 1,255 miles of travel. This is for about 7,400lbs of belongings.

What Is the Average Cost of Moving?

When it comes to average moving costs, there are several things that a moving company considers. Your location, the services you choose, the weight of your belongings, the time of season, the current fuel costs, and the distance between both locations will affect your final moving costs. Fortunately, it is usually cheaper and safer to hire a professional moving company.


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The moving companies’ laborers also charge hourly. Although it depends on the location and situation of your move, each laborer estimates at about $25 per hour. Of course, the smaller the move, the fewer laborers are needed. A studio apartment may take about 2-3 laborers for a few hours usually costing about $150-$300 in labor fees. A large home will need more laborers to complete the job and may cost upwards to a few thousand dollars.

How Does a Moving Company Find out the Weight of Belongings?

The weight of your belongings really matter when factoring the costs. To get the exact weight of a customer’s belongings, the moving company will first weigh the truck that they intend to use. This total is referred to as the tare weight. After all your belongings are loaded onto the truck, it will get weighed again. This is the gross weight. The tare weight and the gross weight are then subtracted from one another. The total left is referred to as the net weight which is the exact weight of your belongings.

The weight of your belongings affects the final cost of your moving services significantly. The movers should take this part of the moving process seriously. It’s important that you hire a reliable moving company if you wish for the move to go over smoothly. Make sure the mover you hire is licensed and approved by the Better Business Bureau.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

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.

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