Moving companies aren’t cheap. If cost is the most important concern, there are several alternatives to full-service movers to consider. Fortunately, we have an article that details a variety of low-cost options for moving out of state. To send you some examples, consider the following:
• Containers that move
• Trucks for rent
• Marketplaces for shipping
• Traveling by bus or train is an option.
• Towing a trailer
Is it possible for a moving company to transport only one piece of furniture?
Moving companies are not the ideal choice for shipping a single piece of furniture, such as a sofa or mattress. Most moving companies have minimum weight requirements and will not accept shipments of this size. LTL carriers or shipment marketplaces like UShip are better choices for shipping single products.
How much does a “do-it-yourself” transfer cost on average?
You will typically save an amount of cash on the actual cost of the transfer if you are able to do all of the heavy lifting and driving yourself. Additionally, you would have more power over the moving operation, which some people prefer.
Rental trucks and moving containers are the two most popular DIY choices. Let’s take a quick look at each option’s projected costs.
What is the cost of renting a portable storage container?
Moving containers function similarly to portable storage units in that they can be delivered to your home, loaded, and then transported or stored locally or long distances. This “do-it-yourself” option excludes labor and any packing services. However, as an added service, you can hire local movers to assist with the packing.
The estimated total cost of traveling within 50 miles with a portable moving container is usually between $400 and $700. Most businesses charge a fee each time you transport the container locally. There are three container fees in a typical move: a drop-off fee, a transfer fee, and a pick-up fee. If you intend to move the container more than three times, the costs will quickly add up.
Depending on the distance of the transfer, average moving container prices for interstate moves will vary from $900 to $4500+. In general, the further you go, the more expensive items get. If the company does not have a location near your destination, the price will increase. Find a company that has locations on both ends of your move, if possible.
The majority of portable storage firms, such as PODS, provide 30 days of free storage in their prices. Containers vary in length from 7 feet to 20 feet. Larger containers would be more expensive to rent and transport. If you’re moving a big house, you’ll probably need more than one box, which will increase your total cost.
For moves that require storage, moving containers are a right choice. To Calculating Moving Quotes, look at our list of the best moving container firms.
Depending on the length and size of the truck and the length of the rental, the average cost of a local moving truck rental will vary from $30 to $500. Budget Truck Rental, for example, charges a base rate of $20-$60 per day to hire a truck.
A one-way moving truck rental will cost anywhere from $200 to $300 if you’re just moving a few hundred miles to $2,000 to $4,000+ if you’re moving around the country. The cost of a long-distance move truck rental is determined by the distance between locations and the size of the rental truck required. A certain number of miles and days are usually included in rates.
For example, if you’re traveling long distances from New York to California, the rental truck rate would almost certainly include 3,200 miles of driving and 6-8 days of rental time. For a premium, additional rental days and miles may be obtained.
Fuel is another significant expense that you can budget for ahead of time. Depending on the length and size of the truck and whether it is loaded or empty with household goods, moving rental trucks get an average of 8-12 miles per gallon. A fully loaded 26-foot rental truck, for example, would likely get no more than 7 to 9 miles per gallon, while an empty 10-foot truck would probably get closer to 12 to 15 MPG. Expenses for fuel can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars.