The dollars and cents that go into moving vary greatly depending on a number of factors.
Making the decision to move can be an exciting time, whether you’re moving across town or across the country. But it can also be a milestone surrounded by uncertainty: am I making the right decision? How will my kids adjust to a new school? Will I like my new neighborhood?
According to the US Census, 11.2 percent of Americans moved in 2016, for reasons related to housing, family, and employment. And there’s one question pretty much everyone who is thinking about moving asks: How much will it cost to relocate?
There are all kinds of moving expenses to keep in mind, including changes in cost of living, balancing two mortgages (or a mortgage and rent) during the transition, and the cost of actually getting all your belongings from point A to point B. Here’s some information about average moving expenses to help you make sense of it all.
Estimating moving costs
Roughly half of all people who move use professional movers, whether they’re moving short or long distances.
These are average costs for moving, according to HomeAdvisor. Of course, prices vary by region and by distance.
Type of move
Local/intrastate (under 100 miles, including 2 movers + truck)
$80-$100 per hour
+ $25-$50 extra per additional mover
Interstate/cross-country (over 100 miles)
$2,000-$5,000 per move
+ $0.50 per pound
How much does it cost to move across town?
Local moves make up the vast majority of people moving every year. According to Zillow research, 57 percent of home buyers who also sell a home move within the same city, and 86 percent move within the same state.
For local moves, you’ll typically pay an hourly rate that includes a truck and the services of two movers. The bigger your home, the longer your move will take.
Consider these estimates from HomeAdvisor.
Size of house
Estimated time of move
Average price range
How far in advance should I book local movers?
Keep in mind that most people move between May and September, so you’ll want to book your movers at least four weeks ahead of time. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the day and time that works best for you, and the more likely you are to get an experienced crew.
The least expensive days to move are Monday-Thursday. In the off-season (October-April), you can often book movers with only one to two weeks’ notice.
How much does it cost to move across the country?
While local movers typically charge by the hour, for a cross-country move you’ll likely be charged based on two key variables: weight and distance.
Before the move, the empty truck is weighed, and your mover should provide you with an “empty weight” receipt. Then, once all your belongings are loaded, they’ll weigh your truck again to help them determine your moving cost.
Have no idea how much your belongings weigh? Reputable movers will give you an estimate before you sign on the dotted line, using average weights for homes of your size (more on estimates later).
For example, the goods inside a 1,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom apartment typically weigh about 5,000 pounds. A 2,800-square-foot, 4-bedroom home’s furnishings typically weigh in at around 20,500 pounds.
Simply put, the farther a moving company has to transport your belongings, the higher the bill will be. You’ll likely be charged a per-mile rate in addition to the weight-based charges. Make sure to ask if there are any additional transportation charges, like fuel or tolls.
How far in advance should I book movers for a long-distance move?
For an interstate or cross-country move, you’ll want to book your movers as early as possible — ideally six to eight weeks before your move.
Moving costs vary depending on factors such as the number of belongings, the length of the move, and the services provided.
Typical moving expenses
Whatever kind of move you’re planning, the moving expenses you’ll incur will vary based on the level of service you’re looking for:
Just a truck rental: The ultimate DIY move, in this scenario you’ll be doing the packing, loading, transportation, unloading, and unpacking on your own, with just the help of a rental truck. Flat per-day rates start at around $20 per day, depending on the size of the truck, plus charges for gas and mileage.
Loading, transportation, and unloading: Save your back by doing all the packing and unpacking yourself, but have professional movers do the heavy lifting. For a local move, this service can range from $200 for a one-bedroom apartment to $2,000+ for a 4-bedroom house.
Full-service moves: Leave everything to the pros, including wrapping and packing your belongings, loading them, transporting them to your new home, and unloading. You’ll just be responsible for unpacking your belongings and getting settled. This type of move is usually used for long-distance moves. Expect to pay roughly $2,000-$5,000 for the transportation, plus about 50 cents per pound, plus $25-$50 per hour, per mover for packing and unpacking help.
Temporary storage: If your moving dates don’t line up exactly, you may find yourself needing to temporarily stash your things in a storage unit or moving container. Storage facility rates start at about $50 per month for a small unit, and go up to $300 or $400 for larger units. If you’d like the convenience of a portable storage unit that’s delivered to your home, loaded by you, and stored in a warehouse until you’re ready for re-delivery, expect to pay $150-$300 per month, plus delivery and re-delivery costs.
Moving supplies: Instead of buying and then recycling boxes, you can go green and rent hard plastic boxes for your move. Prices start at about $50 per week for enough boxes to pack a 1-bedroom apartment, and up to $200 to pack a large house. Once you’re done, the rental service will pick up the boxes. To save money on cardboard boxes, check your local “buy nothing” group or moving truck rental company, which often have used boxes on hand.
Additional costs of moving
When calculating your relocation budget, make sure to keep in mind these unexpected moving costs:
A transportation surcharge if the moving company pays workers more for working in metropolitan areas, where labor costs are often higher.
You may opt to purchase full value protection insurance. Released value protection is typically included by movers at no cost, but the protection is minimal — just 60 cents per pound per article lost or damaged.
Charges for moving vehicles, including cars, boats, and motorcycles.
Surcharges for moving large or fragile items — think swing sets, pianos, extra-large furniture, or riding lawn mowers.
Additional charges if the movers have to walk more than 75 feet from door to truck, or if they need to use stairs or an elevator.
Additional charges if your street is too narrow to accommodate a moving truck and they’ll need to shuttle your belongings with a smaller truck.
You may find yourself paying unexpected moving costs if there’s a delay in the availability of your new home and the moving company has to put your items into storage.
Moving cost agreements
Any reputable moving company should provide you with a quote before your move, using the industry-standard rate book published by the Household Goods Carrier Bureau, called the Tariff 400-N. There are two main types of moving quotes:
Non-binding estimates are the industry standard. They reflect the company’s best guess as to what your final bill will be, but they can often be inaccurate. Whenever possible, opt for not-to-exceed quote.
Not-to-exceed estimates are quotes where the moving company commits to a maximum price.
To avoid being surprised by high moving costs, ask your movers to provide a not-to-exceed estimate.
When it comes to moving, the best way to limit your costs (and to keep your sanity) is to move quickly. The faster you’re out of your old home and into your new home, the less you’ll pay in movers, rented supplies, storage costs, and — most importantly — overlapping mortgage payments or rent.
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WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — City residents could see a property tax rate increase three times larger than expected as part of the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.
At Monday’s agenda review meeting, council members were presented two scenarios that would raise the property tax rate 1-cent or 1 1/2-cent, rather than the previously discussed half-cent hike.
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Home staging is the process of preparing your home for sale to make its best impression on prospective buyers. It can be as simple as cleaning the house and putting out fresh flowers or as complicated as hiring a consultant to determine what furnishings and decorations best suit your home while itís on the market. Big budget or small, how you present your home to potential buyers can affect how quickly it sells.
Cleaning and decluttering are essential. The whole house should sparkle, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Clear off counters and organize cabinets and closets. Too much "stuff" is distracting and makes spaces feel cramped and small definitely not a good impression. Remove furniture that blocks the natural traffic flow, being sure there is a clear walkway to all windows and that the windows and screens are clean.
Visual cues help buyers process your homeís features. Keeping room decor simple makes it easy to ascertain a roomís purpose. A bed and a dresser in a room with a closet are all it takes to show that a room can be used as a bedroom. A table with chairs identify a dining area, formal or otherwise. Staging rooms for their traditional purpose helps buyers understand your home. Whether the final buyer decides to use rooms the way you show them doesn't matter.
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If you are like most, you know that it would be beneficial to just have money handed over your way. You work hard at what you do and are financially stable. You know that it is time for you to move into a new place and want to make sure that you have the best opportunities available for you. The first investigation to make in order to step forward is through a loan pre-qualification.
Loan pre-qualifications will determine if you have the financial ability to invest in real estate in the beginning. By having the right pre-qualification, you can be guaranteed a specific amount of money and will have the ability to move into the home of your dreams.
The first thing that is determined with loan pre-qualification is how much you make each year from your job. By finding this, it will allow for lenders to know how much you will be able to put into a loan in relation to other expenses that you may have. Things such as personal debt and car loans, as well as credit card expenses will be calculated in this figure to show the first step to finding the right loan.
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If you want to make sure that you have the right loan, then becoming pre-qualified is the first step that you will need to take. This will enable you to move forward with what you want and need for your loan. By knowing what to expect, you can prepare for the process of getting a loan and can move into the property that you want.
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Renovating is not just satisfying but it is also quite beneficial to the value of your home. Even though it is great watching these house flipping shows on HGTV that max out budgets and create masterpieces in these homes over doing the renovations might not be as "worth it" as you'd like. Depending on the real estate market, your neighborhood and what buyers are looking for you might want to think about these three things before you start knocking walls down.
1. Understand what your local market is doing because depending on if it is a seller's or buyer's market it can determine whether or not making big renovations will sell or not. Just remember that in a seller's market you can get away with selling a house with less upgrades for more. You'll want to stick with more practical upgrades like new counters or a new coat of paint.
2. Don't price yourself out of your neighborhood's worth. In older neighborhoods, you don’t want to renovate your house so much that it looks out of place or becomes a target for theft. You want to find a nice balance. A good rule of thumb: Don’t raise your home’s value any higher than 10 percent of the average cost of homes in your neighborhood.
3. Where do you start the renovation? Pick renovation projects that give your home the features buyers are looking for most. A lot of buyers look for updated kitchens, master bedrooms and bathrooms. These three spaces alone can sell your home, so consider investing extra money in these areas.
Don't forget to make sure you make decisions base on your areas real estate market, your neighborhood and features that appeal to buyers. If you stay informed, research, and follow the trends, you’ll end up with a beautifully renovated home that will appeal to a large range of buyers.
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What is a home staging?
Home staging prepares a home for sale, and for the dozens of inquiring eyes that will be scouring the property looking for flaws. It creates an image of the perfectly decorated home, in move-in condition. This should be the next step after decluttering, cleaning and repairing your home. The changes may be as small as rearranging furniture to give the illusion of more space, or repainting with more neutral and soothing colors. Home stagers will offer great ideas for perking up a room with accessories and creating a new stylish look for your home
Why stage your home?
In this day and age, staging is a must. It can give you the edge that may result in a faster sale or a higher sales price.
First impressions can make or break the sale of the house, and a home that is properly staged helps to maximize your chances of a positive first impression.
Your home will have an advantage over other unstaged homes.
A staged home shows well in web site marketing and video tours, and since the majority of homes are chosen over the internet, this is a vital form of advertising.
Tips for staging your home.
-As you go from room to room, there should be a flow to your home. Avoid overly bright or bold colored walls. This may mean repainting some or all of your rooms with more calming, neutral tones. Some people cannot understand that that bright purple wall can be removed with a coat of paint, and these distractions may result in no sales.
-Clean the carpets
Furniture: The most common trick used by stagers is to rearrange furniture to create a more stylish look. During my house sale, my stager suggested I move my dining room table into the living room, creating a living/dining room. This freed up space for my crammed kitchen table and voila, I had a brand new and improved living space.
-Rearranging may also mean reducing the amount of furniture so that a room looks more open. This includes emptying out closets, even if it means putting some things in storage. Consider renting a few pieces of stylish furniture or pieces of art.
-Tidy up your bookcases so that they look pleasing to the eye. This may mean packing away many of your books and keeping out the ones that display well.
-Brighten the house up by cleaning windows, and go with higher wattage light bulbs (just until the home sells). Make sure that the lights are left on before an open house, so the prospective buyers are walk into well-lit rooms and hallways.
-Creative use of fabrics as accent pieces for additional texture and color are very common.
-Remove family pictures, hockey trophies, any traces of everyday family life. You don't want the buyer feeling that they are in someone else's space; they need to imagine their family living in this house.
-Use plug in room fresheners, especially to mask pet and smoking odors. If you can't get rid of a smell, overpower it by providing a distraction such as baking chocolate chip cookies and leaving the tray in the oven.
-Sweep out the furnace room and clean the cobwebs off the furnace. If the furnace looks cleaner, it appears newer.
-Make a list of general repairs, and if you can't complete them, hire a handyman to polish them off.
-Add fresh or silk flowers to many of the rooms.
-Display bowls of colorful fruit.
-Apply oil to cabinets to revive their finish.
-Modernize your cabinet handles.
-Clear everything off the counters, finding homes for small appliances - you'll love the look.
-Remove fridge magnets and small area rugs.
-Have a table set for use, complete with place mats, place setting and napkins.
-Have a set of thick and luxurious towels reserved only for open houses.
-Fill baskets with scented soaps and lotions.
-Use a scented plug in air freshener.
-Remove the collection of shampoo bottles from the tub, or toothbrushes lying on the counter.
-Clear off your night tables, maybe leaving out an interest looking book.
-Place containers of flowers on the patios, decks and entranceways.
-Set the table with colorful picnic plates
-Power wash the outside of the house, patios and walkways.
-Freshen up the paint on all porches and doors
-Weed the gardens and apply mulch; it makes them look like new.
In order to make your home staging a positive experience make sure you use either a realtor who is skilled at home staging, or a professional home stager. The latter is a trained designer and they understand how to create a mood or illusion for the buyer.
It can be difficult listening to strangers telling you how your home needs to look. You really need to be open minded and trust their expertise. Many people are surprised at how hard it is to separate from their homes; just keep telling yourself, "It's not my home anymore". You'll probably enjoy many of the changes you've made and may reflect these in your new house as well. There is just something about living in a stylish, clean, clutter-free environment.
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