Is Moving Yourself That Much Cheaper? We Break It Down By The Numbers

Is Moving Yourself That Much Cheaper? We Break It Down By The Numbers

If you’re moving, and your goal is to save money, common sense says to move yourself. In some cases, that may be true. In others, though, you can actually save money by hiring pros.

Let’s first post the costs of a truck rental (from

  • A 14-foot rental truck designed to move household goods from a two bedroom unit usually costs $20-$30 for eight hours plus 68 cents-$1.10 per mile.
  • An eight-hour in-town rental for a 24-foot truck that holds furnishings for a three to four bedroom home usually runs $40-$70 per day plus 68 cents-$1.10 cents per mile.
  • A 10 or 11 day 14-foot rental for a truck traveling across the country and holding the contents of a one or two bedroom home can cost $1,800-$2,000.
  • Moving furnishings from a three home over 10 or 11 days cross the country costs $1,900-$3,080 and may include either unlimited mileage or the first 3,450 miles.

As you can see, if you’re moving locally, the truck rental is pretty inexpensive. If you are moving across country, though, it gets pretty costly, and that doesn’t include gasoline, insurance, and supplies.

Moving is about so much more than the truck, though. Your average moving company charges around $50 per mover for local moves (two mover minimum), which includes the cost of the truck. The average long-distance move ranges from around $2,000 up to $5,000, based on the size of the home. Obviously, that also includes the labor.

The cost of your move will depend on a lot of factors, such as the amount of stuff you have, how accessible your home is, and how prepared you are. Locally, you can save money by renting a truck, but there are some serious downsides.

Truck Rental Pros

  • You control the delivery date
  • You can save money

Truck Rental Cons

  • You might not save money after gas
  • You have to hire help, even if your truck breaks down in the middle of the trip
  • Most people underestimate the size of the move/truck

Professional Mover Pros

  • Can save you money when you factor in all the costs
  • Saves you a lot of labor
  • Allows you to drive your own car
  • Labor and gasoline are included

Professional Mover Cons

  • Can cost more
  • Long-distance delivery might take longer

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