How Much Does a Local Move Really Cost?

If you’re moving locally, you might be tempted to do it yourself and avoid hiring a local moving company. It might seem like you’ll save on moving costs by forgoing the services of a professional moving company, but in fact, many of the costs remain the same regardless of the distance of your move. Why? Because when you move, you’ll need the same supplies and packing help whether you’re moving across the street or across the country.

You can handle local moving on your own, but there will be many costs involved. Renting a box truck can cost anywhere from $25 to $60 per day, as well as 75 to 99 cents per mile. Figure in the cost of insurance for the moving truck, which could run $15-$25 per day, as well as taxes and fees. Additionally, box trucks go through fuel quickly, typically at a rate of 10 to 12 miles per gallon; the mileage can be even lower if the truck is full of heavy boxes and furniture.

Moving supplies can also be costly. A roll of bubble wrap typically sells for about $28, and you’ll need to buy pads, boxes, labels, tape, and more. To move appliances, you’ll need to rent or buy a dolly. Then you’ll need to find people to help you move your things. You may be able to talk friends into helping you, but then you’ll be obligated to help them with their moves in the future.

People often fail to consider the time required by a move. The time you spend moving your possessions could be spent working or doing other things related to your move. What’s more, depending on how extensive your move is and the flexibility of your work schedule, you may need to take time off from work. You’ll also be taking a risk moving yourself, because if you accidentally break something or sustain injuries while carrying heavy items you’ll end up with extra expenses.

When you hire a professional moving company, the company assumes those kinds of risks. You won’t have to rent a truck or beg favors from your friends, and you won’t need to purchase as many supplies or set aside as much time to move your things. Make sure you know up front what’s included in the quoted price, and expect to pay based on factors including:

  • Hourly rate
  • The size of your move
  • The distance you’re moving
  • The number of movers needed
  • The number of trucks needed

At Condor Moving Systems, we’re experts in moving anyone anywhere. Since our Dallas/Fort Worth based full service moving company opened its doors in 2003, we’ve set the highest standards in the moving and storage industry. Our knowledgeable moving consultants and highly trained moving crews specialize in both residential moving services and commercial relocation. Whether you’re moving locally or long-distance, we’ll make your move a positive experience and do everything possible to guarantee your satisfaction. Call 877.356.2236 or contact us today!