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5 Moving Costs to Factor Into Your Budget

It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving to a new state, across the country, or right down the block, moving costs add up quickly. According to

“The average cost of a local move is $1,250 [and] the average cost of a long distance move is $4,890 […] based on a 2 – 3 bedroom move of approximately 7,500 pounds.”

These aren’t the total costs, either. These estimates include just the cost to hire a professional moving company. While this will likely amount for the bulk of your moving expenses, there are many other factors that can increase the total cost of your move.

Let’s look at five hidden costs of moving that you might not have considered before that you should definitely factor into your moving budget.  

1. Packing Materials & Services


If you’re planning on packing your items yourself, you’re going to need to buy a lot of packing materials. This includes boxes, bubble wrap, protective coverings, specialty containers, labels, tape… the list goes on.

Depending on the size of your move, this can really add up. 

We would recommend using a professional packing service. While this will add to your moving costs, it usually is more cost-effective compared to buying all of the materials yourself.

Not to mention you can now spend the hours you would’ve spent packing on other more important activities leaving the packing to the professionals.

Our professional packing service can provide all of the materials as well, so you won’t have to drive around searching for free boxes, either. Professionals are also trained to pack things carefully, which means your things will be safer on their journey to your new home.

2. Storage Space


Storage space is a common need for many during a move. Renting storage is perfect for those that arrive at their new place only to discover they can’t fit everything in or a couch won’t fit through the doorway. 

Storage space is also helpful if you’re downsizing, but aren’t ready to give up some of your possessions. 

Looking for an affordable, secure, and local Boston storage company?

Eagle Lines Moving offers a number of local warehouse storage options.

3. Filling Up Your New Home


New place, new you! Many people find that moving is a chance to refresh their style and aesthetic. If that sounds like you, then you should factor in the cost of new furniture, decor, bedding, art, etc.

You’ll also want to set aside some money to replace all of the household goods and items that most people don’t bother bringing with them. Things like toilet plungers, pots & pans, sponges, old dusters, and more can often do with a replacement with each move.

4. Travel Costs


Besides moving all of your things, you’re going to need to factor in your own move as well! You and your family members will need to factor in the cost for you all to travel to the new place.

For a move down the street, this won’t be more than the cost to park and a tank of gas. However, for a long distance moving service, you’ll need to plan for a long drive, plane tickets, or another form of transportation.

Don’t forget about your furry friends, either! Pet boarding and travel is another cost to factor into the budget as well.

5. Tip Your Movers


The age-old question: do you tip your movers?

We would recommend it! Your movers are going up and down your stairs, carrying extremely heavy items, and, in general, make one of the most stressful days of your life much, much easier. 

Adjust the tip amount based on the size and difficulty of the move.

Manage Your Moving Costs with Proper Planning


Even just taking the time to read this post means that you’re probably in pretty good shape managing your moving costs and budget. Moving is feasible for everyone with enough time and effort put into planning and budgeting.

Moving is made even easier when you choose a professional moving company with years of experience with packing, moving, and storage. Eagle Lines Moving checks all of those boxes (and we’ll pack all of those boxes, too!).

Learn more about our moving services here, and don’t hesitate to contact our Boston movers with any questions or to request an estimate!

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