You’re on the cusp of a major life change. You’ve graduated from high school and are about to start an exciting new chapter in your life. Maybe you’re off to college. Maybe it’s time to get a job and start a career.

Maybe you’re an adult and it’s time for a personal change. Perhaps you’re divorcing a spouse and the subsequent house flipping project requires you to buying a home to move in to. Be it a crossroads in your personal or professional life, moving requires plenty of planning.

Not only do you have to consider what to take with you, you also have to deal with the moving costs. This guide will break down the total cost of moving and tips to getting what you need.

Moving Costs to Expect


You can either buy packing materials or rent them from a moving company. Expect to pay around $100 for packing materials, depending on the size of your home.

If you don’t have time to pack up your home yourself, you can hire a packing company to do it for you. Packing services usually cost around $200-$300.


The cost of transportation will depend on the distance of your move and the size of your home. A cross-country move will cost more than a local move, and a three-bedroom home will cost more to move than a one-bedroom apartment

If you’re driving your belongings to your new home, you’ll need to rent a truck. Be sure to factor in the cost of gas and additional mileage charges. The average cost of gas for a moving truck is about $200.

Planning Ahead

To get rid of unwanted items, you can hold a garage sale, donate to a local charity, or take them to a consignment shop. You can also sell them online or have them picked up by a junk removal service. This will make packing and unpacking easier, and it will also save you money on moving costs.

If you’re moving into a rental property, you may also need to pay a security deposit and the first month’s rent in advance. Be sure that the property that you are moving into has the storage that you need and is well-maintained.

Get your new property check out by a professional and you have one less thing to worry about. Guardian Inspections can help you transition into your new place with ease and confidence.

Planning for Your Next Move?

Moving costs will always be part of the journey, but knowing what to expect can help ease the financial burden. Use this guide to help plan and budget for your next move.

If you don’t like the idea of doing it yourself, hiring a professional is always an option. Don’t forget to compare prices and services between different companies to get the best deal possible.

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