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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

One of the first things you’ll do when moving is try to estimate the cost of your move. If you have a good idea about the distance to move, the amount of items you have, moving supplies required, and transportation costs (quotes from moving companies), you can easily estimate the cost of your move.


Distance to Move
How far is your new address from your current address? Knowing the distance is important if you are moving to another part of the city because local movers usually charge by the hour. The further away it is, the longer it takes to cover the distance and consequently the higher the cost. You can easily find the distance by doing a Google map search. It will give you the distance, but also the time it takes you to drive from one place to another.

Items you Have
The amount of things you are moving is an important factor when estimating the cost of your move. It is especially important if you are moving to another city, state or country because long distance moving services will typically use a formula that takes into account the pound (or kilogram) of weight as well as the cubic feet they will occupy. Thus, the more you have, the higher the cost of moving. To minimize the cost, you can cram as many things in as little space as you can.

Moving Supplies
Moving supplies like packing boxes, tapes, labels, and markers can make a significant impact on your moving costs. Create a list of all the things you will need along with their tentative costs. Even if you get many of the supplies free of cost, such as boxes and wrapping paper, remember they can still add to your moving cost because they increase the weight and volume of your things. So you need to consider these when estimating your cost of moving.

Transportation Costs
Whether you are moving a short distance or long distance, transportation costs make up the major portion of your moving cost. Many short distance movers charge a minimum rate for each hour, which means that even if it takes only three-quarters of an hour to move, they will still charge you for the whole hour. Long distance movers who usually charge by the pound also have different rates for different distances. You can find the transportation costs by collecting quotes from moving companies.


Most moving companies have their own mathematical formula for calculating the cost of moving. They may not be willing to share the formula with you, but there is no need to worry about that. You can get an accurate moving cost by using this Unpakt moving cost calculator. All it requires you to do is enter the number of rooms in your home, and the zip code of your new and old addresses. It will let you know exactly how much it will cost you to move.