Average Arizona Moving Costs & How NOT to Break the Budget
Moving can be stressful enough, but add on the cost of moving, packing and organizing and things can just get downright crazy. A to Z Valley Wide Movers wants you to know what the average cost for an Arizona move is and how your moving company in Paradise Valley can help.
Not only does the average cost of move include the obvious: deposits, moving company fees, gas, meals, packing materials and the like, but all of these expenses add up quickly. To get a better idea of the average cost of an Arizona move we suggest reading on for more information. According to some sources (the American Moving and Storage Association) the average cost of a move to a different state is about $4,300. This is based on the average mileage of 1,225. For those moves within one state the average cost is about $2,300 assuming that you hire around four movers at about $200 per hour.
Moves across country are slightly different averages, ranging from $1,500 to $4,200 depending on the size of the home you are moving out of. On average a studio apartment’s inventory will weigh about 2,000 pounds and cost about $1,500. A one-bedroom apartment may weigh up to 2,00 pounds and cost an average of $1,800 to $2,500. A two-bedroom home’s inventory may weigh up to 5-6,000 pounds and cost $3,500-$4,200. These are all base prices.
Although hiring movers in Queen Creek is almost always more expensive than hiring your cousin, remember that quality counts when it comes to moving your home and your belongings safely to another state or even just another home. When moving locally, keep in mind that local moving costs are largely based on your city and state so rates will change with where your home is located – both current and your future home. Knowing these figures though can help you save and plan and have a good idea of what range to be in though, compared to being blindsided by how much the move actually ends up costing you and your family.
Generally local and long distance moving companies charge on an hourly basis and depends on what the movers are doing, i.e. unloading your boxes, loading the boxes into a moving truck, carrying large pieces of furniture or packing. Prices for San Tan Valley movers also depend on travel fees. These often cover all the expenses of gas and mileage on the mover’s part and the general fee for arriving to and from your home. As a rule of thumb, the average moving price for local moves is around $25 per hour, per mover. This doesn’t include the extra charges for packing or carrying bulky furniture but serves as a good average. Extra fees can also include those based on tons of stairs that movers have to climb, moving vehicles out of the way and how heavy your items are. Although it may sound daunting, being up front with your Queen Creek moving company and asking these questions is likely to get you a better idea of how much you’ll be spending.
The three main things that affect the average cost of a move can be distance (obviously the longer the move the more money you are bound to spend), item weight (more items mean more money…) and any additional services you might request such as the actual packing process, unpacking, furniture disassembly and/or reassembly etc.
Moving your home yourself or with the help of friends can save you a bunch of money, and can be just as efficient if you are organized during the process. We are not guaranteeing it will be cheap, however it may save you some money if this is the option that best suits your needs. Small costs do add up quickly with these DIY moving days however. Whether you are making a move across the state or across the country, you can prevent breaking the bank by using these tips:
- Choose the right size truck. Because prices vary based on how far you have to drive the truck, it is worth planning out how much space you need to get your items to your new home and how much space you can utilize by driving a bigger truck a lesser distance (compared to many back and forth moves in a small truck).
- Think about rental insurance. Many damages are covered by your vehicle’s insurance so do your research before charging your truck rental up to $150 more.
- Be efficient. Deciding on whether to use a gas or diesel truck can make or break your budget, and again planning out the best routes and smallest amount of trips can save you money in the long run.
- Look for hotel deals. If your move takes you across country you might want to use resources like hotwire.com or kayak.com to find the best deal on a hotel. In the end it is up to you how many stars you need a hotel to be but if you can live with two or three you are likely to save on per-night rates.
- Hire your family and friends. For in-state moves this is a great option. Offering your friends and family pizza and bonfire after might be payment enough and that is much more cost effective than $75 an hour for moving help.
- Use recycled boxes. Usually liquor stores, big box stores such as Costco or Walmart and homegoods stores (Target is a great place to go) will set aside boxes for you with a call in advance.
As your Arizona movers we strive to make your relocation stress free. Some other ways to save on your move is by hiring an affordable, local moving company to help (cough-A to Z Valley Wide Movers-cough). The pros do not have to be out of reach if you do your research and find a company that has great reviews and offers efficient service. Schedule your move smartly. Moving during any time other than peak season (May through September) will help you not break the bank. A flexible move date will most likely cut costs. Lastly, pack and move only the things you need. By lessening the amount of stuff to pack and move. Win, win!
A to Z Valleywide Movers – Michael Rodriguez
2316 E. Rawhide St.
Gilbert, AZ 85296