Moving Budgets: Your Ultimate Guide To Average Costs Per Bedroom

Moving Budgets: Your Ultimate Guide To Average Costs Per Bedroom

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Moving is rarely a cheap task. No matter the distance, transferring your belongings from one house to the next requires a great amount of time, planning, and money. While everybody’s moving situation is different, all moves require moving supplies, labor, and transportation to take your property with you. We’ll discuss the average costs of moving a house per amount of bedrooms and what to consider when budgeting your next move!

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What Costs to Include in Your Budget

While there are many factors to consider, the average cost of moving a house depends on the moving supplies, labor costs, and transportation options the owner decides upon.

Moving Supplies

No matter the distance, moving supplies are essential. To stay organized, it is important to consider the variety of products you can store, ship, and stack your property with. When determining what to get for your upcoming move, first figure out what exactly you are packing.

Moving boxes are a popular and fantastic option, especially when moving books, toys, and other knick-knacks. They are easy to stack and keep your things organized for a low price. You can easily order cardboard moving boxes on Amazon for as low as $20 or buy them at Lowe’s, Menards, Ace, or a hardware store near you.

Along with moving boxes, make sure to also purchase packing tape (box-sealing tape that is pressure-sensitive) and permanent markers. By labeling the boxes, you ensure a quick and organized move-out and move-in process.

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Moving blankets (cushioned fabric that can protect surfaces) are another popular moving essential. If you are moving large furniture or decorations, wrapping a moving blanket around the item can help keep it safe. Moving blankets can also be found online and can be bought in packs on Amazon or Home Depot. Costs for blankets depend on the type of fabric, but singular moving blankets can be found for as little as $7.00.

Furthermore, a moving necessity that can keep your smaller breakable items safe is a protective wrap. Protective wrap comes in many forms. Cardboard wrap and bubble wrap are extremely popular and will keep mugs, glass, ornaments, and other breakable items safe as you move from one place to the next.

Of course, the number of moving supplies depends on how many possessions you have. Packing efficiently can save you time and money, but it is always a good idea to have plenty of supplies.

Labor

When it comes to the average cost of moving a house, hiring movers to help you is a great option to consider! Movers are professionals who will handle your property with care and consideration. While movers can be costly, they are often the most efficient and effective way to move out of any house or apartment.

Labor costs fluctuate depending on location, bedroom size, and personal items. Because there are so many factors, average labor rates are tricky to predict. That being said, the average cost is between $40 and $80 per mover. Most moving jobs require two or more movers, so expect to pay for more than one person.

Long-distance moves can become quite costly, but the professional help can absolutely be worth it! The number of bedrooms and miles determine the cost of the long-distance movers. It can cost between $950 and $17,000.

While not usually required, tipping is a great way to show your gratitude towards your movers. A gratuity of ten to twenty percent is average when it comes to tipping your movers.

UniMovers

UniMovers is a moving company that charges a flat hourly rate for their services. We move residential properties (homes, apartments, and in-home moving). We also offer commercial services, such as offices, warehouses, and home staging and decorating.

Transportation

While moving transportation options are influenced by the distance of the move, the decision mostly depends on the amount of possessions the owner is transporting from one house to the other.

A moving truck costs an average of $20 to $130 a day for a local move. In addition to the rental fee, most truck companies charge an average fee of $0.70 to $2.00 per mile for local moves. A long-distance move is much more costly, with an average of $200 to $500 per day.

Even if you are simply moving down the block, having a way to transport your possessions efficiently is incredibly important. While the type of vehicle depends on how many items you are transporting, a moving truck is always a fantastic option.

Average Cost of a One-Bedroom Move

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Moving Supplies Costs

Believe it or not, an average of twenty to thirty moving boxes is the perfect amount for a one-bedroom move. Moving boxes are essential for organizing and transporting your items. While this sounds like more storage than needed, having a good amount of boxes (as well as packing tape and permanent markers) will help you keep your things organized.

A one-bedroom move needs an average of twelve to fifteen moving blankets as well as 10 meters of protective wrap. If you have a lot of breakable items (such as ornaments or glassware), it would be smart to purchase more moving blankets and protective wrap so that nothing breaks while on the go.

For a one-bedroom move, homeowners should set aside an average of $150 for moving supplies. However, expect this cost to fluctuate depending on the possessions you need to pack and the location of your move.

Labor Costs

For a one-bedroom move, there will be an average of two movers for the job. They will take an average of four hours. Depending on the moving company, the average cost of a one-bedroom home can be from $200 to $1,000.

The average cost of long-distance movers for a one-bedroom move is between $950 and $5,100. Your cost greatly depends on the distance the movers have to travel.

For UniMovers, a Studio or small apartment would require two movers and three to four hours of their time to load and unload your small house or apartment.

Transportation Costs

A ten to twelve-foot truck is the perfect size for a one-bedroom move. The average rental cost for a moving truck that size is $20 to $30, excluding the mileage fee.

Cargo vans and pickup trucks are great options for one-bedroom moves, too. They cost an average of $20 to $120 per day.

Many people own cargo vans and pickup trucks. Neighbors, friends, and colleagues often have vehicles that are perfect for a one-bedroom move and great to borrow.

Average Cost of a Two-Bedroom Move

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Moving Supplies Costs

When moving out of a two-bedroom house, you need an average of 60 to 80 moving boxes. Also, make sure to include three to four rolls of packing tape and a dozen permanent markers to keep your moving boxes secure and organized.

An average of twenty to twenty-five moving blankets is deemed necessary when moving a two-bedroom house. Especially if you are taking wooden furniture, these blankets are important! Twenty meters of protective wrap is the recommended average when moving out of a two-bedroom home.

The average cost of moving a two-bedroom house is $200. Expect this cost to fluctuate depending on the possessions you need to pack and the location of your move.

Labor Costs

For a two-bedroom move, there will be an average of three movers for the job. They will take an average of six hours. Depending on the moving company, a two-bedroom moving cost can fluctuate from $450 to $2,250.

The average cost of long-distance movers for a two-bedroom move is between $2,100 and $4,800. Your cost greatly depends on the distance the movers have to travel.

UniMovers will use three movers and an average of five to eight hours to load and unload a two-bedroom house.

Transportation Costs

A fourteen to twenty-foot moving truck is a great size for a two-bedroom move. The average rental cost for a moving truck this size is $30 to $80, excluding the mileage fee.

Average Cost of a Three-Bedroom Move

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Moving Supplies Costs

To move everything out of a three-bedroom house, you will need an average number of 80 to 100 moving boxes. Also, be sure to have three to four rolls of packing tape to keep your boxes together and plenty of permanent markers to keep yourself organized.

An average of 30 moving blankets is important to have, especially if you have a lot of wooden furniture being moved. Also, include 30 meters of protective wrap to your moving supplies list to keep your valuables safe!

The average cost of moving a three-bedroom house is $300, but expect this cost to fluctuate depending on the possessions you need to pack and the location of your move.

Labor Costs

For a three-bedroom move, there will be an average of four movers for the job. They will take an average of seven hours. Depending on the moving company, a two-bedroom moving cost can fluctuate from $700 to $3,500.

The average cost of long-distance movers for a three-bedroom move is the same as a two-bedroom move: between $2,100 and $4,800. Your cost greatly depends on the distance the movers have to travel.

Depending on the size of your house, UniMovers will send three or four movers that will take seven to ten hours to load and unload your house.

Transportation Costs

A three-bedroom move requires the same sized truck as a two-bedroom move. A fourteen to twenty-foot moving truck is the perfect size for a three-bedroom move. The average rental cost for a moving truck this size is $30 to $80, excluding the mileage fee.

Average Cost of a Four-Bedroom Move

Moving Supplies Costs

A four-bedroom house has plenty of items, so you will need an average number of 100 to 120 moving boxes when packing your belongings. Make sure to have five to six rolls of packing tape and plenty of permanent markers. Also, be sure to have three to four rolls of packing tape to keep your boxes together and plenty of permanent markers to keep yourself organized.

An average of 30 moving blankets is important to have, especially if you have a lot of wooden furniture being moved. Also, include 30 meters of protective wrap to your moving supplies list to keep your valuables safe!

The average cost of moving a four-bedroom house is $1,850. Expect this cost to fluctuate depending on the possessions you need to pack and the location of your move.

Labor Costs

For a four-bedroom move, there will be an average of four movers for the job. They will take an average of nine hours. Depending on the moving company, a two-bedroom moving cost can fluctuate from $900 to $7,500.

The average cost of long-distance movers for a four-bedroom move is between $5,700 and $13,700.

Depending on the size of your house, UniMovers will send three or four movers that will take seven to ten hours to load and unload your house.

Transportation Costs

A 22 to 26-foot moving truck is the perfect size for a four-bedroom move. The average rental cost for a moving truck this size is $40 to $130, excluding the mileage fee.

Conclusion

While there are many factors to consider when budgeting for your next move, the average cost of moving a house depends on the cost of moving supplies, labor, and transportation. The cost of a move is greatly influenced by the number of bedrooms a house has. It is smart to base your budget on the size of your house and the distance of your move.

Blogger/Journalist at UniMovers

Caroline is an undergraduate at the University of Iowa studying Business Management and English. When she's not studying, she spends time reading, hanging out with friends, working out, traveling, and calling her family. After college, Caroline will enter the publishing industry, where she will help authors and their stories find their perfect audience.