When planning a move to a new home, it’s normal to spend a lot of time deciding when you’re going to move, what you’ll take with you, what you’ll get rid of, how to pack your stuff, and whether you’ll move everything yourself or ask—or hire—some folks to help you.

Not only is it important to figure out how and what you’re going to move, but it’s just as important to figure out just how much it’s going to cost to do it. Moving can be very expensive, and even if you try to save a few bucks by doing everything yourself, you can still encounter hidden or unexpected expenses that can add quite a few bucks to your initial moving estimate.

Whether you’re looking for affordable self-moving options or willing to pay the cost to hire movers, you’ll want to avoid any shocks to the wallet. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of common fees and charges you’ll typically face when purchasing supplies and services from traditional moving companies. (Figures are based on the typical cost of moving into a two-bedroom home.)

If you’re planning a move, it would be wise to add these costs to your estimate in order to determine which move is best for you:

  • You can expect to pay an environmental fee of $10 in order to help the company defray any costs associated with hazardous material disposal, as well as the development of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • No matter where you buy them, boxes will cost you an average of $1.50 per box, and you can expect to need 50 to 65 of them.
  • Not only do you need to move your stuff, but you also need to keep it from getting damaged while in transit. Moving blankets will run you $15-$20 each, while furniture pads cost $10-$15 a dozen.
  • Need to rent a furniture dolly for a few hours? That’ll be $20. How about a hand truck? You’ll be charged between $20 and $40.
  • While you’re not required to buy (or even show proof of) coverage when renting a truck from some companies, if you do want to spend a little extra for a little extra peace of mind, you can expect to pay $25-$55 for standard truck insurance, depending on the size of the truck.
  • While insurance might not be an issue, some companies require a deposit of $100-$150 in order to reserve a truck. Truck rental will typically run you $30, plus 89 cents for each mile. You will also be required to fill the tank up to the same level of gas that it had when you received it. (Standard trucks have 40-gallon tanks, and get about 10 miles per gallon.) And if you don’t bring the truck back on time, you’ll often be subject to a full additional day late charge.

Whew, that’s a lot! Good thing Bellhops offers transparent moving estimates. Whether you’re in a location where we offer full-service moves (absorbing many of the costs listed above), or one where we provide labor-only moving help, you’ll know up front what costs you’ll experience from us.

Happy moving.

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