Moving Cost Break Down

After receiving your moving quote, you are probably wondering why hiring a moving company is so expensive. Even though many ways to save money during a move, moving is costly even without hiring a moving company. We broke down the costs to help you understand why a move can be expensive and what other costs to expect.

1.) Moving Costs of Movers

Whether hiring professionals or asking your friends to help you move, there’s always a cost. Sure, asking Jack from accounting to help you move can save you a lot of money, but what if Jack doesn’t know what he’s doing? You risk damage to your property and ultimately costing yourself the difference in hiring professionals. Like National Van Lines, a credible moving company will help you get from point A to B with the least possible problems. Additionally, you have a one-stop shop to work when you hire a reputable moving company, and you don’t need to juggle different services just for one move.

2.) Moving Costs of Storage

Do you need to store items? In any event that you need to store items, you will need to rent out a unit. If you need to store any specialty items, you might need to consider climate control options. You can always go to your local storage facility and rent a unit. If you’re working with a moving company, ask for a storage quote. Many reputable companies have state-of-the-art storage facilities that you can use for an additional cost. You might also get a deal if you package your services.

3.) Moving Costs of Temporary Lodging

If you’re traveling a long distance, driving through the night isn’t a great option. Don’t risk falling asleep on the road and have a place to rest.

Also, there is a chance your house might not be ready on time.

Temporary lodging will also add to the cost of your move. Unless you have friends or relatives willing to take you in, factor in the price of a hotel or other temporary housing as you calculate your moving budget.

4.) Housing Start-Up Costs

If you are buying a house, the most apparent initial cost is the down payment. After securing your place, there will be additional costs to consider, such as your mortgage insurance. Do you know your initial costs for moving to a new home? Do you have enough for a security deposit and the first month’s rent if you are renting? Don’t forget to register your utilities. Moving into a house without running water or electricity is a hassle.

5.) Food and Miscellaneous Items

Don’t forget to eat! Budget out a cost for meals on the road or pack food. Additionally, you will need to replenish your new kitchen. Although you already have a weekly or monthly budget for groceries, you are starting fresh. Do you need to purchase condiments, cleaning supplies, or other items your family uses in the kitchen?

6.) Making Your New House a Home

Did you purchase your furniture to match your old house’s theme? You’re going to want to buy new furniture or décor if your new home has a new look different from your old one. If you hire professionals, they will hold themselves accountable for any damaged items. However, if an item breaks under your hands, you’re going to have to replace it yourself. Anything can happen during a move, especially if you don’t have the right equipment.

7.) Security

Last but not least, get a locksmith and change your keys. Only give access to people you know. You never know who has a set of keys to get into your house!


Moving is expensive. Hopefully, this guide gives you realistic expectations on what you need to spend on moving. Keep in mind how this will offset your daily budget. No matter why or where you move, consider all costs, so you have no surprises. Contact us today and see if we can fit your budget. Because we are an agent of National Van Lines, you can expect that we give you an affordable rate for a fantastic moving experience in California.