Here are the hidden costs in your actual move out of your home/apartment/townhouse/condo that you NEED to budget for:
Hiring Movers-ok so once the moving company is picked and paid for. Hiring packers and movers can get pricey. To save money, there were times in the past when we would hire movers just for big pieces of furniture and we would drive boxes and bags back and forth ourself to save money.
Hiring a moving company can cost anywhere upward of $4,000. Usually there is storage involved which will costs hundreds per day. This is hard to quote an exact number based on moving company, distance, item inventory, and storage length.
Tips for movers and packers-first let me explain what each of these positions do. The packers will come before the movers and physically pack your things up in boxes and fill it with paper for cushioning. Then they will tape, label, and mark boxes with company stickers for inventory. The boxes remain in your home.
The movers come after the packers are done and inventory the boxes on papers and electronically. Then, they haul all boxes and furniture to the truck.
Sometimes the packers come early and begin packing and the movers will come a bit later and begin to load the truck. This move, the packers came one day and the movers came the next day. Depending on how many people come, you will have to tip them. So the first day, we had two packers-I gave them $30 cash each for a grand total of $60 that day. The next day, we had three movers-I gave each $20 cash, there was a head mover, so I gave him $25 cash (a little extra). This was another grand total of $65. So after both days, my out of pocket grand total for tips was $125.
Lunch for movers and packers-these moving company workers really work hard lifting and hauling your whole life around all day. So it is hard to not want to pay for their lunch. For the day the packers came, I bought a pizza for $19 plus tip for the delivery person $4. So that was a total of $23. The next day, the movers wanted specific sandwiches. These sandwiches added up to about $48 plus tip for the delivery person $8 and then the delivery fee of about $5. This added up to $61. In total, for both days, I spent $84
Total amount of money out of MY pocket paid-$209
Pro-tip-on my last move from Baltimore to Providence,I paid the moving company up to $600 cash/check out of my pocket to pick up some things at my parents’ house in NJ along the way to add to our moving truck. This is great if you want big, heavy furniture you can’t fit in a car to end up at your new place. If you are in a similar position, a lot of movers are will to pick up some money to put in their pocket (off the record) and help you out. Just be sure to negotiate your price with them (since there is no set price for this) based on what they are picking up and the distance they are driving. This will save you money and time in the long-run because otherwise my husband and I would have had to rent a Uhaul and taken off of work to drive to my parents and back. There would have been gas money involved at both ends. And we would have had to also hire a local guy to physically carry the items on and off the truck at both ends of the move.