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Old 07-08-2010, 06:13 AM
 
Location: East Pittsburgh suburb
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Default How much does it cost to move?

Does anyone know how much it roughly costs to have professional movers for a relocation 400 miles away? This would be for a 4 bedroom house with basement - perhaps 15K pounds worth of stuff?
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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Does anyone know how much it roughly costs to have professional movers for a relocation 400 miles away? This would be for a 4 bedroom house with basement - perhaps 15K pounds worth of stuff?

We just went through this and according to my husbands paperwork they say about $1500 per room, we are alloted $15,000 to pack, load, ship and deliver our household and we came in at 15,060 lbs. Of course we moved 2000 miles but maybe this can give you the rough estimate that you wanted.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: East Pittsburgh suburb
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Yikes, that is quite a bit. I would think it'd be alot less for 400 miles.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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Yikes, that is quite a bit. I would think it'd be alot less for 400 miles.
found a moving calculator online and based on 500 miles and 15000 lbs it shows between $5525-$7475
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Also keep in mind that when hiring a mover, it isn't usually a great idea to go with the lowest bidder.

The last time I moved, I checked out about 10 moving co's, and they ranged all the way from a "dude with a truck" who stopped replying to my calls when I asked if he was insured...to the super-pricey movers that people hire when a corporation is paying for the move.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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I know how much because it just happened to pop up on my last paycheck stub in the "Earnings" column and I had to call HR to find out why.

Now my move was a corp. relo from SoCal, so I don't know if that is high or low but to move our little 3-bedroom 1200sq.ft. condo AND (2) cars all in 1 truck it was $12,870 to Sterling, VA.

Hope this helps.

See... I gave back!
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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You could also save quite a bit by packing everything yourself... They won't replace anything that you packed if it breaks, but at least you have an idea where you packed everything. It's like Xmas morning opening the boxes from our move.... oh look, our silverware is in the same box as the baby's clothes!
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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We are doing this yesterday and today. Packing is $125 an hour plus boxes. Turns out we didn't use as many boxes as they thought we would and it only took them 4 hours to pack it all up. (Husband and I did a lot of prep work ahead of time...throwing out stuff we didn't want, organizing, etc.) Ended up saving $700 in just the packing. (Don't know how much they had quoted on the packing...maybe $1500)

Loading today. Moving about 200 miles away in state. With storage and moving it will cost us about $7500 I believe. We have a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath with finished basement. We are coming in around 10,000-13,000 pounds.

When we moved from Syraucse to PA we paid about $13K total.

Good luck!
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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You could also save quite a bit by packing everything yourself... They won't replace anything that you packed if it breaks, but at least you have an idea where you packed everything. It's like Xmas morning opening the boxes from our move.... oh look, our silverware is in the same box as the baby's clothes!
Not our movers.

JK movers from I guess this area. Never really heard of them until I relo'd here and now I see their trucks everywhere.

They were great. Not 1 item missing. Not a scratch on anything. Those guys wrapped every freakin item we have. They wrapped wicker baskets for cryin out loud. Wicker! What the heck's gonna happen to wicker?
All the boxes were labeled and made sense. The driver called me periodically on his trip across the country to update me on his ETA.

No complaints at all.

Maybe that's why it was $12K+.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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You could also save quite a bit by packing everything yourself... They won't replace anything that you packed if it breaks, but at least you have an idea where you packed everything. It's like Xmas morning opening the boxes from our move.... oh look, our silverware is in the same box as the baby's clothes!
Ditto here. We moved from Overland Park, KS to the area almost three years ago. We had a national company move us. The total was around $4K but we packed everything ourselves.
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