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Old 12-06-2009, 07:33 PM
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We're planning on moving to a city in a neighboring state about 250 miles away. We have a typical 3br/2ba house and I'm trying to get rough idea of how much a full-service move would cost. I've looked at some moving company websites but most of them will not give you estimate online, instead they want your phone number so they can call you with it. Right now I'm not interesting in talking to a salesperson and just want a general idea of how much it would be. I'm thinking $3-4,000 for a full-service move including packing and everything? Does this sound about right or is it too high or too low?
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:39 PM
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In most places, state regulations bind a mover to their quote in some way, so they want to be sure they are giving you an accurate quote. That is why they won't do it over the phone and any internet quote you do receive is likely full of disclaimers that it is not intended to be an estimate for your move.

Bite the bullet and pick up the phone.

Packing will add to the costs substantially.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:14 PM
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Depends on what you have to move. There is no estimate since everyone has different stuff and cost depends on What they are moving not just household. No quote is valid or means anything until someone actuall sees what you have or you speak to someone to describe the goods. They also have to consider where you are located, easy of entry, degree of difficulty at both locations, etc. You will hear horror story after horry story of people getting online, over the phone, or guestimate quotes and it's double or triple because the actual goods being moved was not what the quote was based on. get someone into the house to see and give you a quote. Since all you want is agenreal idea, pick a reputable company and get the quote, your not locking yourself into using them. Don't cut yourself short with a 'never seen the household items' quesstimate because it really tells you nothing.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:10 PM
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Agreed with other posters.. I moved from Nevada to colorado - minimal amount of stuf... literally.. It cost me $1500 and I packed myself. (a couch, kitchen table, mattress, computer desk, and a rocking chair, a couple lamps - then the dishes and clothing) they charge on a per pound basis, some do per miles, storage if needed, and then the packing is another charge.

Most companies can come out and do a qoute in your house... they estimate it based on "common" weight of items... then they weigh the truck,, come pick your stuff up and go weigh again (you will get the before and after weigh in totals).

the company I used also would charge a $75 fee for any moving over 75 feet, plus fees for stairs, etc...

3-4k maybe just for the moving... tack on another 1-2k for packing. (they use their boxes - which ADDS UP)
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:48 AM
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Seeing as how it recently cost us about $1400 to move 50 miles (out of a 3 bedroom house) and we packed ourselves, I'd guess your estimate is low. And we moved about 1/4 of the boxes ourselves before moving day.

And as everyone else says, they can't tell you until they see how much stuff you have. It's based on weight, plus extra charges for an out-of-state move, plus all the extra fees they decide to charge.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:52 AM
Location: Charlton, MA
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We moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina. That's 900 some miles.

We had a 2400 sq. ft house w/ a 1 car garage storage shed, a regular 2 car garage, 4 bedrooms, & a basement. (attic was empty)

We got rid of a LOT of stuff before we moved.

It cost us $10K including packing. We used Grabel.

When you're ready to get serious call. Have someone come to your house. Make sure you get a "not to exceed" estimate.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:35 AM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There are a couple of online calculators which provide rough estimates based on size of home (pounds of stuff) and distance. Most require you to leave you email but I found one that was anonymous. Just work google.

http://tools.gmsrelo.com/ToolsFas/Tool_MovingQuoteCity.asp (broken link)
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:18 AM
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Interstate movers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation. In January, 2008, the DOT's Surface Transportation Board removed the collective rate making ability of most interstate household goods carriers so now each carrier is required to assess their charges based on their own unique tariff.

Your cost estimates will be based on what goes and what doesn’t, which accessorial services you want the moving company to provide and what you plan to do yourself, when you plan to schedule your pick up and delivery, and certain access/egress restrictions.

It's generally more expensive to move during warmer months. Summer is considered the peak moving season.

Under FMCSA regulations, interstate carriers can provided either a binding (fixed price) estimate or one based on the actual weight and services requested by the customer.

Try to obtain at least three in-home visits with qualified LOCAL moving professionals. Avoid phone estimates or moving quotes arranged from a list of items and services that you’re asked to prepare and submit to a company online. Although convenient, these types of do-it-yourself estimates are full of potential problems.

Since you’re moving interstate, take time to review Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move, a publication each household goods carrier and move broker is required to provide their customers. You’ll find more useful information at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Protect Your Move website.

Check out How to arrange a cost estimate when moving for some professional tips on what to do to find the best value and avoid being ripped off.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:43 AM
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It cost us $3500 and that was with a full house of furniture and boxes. We didn`t have them pack us. We packed ourselves.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:27 AM
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A year and a half a go we moved from Northern Va to Houston Texas. Total cost including packing for a 3 bedroom house was around $6,800.00. That was with a national mover. Just as a reminder...check on any mover you are thinking about using. There are a lot of scammers out there. Dead give away is when they ask for a "upfront deposit". Go to the website Moving: How to avoid Moving Company Scams to get information on different movers around the country and whether people have had good or bad experiences with them.

Good Luck!
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