Moving Tips & Tools

We understand there are many moving parts when relocating your life. That’s why Atlas® offers helpful tips and tools to ensure every step of your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Moving on a budget begins with an accurate moving estimate.

You plan to relocate, but before you do, you need a moving estimate. You have come to the right place! As experienced household movers, Atlas can help you estimate moving expenses so you know exactly what to expect.

How much will moving cost me?

An accurate moving estimate depends on several things. What are the size and weight of items you need to move? How far are you moving them? Do you need help to ensure their safe packing and loading for transport? How much valuation coverage do you need? Atlas will help you determine the answers to accurately estimate moving expenses and reduce moving cost.

What Factors Affect Moving Expenses?

One of the most significant factors that can impact your move is the cost. There are several factors that affect moving expenses, and it is important to keep them in mind when looking for budget accuracy. 

First and foremost, the distance of the move is a crucial factor that affects the cost of your move. Longer distances generally mean higher moving expenses, including fuel costs, labor costs, and travel expenses. 

Another significant factor that affects moving expenses is the amount and weight of your belongings. Large items will require more labor and resources to move, which will increase your overall moving expenses. 

Additionally, the time of year and the day of the week you choose to move can also affect the cost. Moving between March and September or during weekends tends to be more expensive than moving during other months of the year or weekdays. 

Lastly, other factors, such as insurance, packing services, and storage can also impact your moving expenses. It is essential to consider all these factors when planning your move to ensure that you can budget appropriately and avoid any surprises.

Are There Any Additional Expenses Associated with Hiring a Professional Moving Company?

In addition to the primary moving expenses like transportation, labor, and packing materials, there are several additional moving expenses that you may encounter. These can include:

  • Insurance
  • Storage fees
  • Furniture disassembly/reassembly
  • Specialty item handling (ex. pianos or artwork)
  • Extended milage fees
  • Appliance disassembly/reassembly

What Do Personal Moving Expenses Entail?

If you are planning cross-country moving or long-distance moving, you may also need to consider personal expenses, such as: 

  • Travel 
  • Temporary housing
  • New driver’s license
  • Perishable items replacement

It is essential to plan for these additional expenses to avoid any unexpected costs and ensure a smooth and stress-free move.

Is There a Best Time of Year to Move?

The best time of year to move depends on your specific needs and circumstances. Generally, moving during the off-peak season, which is typically from September to March, can result in lower costs and less competition for moving services.

However, if you have school-aged children, it may be better to move during the summer months when they are out of school. Additionally, if you are moving for work-related reasons, you may need to move during a specific time of year.

Ultimately, the best time of year to move will depend on your unique situation, and you may want to consider factors such as weather, cost, and personal needs when planning your move.

Atlas Right-Priced Choices for Moving

With Atlas, you will find options to fit most any budget. You may choose a traditional move with van and skilled Atlas people for packing, loading, unpacking and unloading. Or, Atlas can provide the materials and you can do the packing yourself with our packing tips. Another great option is SimpliCity™, a containerized shipping solution allowing customers to find their best fit when planning a move. The choice is yours. Get your free moving quote.

How Can I Save Money on Moving?

Moving can be an expensive process, but there are several ways to reduce costs, such as:

  • Declutter: Moving provides an excellent opportunity to declutter and get rid of items you no longer need. The less you must move, the lower your moving costs will be. 
  • Move during the off-peak season: Moving between September and March can result in lower costs due to professional moving companies having more capacity to provide services. 
  • Choose a containerized move: If you have a small load, consider a containerized move where your belongings are packed in a portable container and loaded on a truck that may contain other customers’ items. 
  • Be flexible with your move date: Moving companies may offer discounts for flexible move dates. 

By following these tips, you can save money on your move and have a better understanding of the moving expenses.

What is the Average Cost of Moving?

The average cost of moving varies depending on several factors, such as the distance of the move, the amount of belongings, and additional services required.

The average cost of a local move (less than 75 miles) is around $3,000, while a long-distance move (over 500 miles) can cost around $6,550. Additional services like packing, storage, and insurance can also increase the cost.

Be sure to read reviews and check your moving company's credentials to ensure they are reputable and reliable. Ultimately, the cost of moving will depend on your unique circumstances, but by understanding the factors that affect the cost, you can budget and plan accordingly.

DIY Vs. Professional Movers: What is the Difference?

A DIY move is when an individual moves themselves or with the help of family members without hiring any professional moving companies. DIY moves can offer lower moving costs and the ability to move any time of day or night. But professional movers offer a variety of benefits compared to a DIY move.

Hiring a professional moving company can reduce the stress and physical strain associated with moving, ensuring that your belongings arrive safely and securely at your new home.

Professional movers are trained and experienced in handling all types of items, from delicate and fragile items to bulky and heavy furniture. They have the necessary equipment and packing materials to ensure your belongings are protected during transport, reducing the risk of damage or loss.

Professional movers also offer more efficient and organized services compared to a DIY move. They can create a customized plan tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that the move is completed on time and within budget. This can save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on other important aspects of the move.

Moreover, professional movers are insured, which means you are protected in case of damage or loss of your belongings during the move. They also offer additional services such as packing and storage, which can save you time and hassle.

While a DIY move may seem cheaper initially, hidden costs like equipment rentals, packing materials, and potential damages can add up quickly.

By hiring a professional moving company, you can have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are in good hands, and the move will be completed safely and efficiently.

Start the process with your Free Instant Moving Estimate.

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