The True Cost of DIY Moving - Is It Really Worth It?

July 9, 2014

The True Cost of DIY Moving - Is It Really Worth It?

If you’ve got an upcoming move in the near future, you’ve undoubtedly though about doing it yourself. Sure, you understand that it’s much a more labor-intensive, stress-laden process, but the reality is that those $19.95 teaser rates seem just too good to pass up.

But when it comes to moving, should money be your only motivating factor? Have you also thought about the time and stress involved? What if something goes wrong, such as a flat tire or engine failure? What if you accidentally damage the truck or one of the items in it? Clearly, there are a wide variety of factors you should keep in mind when making the decision.

As such, with moving season in full swing, we thought it would be helpful to provide a quick comparison between moving yourself and choosing a professional moving company like Movable. While this isn’t necessarily meant to be all encompassing, we do cover some important facts that you should keep in mind.

Self-Moving Facts & Figures

Remember those teaser rates that we just talked about? Well, they’re called “teasers” because they’re really just intended to get you in the door, and by no means represent the total you’ll end up paying. In other words, you may have recently seen a U-Haul box truck driving down the road, with the price $19.95 in big bold letters. “Wow,” you think to yourself. “I had no idea I could move my entire home for just 20 bucks!”

However, what you may not understand is this price simply acts as your base fee, upon which other costs such as gas, mileage, insurance, and more, are added. In other words, it’s simply meant to grab your attention and to get you to contact the company for a quote.

We logged on to the U-Haul website and ran a quote to rent a 26’ truck (about the same size as what you’ll receive through Movable) for a total of 10 hours. We found out that in addition to gas, which can add up very quickly in a truck of this size, you’ll pay $0.99 for every mile you drive, in addition to $14 for basic insurance, or $28 for Premium protection. Next, you’ll pay anywhere from $7-$10 per dolly—an absolute must for an easy move—as well as $10 per 12 moving blankets.

With all this information in mind, and assuming you currently live 10 miles from the rental location, and the home you’ll be moving to is another 10 miles from there (if you’re moving anywhere in the Seattle are, you know this can cover a much greater distance), here are your costs:

  • Truck Rental: $39.95
  • 40 Miles on Truck: $39.60
  • ½ Tank of Gas (28 Gallons @ $3.70 per gallon): $103.60
  • 2 Utility Dollies: $14
  • One Appliance Dolly: $10
  • One Furniture Dolly: $7
  • Five-Dozen Blankets: $50

This brings your total self-moving cost to about $265, which is similar to the cost you can expect with a professional moving company such as Movable. So other than money, why else should you choose Movable?

Choosing Movable as Your Moving Provider

Not only does Movable provide you with a great deal of value for your hard-earned money, but unlike self-moving companies, we let your know all the associated costs upfront. This way you can make an informed decision about the solution that best suits your needs. In addition, remember that if something goes wrong with your rented moving van, you’ll be on your own and out of luck. Movable, on the other hand, is with you every step of the way.

Keep in mind that your no-pressure Movable estimate includes insurance, all necessary moving supplies, as well as 2-3 professional moving personnel. But perhaps best of all is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that all your beloved belongings are in good hands, and that we’ve got your satisfaction in mind with everything we do.

Need to Know More About Moving?

Whether you’re interested in moving to or from Bellevue, or your question relates to price or one of our many other professional moving solutions, call Movable today at (206) 466-7710!

Moving.org has a handy moving cost calculator that you can use to gain a better idea of what your total moving expense will be.