Whether they’re moving themselves or hiring help, be sure your clients account for these expenses. The most common DIY moving expenses:

  • Packing materials (You can find packing-materials calculators online)
  • Specialty packing materials (TV boxes, mattress bags, etc.)
  • Equipment rental (dollies, furniture pads, etc.)
  • Truck rental
  • Fuel and mileage costs
  • Child or pet care
  • Extra help for packing or loading

Remind them that the busiest time to rent a truck and other equipment is usually around the first of the month—when apartment leases expire.

The most common moving company expenses:

  • Fees (weight and distance matter most)
  • Additional valuation coverage to protect belongings
  • Packing and unpacking services
  • Furniture assembly/disassembly or appliance hookup/disconnection
  • Temporary storage

The time of year can also affect the cost of using a moving company. Generally October through April is the cheapest time, and weekdays are cheaper than weekends. Even the best budget should have some cushion for surprises.