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.