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3 Things to Consider When Moving Locally

Moving is something that millions of people do each year. In fact, around 40 million Americans move per year. While many of these moves are to completely new cities or states, a lot of people move locally within the same area. While a move that's only a few miles away may seem simple, it can be more work than many people realize. Here are three things that should be considered when moving locally.


Careful packing is essential when it comes to having as hassle free of a move as possible. While it may be tempting to slack off when it comes to packing for a short move, doing so can have some consequences. Even with a short move, items that have not been packed properly can be broken. Packing may also take more time than expected. When moving from one location to another, it's important to have enough time to pack and to factor in the cost of packing supplies. The cost of packing supplies varies depending on how many items there are but supplies for a one bedroom apartment will usually run between $69 and $90 while supplies for a four bedroom house usually cost between $311 and $404.

Local Movers

For short distances, many people try to do the move themselves. While this can work well in some situations, often it's a good idea to take advantage of local moving companies. Even just using local moving services for a few hours can make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to move from one home to another. A studio apartment can cost as little as $100 to $200 to move using local movers a large home over 5,000 square feet will run between $1,200 and $1,800.

The New Space

When moving to a new space, it's important to consider a few different things. It may cost more to move items into a residence that is on a higher floor in a tall building, or one that involves moving items up a lot of stairs. Some apartment buildings also charge fees and may require new residents to reserve the elevator during certain parts of the day. All of these things must be considered and discussed with the moving company. Often these issues can lead to a higher moving bill if they are not addressed beforehand.

Moving can be a big undertaking, even when it's just across town. When moving locally, it's important to reserve enough time for packing and to consider the cost of packing materials. Hiring a local moving company can make a move smoother and faster. It's also important to consider the new space and whether or not it will be easy for movers to access.