What is the average cost of moving in Vancouver?
Whether or not you chose to hire the genius businessman who thought of turning moving into business, you will no doubt incur unavoidable costs when relocating. Many of these costs of moving in Vancouver are hidden, and probably not something you’re prepared for. Not only that, trying to get the lowest price for moving services or products can in turn have you paying more in the end (i.e. think lousy boxes that shatter your wedding china and movers who chose to ‘throw’ instead of ‘pass’ furniture).
Here are actual moving costs you’ll be looking at when moving in Vancouver:
The moving truck, and the movers
If you hire unprofessional movers, they will charge based on either distance or hourly — plus hidden costs like stairs, travel and fuel surcharge. There are horror stories of moving companies who offer cheap rates but treat your belongings like trash or, even worse, hijack everything until you pay a ransom to get them back. That being said, go with a reputable company even if it means more money up front: get free estimates and check out their moving company reviews and credentials.
If you get friends to help, you not only have to pay for the rental truck, but you’ll need to consider how to repay the favour, be it as little as pizza on moving day or a thank you gift afterwards.
If you need to move pianos, pool tables, and cars, that require special care or moving equipment, expect extra charges that can go up by the hundreds. However, beware that the advantages of a professional mover handling the $6000 grand piano far exceeds the price for safety and peace of mind.
Your regular homeowner’s insurance may not cover moves, so you’ll have to purchase some — likely from the moving company you’re dealing with. Always discuss the insurance policy with the moving company beforehand so there are no surprises. Take pictures of your belongings, especially the valuables, before the move. Print them and mail them to yourself to prove their former condition. That’s an extra $10 or $20 for photos right there.
This is where the little odds and ends add up. Professional moving boxes can cost around $4 each. When you add furniture moving kits, padding, tape, and bubble wrap you’re looking at a couple hundred dollars. If you don’t have a dolly you’ll need to rent or buy one. Yes, you can improvise by using couch cushions as padding and hunting down apple boxes at the grocery store, but you may not find enough.
Trucks guzzle up a lot of petroleum! The farther your move, the more you can expect your gas costs to be. Not only that, you may be driving your own vehicles at least once, if not back and forth filled with smaller items. Calculate your gas costs based on mileage, then add a few hundred to that number because you are likely under estimating.
Full days of tiresome moving, when pots and pans are in boxes and stoves aren’t installed means you’ll be eating out a lot. Depending on the distance you’re going, take-out dinners could last days. If you’re traveling across the country, factor in accommodation at hotels too. This is definitely going to go over your monthly grocery bill.
All that and we haven’t even gotten to the part where you unpack and settle in! (Always helpful before you move is to check out online packing videos for proper packing techniques.) The above pointers cover the costs of just the move. Of course consider that before you leave your old home you’ll need to clean and make minor repairs. At your new home you’ll find that you may not have the shelf space you had before, or that light bulbs are missing and drapes are non-existent.
Trips to home stores will add to your moving costs, so be sure to factor them in. Truth be told, only you will be able to estimate your cost of moving based on your needs, family size and household items. Use the above points as a guideline to research a reliable figure.
The average cost of moving in Vancouver continues to rise every year along with inflation. Keep in mind, Ferguson Moving & Storage offers Free Flat-Rate Estimates so calling us is your first step to getting your move going smoothly.