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Why it's getting more expensive to move

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Jul 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 11:21:19-04

NORFOLK, Va. - These days the cost of living is so expensive that a growing number of people can't afford to live in their homes.

As mortgages and rents increase, the hunt is on for somewhere cheaper. However, once you find a new place to settle down, you need to figure out the moving process.

According to a new study by Hire A Helper, this year, 2022, is the most expensive year in history to move.

They found nationwide that moving costs are 9% higher than they were in 2021. In Virginia, the costs are 15% higher and in North Carolina, the costs are 11% higher.

As to why, experts point to demand, inflation, supply chain issues and fuel prices.

Knowing this, it's important to ask yourself a few questions before starting the moving process:

  • How far are you moving?
  • How many things are you taking with you? Does that include large, bulky furniture?
  • How much help are you going to need?

For example, the company said moving "on-site only" can cost a minimum of $350 whereas "loading and unloading" was close to $600. Hire A Helper said that August is also the most expensive month to move so those prices can fluctuate.

If you need to hire a moving company, experts said it's important to ask the right questions:

  • What are the reviews? Have others been satisfied with the service?
  • Do they charge by weight, time, distance, or another measure?
  • Do they offer liability coverage?
  • Is the price a static price or is it subject to change?

Considering cost is based on city and services, click here for a moving cost calculator.

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