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Moving Labor: Friend or Pro?


by: Woodrow Aames
01 Dec 2010

Whether you hire professional movers to pack and drive, use a "we pack, they drive" option, or call up friends, co-workers, and relatives to help move you with a rented truck, your labor costs will vary widely. Here's a list of items a medium-sized family household might move and the relative costs of using a moving company versus rounding up volunteers to help moving and carrying boxes.

Itemized Moving List

Living Room

  • Bookcase (1)
  • Bookshelves/Sections (2)
  • Cabinets, Curio/Utility (2)
  • CD Racks (3)
  • Chairs--Straight (2)
  • Chair--Arm (2)
  • Chairs--Rocker (2)
  • Cedar Chest (1)
  • Entertainment Ctr (1)
  • Ottoman--Small (1)
  • Lamps--Floor (3)
  • Lamps--Pole (1)
  • Computer Desk--Lg. (1)
  • Computer--Desktop (1)
  • Sofa--3 Cushions (1)
  • Stereo Speakers (4)
  • Stereo Console (1)
  • Tables--Drop/Occasional (1)
  • Tables--Coffee (1)
  • TV--40'' to 60'' (1)
  • TV--Portable (1)

BEDROOM

  • Beds--Queen (1)
  • Bedroom Chest (1)
  • Dresser Vanity (1)
  • Floor Lamps (1)
  • Night Tables (1)
  • Rug--9x12 (1)
  • Wardrobe boxes--Small (5)
  • Wardrobe boxes--Large (5)

KITCHEN

  • Breakfast Suite, Chairs (4)
  • Breakfast Table (1)
  • Highchair (1)
  • Ironing Board (1)
  • Kitchen Cabinet--Portable (1)
  • Microwave Oven (1)
  • Utility Cabinet (1)

DINING ROOM

  • Dining Table (1)
  • Dining Chairs (4)
  • Rug 9x12 (1)

KIDS BEDROOM

  • Twin Bed (1)
  • Chest (1)
  • Chair/Child's (1)
  • Child's Table (1)
  • Toy Chest (1)
  • Rug, Large or Pad (1)

PORCH-OUTDOOR ITEMS

  • BBQ Grill--Large (1)
  • Aluminum Chairs (4)
  • Picnic Table (1)
  • Picnic Benches (4)
  • Patio Umbrella (1)

APPLIANCES

  • Dishwasher--mobile (1)
  • Washing Machine (1)
  • Dryer (1)
  • Range--36'' wide (1)
  • Refrigerator (1)
  • Window AC Units (2)

ADDITIONAL BOXES

  • Boxes-Small (6)
  • Medium (10)
  • Large (6)
  • Extra Large (4)
  • Dish Boxes (6)
  • Wardrobe Boxes (6)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Bicycles (2)
  • Copier Small/Fax (1)
  • Office Desk (1)
  • Filing Cabinets--4-door (2)
  • Sewing Machine w/Cabinet (1
  • Tool Chest--Large (1)

Total weight to move: 11,536 pounds

Moving Labor Costs

  • Estimated cost for moving labor by moving company for 500-1,000 miles: $4,543--$6,147, plus $270 insurance.
  • Estimated cost for moving on a budget by hiring four friends for 8 hours of carrying boxes at $20 an hour, plus $100 for beer and pizza: $260. Quite a difference in moving labor costs!

Sources:
Smart Calculators: How Much Will My Move Cost? • http://www.relocation.comhttp://www.relocation.com/library/moving_calculator.html