How to Calculate How Much It Will Cost to Move to a New City
Let's say you have your sights set on a new city and you're ready to pack your bags, get out of dodge, and start a new life in another part of the country. (Or even the world!) Getting out of dodge is expensive , but it's easy to get a ballpark idea of cost.
Online tools like the
City to City moving calculator
can help you break down the cost of
If you're planning a move overseas, try this International Moving Cost calculator instead, which estimates what it will cost you to ship your belongings to another country, whether it's by sea or air.
If you want to get a more customized idea and do the math on your own, here are a few expenses to consider when you're budgeting for a big move:
- Transportation : The actual cost of carriage if you use a UHaul or delivery service.
- Gasoline : Don't forget to factor in the cost of gas to haul your stuff from one city to the next, if applicable. If you're driving yourself, Gas Buddy's Trip Cost Calculator can help you save money by pinning the cheapest stops on your route.
- Packing material: Tape, boxes, popcorn - this stuff adds up, so it deserves its own line item in your budget. (Of course, you can score free moving boxes if you look in the right places, too).
- The "Summer Premium": If you're moving between May and September, prices may be a bit more expensive. The calculator estimates it's 20% more expensive to move around this time of year.
This isn't exactly related to the cost of the move, but if you're breaking your lease or you need to put a down payment on your new apartment in your new city, it's helpful to factor that in as one of your moving expenses, too.
Finally, if you want to explore how much more expensive your day-to-day life will be in your new city, check out a