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Calculating Actual Do-It-Yourself Costs

The American Moving and Storage Association has provided the following information regarding actual costs incurred when moving without a professional moving company. For more information, please log onto

If you are considering moving yourself, especially moving interstate, you should ask a lot of questions and compute the actual costs of self-moving.

Before you sign an agreement with a truck rental company, here are some costs to keep in mind:

  1. Truck rental charge - Include total days for packing, loading, driving and unloading.
  2. Rental Deposit.
  3. Trailer Package or Automobile hitch.
  4. Wear and tear if you drive your personal vehicle - average $0.45 per mile.
  5. Insurance - daily insurance rate.
  6. Furniture pads.
  7. Appliance dollies.
  8. Value of your time and other family members involved in the packing, loading, driving, unloading and unpacking.
  9. Cost of boxes, cartons, tape and other packing materials plus trash and land fill fees for getting rid of the debris after your move is finished.
  10. Loading and unloading service.
  11. Additional mileage.
  12. Fuel charge - $3.00 per gallon / 10 miles per gallon.
  13. Appliance service cost.
  14. Warehouse / storage rental cost.
  15. Additional truck rental to deliver from the storage warehouse.
  16. Additional costs - food, child care, back brace, hotels, tolls.