How Much Does it Cost to Hire Movers?

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Sure, you’ll save money by packing and hauling your own stuff when it’s time to move to a new apartment. But let’s be honest: Moving is hard, time-consuming work, and sometimes it’s worth paying someone else to do the heavy lifting – literally.

If you’ve decided to hire professional movers, they can do some or all of these tasks: Pack your stuff, haul it to the truck, drive it to your new place and unload the truck for you. The only thing you need to worry about is the cost.

It would be nice to tell you one figure that you can expect to pay when you hire movers. But it’s not that simple. The amount you pay depends on a lot of things – how much stuff you have, how far away you’re moving and how much you want the movers to do for you.

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Fan Submitted: 6 Smart Hacks for an Effortless Move

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In May, we shared nine essential apartment moving hacks for an easier move. We encouraged our Twitter followers to retweet their favorite apartment hack for a chance to win prizes during our #MoveInMonday Giveaway. Our followers had so many clever ideas, we decided to share some of their own smart moving tips:

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Moving Insurance: What You Need to Know

Learn how to choose between moving insurance options to protect your stuff when you move!

Learn how to choose between moving insurance options to protect your stuff when you move!

Moving soon?

Whether you choose to hire a professional moving company or handle the dirty work yourself, you’ll need to consider how much you are willing to pay to protect and possibly replace your possessions in the event of damage, loss or theft. So what do you know about moving insurance?

For do-it-yourself movers, buying insurance falls to the individual. But when you hire the services of a moving company, the options become a bit more involved.

We’ll discuss the key ideas you need to know to affordably protect the things you’re moving. Read on to determine the best, umm, move for YOUR move, as it applies to understanding and pricing moving insurance.

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7 Tips for Moving Cross-Country Without Losing Your Sanity

Moving long-distance is going to be stressful -- there's no way around that. But our tips will help the process go a little smoother.

Moving long-distance is going to be stressful — there’s no way around that. But our tips will help the process go a little smoother.

You’d have to be a robot not to get stressed over the prospect of a cross-country move. There are a lot of moving pieces – literally – and too many details to think about without breaking out in a cold sweat.

But if you know a move to an apartment far, far away is the right choice for you, our tips for moving cross-country will help the process go as smoothly as possible. Like any big project, the secret to pulling it off successfully is to break it into smaller, more digestible pieces.

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Downsize Your House to an Apartment

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As the school year comes to a close, families are making tough decisions about their living situation. Financial circumstances change. Happy marriages break up. Some people are finally realizing that living large in a picture perfect McMansion does not always equate to the good life. Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all sunshine and unicorns.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 20 years – just under 65 percent – as renting becomes a more attractive and affordable alternative. The last time it was that low was in 1995.

homeownership rates 2014

Source: Census.gov

It’s clear that an increasing number of people are coming to terms with the fact that downsizing from a house to an apartment is sometimes the smarter – or even the only – option. But it ain’t easy. There will be lots of new things to get used to. How will you deal with such a drastic change?

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9 Apartment Moving Hacks

9 Apartment Moving Hacks

Moving to a new apartment can be an exciting and great new chapter in a person’s life. But moving day itself can also be one of the most stressful days you’ll ever live through. As anyone who’s gone through this process can tell you, little tips to make the whole thing a bit easier are greatly appreciated.

So, with that in mind, we’ve provided you with some of the most useful tips and tricks to use next time you move to a new apartment.

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Don’t Move! 7 Reasons Why Renting Makes Sense

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least for the Apartment Guide team. Renters are making tough decisions about whether to stay put in their current apartment, or move on to a bigger and better abode.

It’s natural to assume that after a few years of renting, you’re automatically ready to take on the title of homeowner. But you might need to slow your roll before you’re in too deep. Are you really ready to own a home? Like, really? Below, we outline a few reasons why you might need to renew that apartment lease.

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How to Not Suck at Driving a Moving Truck

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It’s an important detail to consider as you plan a do-it-yourself apartment move: can I drive the moving truck?

Will mayhem be the result?

For me, personally, I would suspect the latter, and some of you may feel that way, too.

A moving truck – at least a larger-sized one — is likely the largest vehicle the typical driver would have an opportunity to command.

So, in deciding whether to go with a professional move or a self-service one, movers really must determine their comfort level with driving this kind of vehicle.

Consider these questions and tips to help make up your mind.

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#MovingFail: You’ll Want to Avoid These Funny Moving Mistakes!

It's tough to avoid a few moving mistakes. But when you do have a funny mishap, you might want to share it. Along the way, learn from a little moving "wis-dumb."

It’s tough to avoid a few moving mistakes. But when you do have a funny mishap, you might want to share it. Along the way, learn from a little moving “wis-dumb.”

If you’re a smart mover, you’ve read all about the classic mistakes to avoid — like moving during rush hour, not getting a written estimate, or undervaluing your move insurance.

But what about the funny mishaps? You know, the awkward moments that make moving both hilarious and horrifying.

So many things can go wrong during a move. The best medicine for these painful situations is a good belly laugh.

See if you know anyone who has experienced these moving mistakes. (We hope it’s not you!)

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