When you live in a large house, it is easy to accumulate copious amounts of furniture, books and knick-knacks to fill the space. But when the time comes to pack everything and move it to a new location, everything you have collected over the years contributes to the moving weight, and therefore your moving costs.
Estimated Moving Weight
Many different companies offer weight charts on their websites, and the charts often provide similar information. BoxQuest, Cross Country Moving and Storage, and ABS Movers all agree that the weight range of a four-bedroom house is 7,000 to 10,000 pounds. However, a chart on the Moving Max Mover Directory site asserts that the moving weight of a four-bedroom house containing the belongings of two adults and two children will be 11,200 pounds. Corrigan Moving Systems gives a weight range of 10,000 to12,000 pounds.
There is one major reason why moving companies can not agree on a specific weight for a four-bedroom house. Every house has a different square footage, and the more square feet of space you have, the more furniture and belongings you are likely to own. An average four-bedroom house can range from 1,200 square feet to 4,000 square feet in size.
Why Moving Weight Matters
According to the MoveSource moving cost calculator, moving 2000 pounds to a city 200 miles away costs $1,283. However, moving 10,000 pounds the same distance costs $4,036. Reducing your moving weight by selling or donating large items could mean huge savings.