One of the most expensive states to live in the U.S. is New York. Especially expensive if you are living in New York City. Nashville has a lot to offer just like New York but has a significantly lower cost of living.
Whether you are just thinking about a long distance move from NYC to Nashville or ready to pull the trigger. The differences in cost are going to be one of the biggest factors. The first step you need to take is figuring out what moving option is best for you and your budget.
Renting a truck, packing, and driving across the country or hiring a professional moving company. In this article we will outline the cost associated with each option and their benefits and negatives of each.
What’s The Best Option: DIY Or Moving Company
First we want to clarify that everyone has different needs when they are moving, making every move different from the next. A newly graduate that is moving out of a studio for a job is going to be much different than a 5 person family moving out of their four-bedroom home.
The needs of different people in different situations means the solution is not that simple. There is actually a simple option and that is to hire a professional moving company.
If you are a DIY type of consumer you might not like that idea, but you might find the differences compelling. There is no question renting a truck, packing, and moving your belongings yourself is going to be less expensive. The most interesting part is you might not save as much money as you think.
Cost Of A Truck Rental From NYC To Nashville
The drive to Nashville isn’t down the street; the rental is not going to be $100 to $250. That being the average you’re going to spend for a local move. For a long distance move be prepared to spend around $1,300 to $2,500.
Renting a truck you also need to think about other costs like gas. The most mileage you are going to get out of a box truck is 15 mile per gallon. That is also with nothing in the back, so lets say anywhere between 6-12 miles per gallon. Multiple fill ups and with gas prices at an all time high, gas money will quickly add up.
Then when you factor in things like dolly rentals and insurance the cost keeps growing and growing.
Cost That Don’t Involve Money
A DIY move may cost you more than just money, it is going to cost you a lot of time. From packing up your belongings, loading them in the truck, driving cross country, unloading, returning the truck, and finally getting back to unpack and organize. This is a process that people always underestimate the time it actually takes.
You also need to think of the logistics of the move and the stress that comes with it. Need to fill up? You can’t go to just any gas station because you are driving a box truck the size of a school bus. Worried about your belongings breaking? Understanding how to arrange all your stuff is critical. What do you do when there is a problem with the truck and you need a mechanic? Where are you going to park this thing? You don’t want to be carrying a dresser 5 blocks.
These are just a few questions to ask yourself before starting this process.
Physical stress also plays a huge part in any move. A DIY move is going to be tough and will put a lot of stress on your body. Unless you are as big as Arnold Shwartzenager you are probably going to be sore for the next couple of days. The same goes for if you think you and a buddy can hoist a pool table down 5 flights of stairs without throwing your back out.
DIY Or Moving Company Conclusion
The Most cost effective way is always going to be moving yourself. That is a fact. You just want to consider if the savings are substantial enough to outway the negatives. If your move is from the Bronx to Manhattan and you have very minimal belongings, sure moving yourself is a great choice. In this case, moving from NYC to Nashville you might want to consider hiring a professional moving company.
Hiring a professional moving company is hands down the more expensive option. If you don’t want to deal with the stress that will ultimately come from this move. If you value your time and relieving yourself from the logistical nightmare of moving, hiring a professional long distance moving company is probably the best option for you.