"The moving process itself is emotionally draining, because when you move out of one place, you leave behind memories," the 29-year-old Madonna told MainStreet. "I've moved myself. I've moved across state lines. A man with a van has assisted me, my father and friends have helped me, but this time around I hired a moving company."
In August, the communications specialist paid a moving company a flat rate of $500 to move her bedroom belongings from Manhattan to Hoboken, where her boyfriend was waiting in their new apartment.
"It is an expense that was worth it, because as you age, you accumulate more and more stuff," Madonna said. "I don't have just a bathroom basket and a trunk of clothes anymore. I have an overwhelming amount of stuff that's not going to fit into the back of my car or a U-haul."
Madonna 's experience is typical of the average American that moves an estimated 12 times in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
"The most frequent movers are typically in their 20s and 30s. Graduating from college, moving to a new city for work, moving to a better, bigger home as they advance in their careers, getting into a serious relationship, getting married and having a baby are all events that inspire a relocation, said Sharone Ben-Harosh, founder of FlatRate Moving. "In urban areas, you may see even far more movement as rental markets can dictate the ebb and flow of many renters."
Although moving yourself appears easy to do in theory, hard costs like fuel, labor, tolls, materials and manpower make up financial costs that young movers expect.