Written by Neo Moving on Jan 27, 2022
Are you looking to move house soon?
Whether it’s a local more or long distance, any move is an exciting next step in your life. And as much excitement as it brings there’s double the amount of worry and stress.
That’s why hiring movers can be a huge help and take one weight off your mind. But moving isn’t cheap, if you’ve not used movers before you might not know how much you need to budget.
That’s where we come in! Keep reading for our guide on moving companies price average today.
For local moving, the average cost to move is around $40 per hour for each mover you need. But, this can be higher depending on your location around the country. Here are some figures to consider:
National Average: $95/hour
Lower-end range: $125/hour
Higher-end range: $190-$245/hour
These figures assume you need at least 2 movers as part of your professional moving services. In general, the smaller your move is the less you’re likely to pay out for professional movers.
Now let’s break it down further and look at some average costs based on house/apartment size. This is only for the moving part and doesn’t factor in professional packing services.
You’ll need 2 professional movers for 3-5 hours, at an average of $160/hour. You’re looking at $495-$800 for the entire job.
You’ll need 3 movers and the job likely will take 5-7 hours. You’re looking at around $1,150-$1,610 to get it done.
Your job is getting bigger so you could need 4 movers working for 7-10 hours on average. This works out for the job at $1,610 – $2,300.
Once your home hits 5,000 square feet or more costs will see a sharp rise. It’s not uncommon to see estimates between $3,000-$5,000, even higher in some cases.
If you’ve got the time (and the will) to pack yourself, you won’t have to pay for that service. If you do need packing services, you’re looking at an extra charge on top of this as it extends the length of the job.
Make sure you’re shopping around for quotes, and get local movers to give you a full breakdown. This should include any extra services and charges. You need to understand what you’re paying for so you get the service you need and don’t pay for services you don’t want.
Depending on how complex your move is, you may need extra services. As we’ve stated, those services often come with extra costs. Things that can make the price of your move higher are:
You should discuss the details of your move with any moving company you consider who will help make your moving day go as smooth as possible. They will then be able to tell you what extra costs will likely apply, and how much they will be. Always ask for your quotes to come with a full, written breakdown.
It’s also a good idea to have some cash on the day of the move. If you’re happy with the work your movers do, it goes a long way to give them a well-deserved tip. While this isn’t mandatory, it will always go down well with each crew member helping you on your big day.
Now you know what averages to expect for local moves, let’s focus on moves that take you across the country. First, you need to understand how companies calculate the price of long-distance moves.
It’s a whole different calculation. For example, with a top-rated long-distance mover, you shouldn’t see any hourly charges. Instead, the final quote has taken 3 big factors into consideration:
Moving companies look at each of these and use this to form a final quote for the whole move. We’ll look at the role these play in more detail below.
The longer you need to travel from your old to your new home, the higher the quote will be. This is something that you can’t control, you’re moving long-distance for a reason and the miles are what they are. To make savings, focus on the next two factors.
As you can imagine, the more items you want to bring with you, the more your shipment will weigh. The more your shipment weighs, the more money you need to spend on your moving cost.
This is a factor you can control though, and there are ways to save hundreds of dollars here. Use your long-distance move as an excuse to declutter your home and pair down what you own.
Throw out what’s broken and give away/sell what you no longer need. If you can reduce your items to what you actually need, you can see a significant drop in shipment weight (and price).
Reputable long-distance movers will give you a quote covering the basic move service. They’ll also include other requested services like professional packers and professional unpackers.
The cost for professional packers and unpackers varies depending on the company. So, always ask for a full breakdown of their services and what you’ll be paying for. If you need furniture disassembled and reassembled, etc. this will all cost extra too.
To this end, you should expect charges for any extra services that you ask for on the day last minute. Challenges, where extra services could become necessary to do the job, may happen too.
Think about the practicalities of your move and what you can handle yourself. Be realistic about the services you need, and save money on the services you can do with your family. For example, you might not get out of extra charges for moving the piano, but you could pack boxes yourself.
Now we understand that cubic feet, mileage, and weight go into the price of long-distance moves. When you have longer to travel, movers become more essential. A reputable long-distance mover can get your items across the state/country safe and in one piece. But what will it actually cost you?
Remember, every move is unique and we can only give you a rough average of what you could expect. This guide is to give you a general idea of what sort of numbers you’re looking at when you’re moving home.
We can’t state exact numbers because all quotes are on a case-by-case, individual basis. Even if your neighbor moves to the same city and at the same time as you from a similar home you will pay different prices. This is because:
With that said, let’s look at the average costs of what you could expect to pay by distance.
50-250 miles: $1,000 – $3000
251 – 500 miles: $3,000 – $5,000
501 – 1,000 miles: $5,000 – $8,000
1,001-2,000 miles: $8,000 – $15,000
2,001 – 3,000 miles: $10,000 – $30000
For example, let’s say you’re moving 1,000 miles away to a new city. We can now look at the averages for this based on the type of home to give you a little more detail.
In general, the items that can fit in a studio apartment will weigh between 1,800-2,000 pounds. If your items fit in this weight bracket, based on the example distance above, you’re looking at a base price of $1,500. This doesn’t include any extra services like packing that you may want/need.
Again, in general, you’d expect the items in a 1-bed apartment to weigh around 2,500-3,500 pounds. This would put you in a price bracket of between $1,800-$2,500 for a 1000 mile move, excluding extras.
Items in a 2-bed house usually fall between 5,000-6,000 pounds in total. For our example 1,000 mile move, you’re looking at no less than $3,500-$4,200 excluding extra services you could need.
In instances when you’re moving very local, doing it yourself can make financial sense. Usually, this is a move that stays in your state and is no more than 100 miles in distance.
For short-distance moves, this is actually the most popular way to do it. But, before you consider this as a viable option, there are some things to consider first.
The reality is you’ll do all or most of the work yourself. When you factor in the small costs, you won’t be making the huge savings you may be picturing in your mind. Here are some costs to consider.
The average cost for renting a moving truck could be as low as $20 a day if you need a small one. If you need a large truck, you’re looking more towards $100 a day.
Rental companies base the price on the distance you’ll travel and how many days you want the truck for. It’s worth looking into local rental companies as well as the big names like U-Haul and Ryder. In some cases, they can offer cheaper, better deals.
There are some extra fees you should be aware of. Typical extra charges include if you go over the mileage stated there may be fees. If you return the truck in a dirty state, you may face charges for cleaning it. Same with any knicks and scratches that might occur.
Always ask the rental company representative to go through extra charges. You should ask for a breakdown of these items so you know what you’re facing.
While you should always shop around and get a few different quotes, you’re looking at a cost of around $150 for this. Make sure you get each company you speak with to go through what their policy covers. Never sign up and drive off without knowing the terms you agreed to and what you’re getting.
Fuel costs are not included in the price you’re renting it for, you need to cover it out of your pocket. Most moving trucks will consume between 7-10 miles per gallon, depending on their size.
You can always ask your rental company to confirm the mileage per gallon before you agree to rent a truck. Also, remember that you need to return the truck with the amount of fuel in the tank it had before you left the lot. Otherwise, you may face a fine.
If you’re brave enough to do a long-distance move yourself, you’ll likely need to stay in a hotel. For a 1,500 mile move, you’re looking at least at a 1-night stay along the journey. Depending on where you stop, prices will vary but you should expect to pay at least $100 a night.
After the truck and fuel expenses, this is the 3rd most expensive cost you face for a DIY move. If you’re moving long-distance you might need local help loading and unloading at each end.
What will this cost you? The average price for professional packers (minus the truck) is between $100 per hour. This is for the labor only of 2 employees. In most cases, there will also be a travel fee to pay for the travel time.
So, there you have it! Now you’ve read our average price guide, you have a better idea of what to expect from hiring movers.
Moving companies price average is only that, an average. It’s impossible to give exact prices because of how different each move actually is. For that, you will need to contact movers with your move details for them to give you an accurate estimate.