Cost to Hire Movers for a One Bedroom Apartment?

If there is one thing that is equally exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time, it is probably the moving process. Whether you’re about to be looking at local moving or even long-distance moving, the process can be lengthy, costly, and anxiety-inducing.

Cost to Hire Movers for a One Bedroom Apartment?

One of the biggest questions you will ask yourself when you even think about moving is what it will cost. You might think that moving from a one-bedroom apartment might not be that bad because the space is small, but still consider hiring professionals. 

There are many factors that will affect the cost like distance, special services, apartment size, and your chosen moving company.

Here are some costs to consider when moving.

1. Costs To Move A One-Bedroom Apartment

The cost is between $400 and $3,000, with $1,850 being the average. While you may be shocked at the price, remember that it depends on many factors.

This guide will show how much professional movers will cost for a one-bedroom apartment. 

2. Distance

The distance of the move depending on local or long distance can drastically affect the cost of the move. 


Moving companies consider anything under 100 miles to be a local move, and you can expect to pay $400 to $1,600 on average.

However, this price can be a little higher depending on the apartment's accessibility and whether you need professional packing. Expect to pay an additional $200 to $400 for packing services. 

Long Distance

The cost of a long distance move is between $700 and $3,000. This price can increase due to mileage, insurance, and if you need packing professionals. Expect to pay around $1,000 extra for packing.

3. Access

Access is your apartment’s accessibility. Due to different aspects of accessibility, you might have additional fees added on.

For example, extra fees can be for long hallways, taking the stairs if the building doesn’t have an elevator, using a high-rise elevator if you live in a high-rise apartment, or getting a parking permit since some busy cities require one.

4. Labor

Movers cost between $25 and $50 per mover per hour. Moving a one-bedroom apartment can take between three and five hours, so you can expect to spend $200 to $400 on labor.

Some moving companies also have a three-hour, $300 minimum for their movers. Labor is a charge for local moves, but weight and mileage are also add-ons for long-distance moves.

5. Weight

The weight of the moving truck is actually another factor in the moving cost. On average, the range is from $700 to $3,700.

Usually, the average weight for a one-bedroom apartment is about 1,800 and 3,500 pounds. Remember that the more items you have, the higher the bill.

6. Prep

The prep also includes movers packing your belongings into cardboard boxes. For this, the amount is $500 to $1,500. If you want to buy packing supplies yourself to save some money, those items will cost around $150.

For movers to pack your belongings into cartons, expect to pay $500 to $1,500. If you choose to buy packing supplies yourself, these items will cost around $150.

7. Location

Location plays a huge part in the moving cost. Remember, the farther the distance, the more the cost increases. Here is the breakdown of the potential cost.

Choose Item

Average Cost:$700 - $2,500

Average Cost:$1,000 - $3,000

Average Cost:$1,4000 - $3,500

Average Cost:$2,000 - $4,000

Average Cost:$3,700 - $4,200

8. Season

You may not think the seasons factor the costs, but it does. Peak moving season is from April to September, with the weekends being the most busy.

If you are moving during this time, you are more likely to have higher costs. To save money, try to move during the off-season.

9. Additional Costs

You may want to consider getting moving insurance to protect your items. Full-value protection is the most recommended type of moving insurance because it consists of 1% of the total value of your belongings and offers repair, replacement, or money to replace lost and damaged items.

Another option is released value protection, a standard insurance most moving companies offer, and its cost-fee. Under this insurance, 60 cents per pound per item is covered by the moving company for any lost of damaged items.

For more options, you can purchase third-party insurance through your homeowners' insurance or a private lender. Some people find more value in doing this.

DIY or Hiring The Pros

If you are doing it yourself (DIY), you have to handle every single detail yourself, from buying packing supplies to getting moving equipment, paying tolls and gas, and gathering the manpower to actually move your belongings. On top of that, you may have to cover hotels and food for long-distance moves. 

Here is how you can save money or lower the cost of hiring professionals.

  • Get rid of some of your belongings by selling or donating.
  • Check out local store deals or online neighborhood markets for cardboard boxes and packing supplies.
  • Packing your belongings prior, so the movers don’t have to, will save you $200 to $1,000.
  • Get a few quotes from different movers, so you can get the most bang for your buck.
  • Take apart and put back together furniture yourself to save costs.

Planning on moving? Hiring the perfect moving company will save you time and energy. Also, be at peace knowing all your items are cared for by moving professionals with the proper equipment. 

iMoving is the best solution for an effortless move, whether you are moving locally or long distance. We will get the job done through trustworthy moving companies in our network.

iMoving puts all of the best local professional movers in your hands. Just go to our website, tell us what you are looking for, and let us do all the work for you.

Emily Johnson

With a passion for simplifying the complexities of moving, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the iMoving blog. As a moving expert and seasoned writer, she offers practical advice, tips, and industry secrets to make moving as stress-free as possible. Having worked in the moving industry for over 12 years, Emily understands the challenges and nuances of relocating. She specializes in crafting informative and engaging content that resonates with those embarking on both local and long-distance moves. Whether you're a first-time mover or a seasoned nomad, Emily's articles are your go-to resource for all things moving. From packing strategies to choosing the right moving services, she covers a broad spectrum of topics, ensuring readers are well-equipped for their next move.

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