Moving From New York to Stamford: Movers, Costs, and Benefits

iMoving is here to help you escape from New York. In this article, we’ll walk you through our top New York to Stamford movers, and fill you in on what you can expect from your new hometown.

New York is a big city, and there’s only so much big city living you can handle before it starts driving you up the walls. Tons of people are moving out of New York in search of cheaper living, less chaos, and some fresh air.

Depending on traffic, it’s about an hour and a half from New York City to Stamford. It’s not a long haul, but it does cross a state line - and you’ll have to deal with all the ins and outs of New York moving, while you’re at it. Fortunately, iMoving can make this process easier than ever.

iMoving is a safe and secure online platform for shopping, comparing prices, and booking your state to state movers - entirely online, with no house calls or phone calls required. We’re a one-stop shop for all things moving, and we’ve got plenty of options for the New York to Stamford route.

Still on the fence about getting out of town? Read on to learn more about what you can expect on moving day.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire Movers from New York to Stamford?

Your New York to Stamford movers will cost you anywhere from $4,421 to $2,880. We’ve seen the odd move or two that was a little cheaper or more expensive, but this window covers most of ‘em.

The final price of a long distance move depends on how far you’re traveling, and how much stuff your movers need to transport. And before you ask, yes, New York and Stamford are only about 40 miles apart, but it still counts as a long distance move since you’ll be crossing state lines.

Luckily, you don’t have to worry too much about distance. It’ll be a lot cheaper to move to Stamford than say, Miami or Los Angeles. And if you have a lot of items, you can always downsize to reduce the price even more. Just keep in mind that a smaller amount of stuff doesn’t always mean a smaller amount of time…

3 Best Movers from New York to Stamford

Now that you know how much your move is going to cost and how long you’ll have to wait, it’s time to think about what movers are best for your needs. Every move is different, but our top three New York to Stamford movers should cover all the bases:

1. Lift NYC

2. Maxi Moving

3. Samba Moving


Lift NYC

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  • Professional Team
  • Customized Services
  • Transparent Pricing

Ever since they started off, Lift NYC has been growing to become one of the most reliable moving companies in New York City.

They’re partnered with local staging companies to make urban moving even easier, and their in-house staff is always there to keep you in the loop. They’ve expanded quite a bit since their humble beginnings as three guys and a truck.

Lift NYC is a great choice for the New York to Stamford route, and we highly recommend them. Not only do they know their way around New York moving, they’re experienced hands at big city moving in general.

Sure, Stamford is way smaller than NYC, but it just means your moving team can handle your relocation with extra ease.


  • Extra care when packing
  • Partnered with staging companies for easier urban moves
  • Professional in-house staff
  • Secure storage
  • Box delivery if needed


  • May have to plan far in advance for long distance moves

Maxi Moving

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  • Licensed Professionals
  • In-Home Estimates
  • Transparent Pricing

Maxi Moving offers an impressive menu of extras and add-ons. This means you get a completely custom move, tailored for your exact needs on moving day.

As another New York-based moving company, Maxi Moving really knows their way around the city, and they’ll bring all the tools required for those awkward and hard-to-move items.

Whether you’ve got tons of stuff or just a few difficult pieces of furniture, Maxi Moving has you covered. We’re big fans of how attentive they are (24-hour support!) and we’re always impressed at how many different options they provide for that custom-tailored moving experience.


  • High ratings
  • 24-hour support
  • Special equipment for complicated items
  • Great customer service
  • Broad range of options


  • Extra services come at an extra price

Samba Moving

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  • Customizable Options
  • Experienced Teams
  • Affordable Prices

Sometimes, you just need to move as soon as possible. But if you’re desperate, who says you should settle for subpar? Samba Moving is one of those rare gems that provides affordable last-minute moves without sacrificing on quality.

You’ll get everything you need without breaking the bank - especially compared to others who offer last-minute moving.

We like Samba Moving for a few obvious reasons: They’re affordable, they’re available on short notice, and they can ship and haul your stuff even if you don’t have too much stuff to begin with. For New Yorkers living in closet-sized apartments, they may be the best choice.


  • Last-minute moving
  • Low-weight/low-volume moving
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Secure storage
  • White-glove service


  • Prices peak during summer months

How Long Does Moving Take?

A long distance move between New York and Stamford usually takes between 1 and 21 days. If a moving company travels over state lines, they can only clock 400 miles on interstate travel per day. Sure, your movers won’t be traveling across country to get to Stamford, but there’s another reason your move will take more time.

Let’s talk deadheading. (There’s no Jerry Garcia involved.)

Deadheading is when a transport company has to haul an empty trailer back from a destination. It’s inefficient, costly, and bad for business.

To avoid deadheading, carriers will do two things: wait until they’ve got another haul that’ll fill up their truck; or bundle several smaller moves together in the same trailer.

Bundling moves is great for efficiency, but not so great if you’re in a hurry. If you’re only moving a studio apartment, you may have to wait more time for pickups and dropoffs along the way.

What Factors Affect the Cost of a New York to Stamford Move?

Your move will cost you from $4,421 to $2,880, but that’s a pretty sizeable window. Here’s what goes into the final price of your New York to Stamford move:

1. Distance

When long distance movers calculate the price of a move, the distance is one of the most important factors. Fortunately, it’s like a 40 mile drive from New York to Stamford, but it’ll still make up the lion’s share of your final quote.

2. Weight/Volume

Aside from the distance, the physical size of your move also makes a big impact on your final price. Depending on who you’re working with, your movers will either assign a weight (in pounds) or a volume (in cubic feet) value to all your stuff. More pounds/cubic feet means a more expensive move, so downsize if you can.

3. Access Fees

New York moving can be challenging - not just because of those narrow streets, but because so many buildings have multiple flights of stairs, elevators, and long hallways.

These are all extra obstacles for your movers to deal with, so expect an additional fee for the trouble. 

4. Packing Services

Once your movers make it to your place, will they have to do the packing, or did you DIY it ahead of time? While doing it yourself can save you a lot of money, it’s also a really time-consuming process.

If you value your time and your sanity, paying for packing is a worthwhile expense - and it may be the only way to secure full-value insurance coverage.

5. Furniture Disassembly/Reassembly

Short of using a crane to get it out, some furniture just won’t go easy. Fortunately, your movers can disassemble those bulky pieces and pack them all up with care. They’ll put everything back together at your new place, too. It costs a bit extra, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

6. Insurance

It’s rare, but accidents do happen. Long distance movers are federally-required to offer a bare-minimum amount of insurance coverage, but it’s only good for $0.60 per pound of items lost, damaged, or destroyed. If you want more than $2.40 for that broken computer monitor, you’ll have to pay for full-value coverage - and you may have to pay for packing services, too.

7. Time of Year

Take our advice, and avoid a summer move if at all possible. June through August have historically been the most popular months for moving, so they’re also the most expensive. Try to schedule a mid-week, mid-month move, far away from major holidays or vacation times.

8. Gratuity

Tips are always appreciated in the moving industry. Unless your carrier explicitly declines gratuities, you should budget out 15% - 20% of the total cost of your move, to be divided up between your whole moving team. Don’t forget the driver!

Why Do People Move from New York to Stamford? (Cost of Living,etc..)

There’s plenty of reason to move out of New York. But why move to Stamford? You may have your own ideas about getting out of town, but here are some of the more common reasons people are making Stamford their new home:

  • Price: New York City is New York City. Stamford is Stamford. Since New York is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, we’ll let you guess which option is cheaper.
  • Safety: “Gangs of New York” sure sounds a lot scarier than “Gangs of Connecticut”. What are they gonna do, try to white collar crime you to death? Lmaooooo
  • Peace and Quiet: Since you’re coming from New York City, literally everything is going to be quieter and more peaceful. Connecticut has plenty of greenery - more than you’ve ever seen before in Central Park.
  • Culture: Your average Stamfordian(?) Stamfordite(?) will probably welcome you to the neighborhood and introduce you to the folks a field party. Your average New Yorker will probably push you in front of the 1 train for looking at him wrong.
  • Still Close: Want to get away from New York, but still want to go back so you can complain about how awful the city’s getting? You’re in luck. Stamford is only an hour or two from NYC, depending on how traffic treats you.

Things to Do in Stamford

We’re gonna be totally up front here: New York is hard to beat if you’re looking for some action. People don’t move from New York to Stamford because they want more nightlife and big city living. Fortunately, you won’t be totally bored in your new digs, either:

  • Downtown Stamford: It’s not Manhattan, but you didn’t move to Stamford to get more of New York, anyways. Downtown Stamford has plenty of restaurants, bars, stores, and more. It’s enough to keep you occupied, albeit with friendlier locals and a relaxed pace.
  • Cove Island Park: When the weather’s nice, you can check out Cove Island Park for fresh air and fun activities. The park is covers about 83 acres, with plenty of real estate for cycling, picnics, and more.
  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center: You are not in the big city anymore. The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is a museum complex that covers art, history, and agricultural science. It even includes a working farm. It’s a totally different world.
  • The Palace Theater: Stamford’s go-to event center for concerts, plays, and more. You may have plenty of experience with Broadway, but if you’re craving some live entertainment, the Palace Theater will be in your own backyard.
  • Bartlett Arboretum: More greenery! More peace and quiet! More trees, plants, and trails to take you far away from the city! In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, Stamford is the place to be if you’re tired of the urban grind. The Arboretum is your antidote.

New York to Stamford FAQ

According to Zillow, the median home price in Stamford is about $646,000. On the other hand, Zillow says the median home price in NYC is around $746,000 - but that’s gotta be a typo.

Even if they were right about that one, it’s still $100,000 more expensive, and what do you get? A closet in Queensbridge.

The cheapest way to move long distance is always to DIY, but after you rent your truck, pay for gas, and shell out for food (and lodging, if you need it), those savings will dry up pretty quick - especially if you’re missing work to deal with your move. Sure, a DIY move is cheaper on paper, but sometimes it’s just more efficient to pay for the pros.

We recommend booking at least 2 or 3 months in advance. There’s a ton of moving companies in New York, but there’s a ton of people trying to get out, too.

The longer you wait, the more expensive it’s going to be. Plus all that extra time means you won’t feel too much pressure when you’re transferring your utilities, transferring your address, or just plain procrastinating.

15% - 20% is a good tip amount. Like most other industries, tipflation has been hitting pretty hard, and like most other industries, your movers may accept - and expect - a tip. 15% - 20% of the total cost of your move, divided between all the members of your moving team.

You should never pay your movers full price beforehand. It’s actually a pretty common sign of a scam. On the other hand, down payments are pretty standard.

They’re usually just a couple hundred bucks, or a few percent of your final price. But if your movers are asking you to pay full price? It’s probably time to look elsewhere for a moving company.

Moving from New York to Stamford? Tell us more and let’s get packing!

We’ve walked you through the best movers for the job, and we’ve introduced you to some of the sights to see in Stamford. Now, all you have to do is tell us a bit more about your move, and we’ll connect you with New York’s finest moving companies.

iMoving makes it easier than ever to shop, compare prices, and book your New York to Stamford movers. Share some of your moving details, and we’ll get you on the road!

Harrison Gough

Harrison has been writing for real estate and moving companies for the past three years, but his knowledge isn't just from behind a desk. Having moved over a dozen times himself, sometimes with professional help and sometimes on his own, he's learned firsthand what makes moving smooth and what makes it stressful. When he's not writing, he's looking into ways to make his next move simpler.

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