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In this article, we’ll go over the price of a move, and what makes a move expensive, inexpensive, or somewhere in between. We’ll even walk you through some money-saving tips that will save you big on your big day.

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How Much Do Movers Cost?

The cost of hiring a full-service moving company typically ranges from $550 - $15000.
Your final price depends on distance, size, and other factors like season, services, and accessibility.

The Average Price of Full Service Movers

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Studio -1 Bedroom:$550 – $870

2-3 Bedrooms:$670 – $1900

4-5 Bedrooms:$1400 – $3200

5-6 Bedrooms:$1400 – $3200

Studio -1 Bedroom:$1000 - $1500

2-3 Bedrooms:$1250 - $1700

4-5 Bedrooms:$2000 - $3400

5-6 Bedrooms:$2000 - $3400

Studio -1 Bedroom:$1200 - $2000

2-3 Bedrooms:$1500 - $3500

4-5 Bedrooms:$2500 - $5200

5-6 Bedrooms:$2500 - $5200

Studio -1 Bedroom:$1400 - $2900

2-3 Bedrooms:$2100 - $6900

4-5 Bedrooms:$5500 – $7900

5-6 Bedrooms:$5500 – $7900

Studio -1 Bedroom:$1800 - $3700

2-3 Bedrooms:$3900 - $7500

4-5 Bedrooms:$7500 – $8500

5-6 Bedrooms:$7500 – $8500

Studio -1 Bedroom:$1900 - $3700

2-3 Bedrooms:$3900 - $7500

4-5 Bedrooms:$8500 - $11000

5-6 Bedrooms:$8500 - $11000

Studio -1 Bedroom:$2200 - $4500

2-3 Bedrooms:$4600 - $9500

4-5 Bedrooms:$9500 - $14500

5-6 Bedrooms:$9500 - $14500

How Much Do Local Movers Cost?

Hiring a Local moving company typically costs between $278 and $8000.
If your relocation is within 100 miles and the same state, you’ll pay per hour, per mover.

The Price of Local Moving

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No. of Movers:2 movers

# Hours:2 – 4 hours

Ave Cost / Hr:$80/hr

Average Price:$80/hr

No. of Movers:2 movers

# Hours:3 – 6 hours

Ave Cost / Hr:$80/hr

Average Price:$80/hr

No. of Movers:3 movers

# Hours:4 – 8 hours

Ave Cost / Hr:$125/hr

Average Price:$125/hr

No. of Movers:4 movers

# Hours:6 – 12 hours

Ave Cost / Hr:$165/hr

Average Price:$165/hr

No. of Movers:4 movers

# Hours:8 – 14 hours

Ave Cost / Hr:$165/hr

Average Price:$165/hr

No. of Movers:5 movers

# Hours:10 – 16 hours

Ave Cost / Hr:$200/hr

Average Price:$200/hr

What Should I Pay for a Long Distance Move?

Long distance moving usually costs between $400 and $15200.
If you’re going over 100 miles or crossing state lines, your price is determined by weight and distance.

The Price of Long Distance Moving

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1 Bedroom:$400 – $2300

2-3 Bedrooms:$750 – $4150

4-5 Bedrooms:$1500 – $4900

1 Bedroom:$700 – $2800

2-3 Bedrooms:$1100 – $4950

4-5 Bedrooms:$2300 – $7800

1 Bedroom:$1200 – $3800

2-3 Bedrooms:$1700 – $8700

4-5 Bedrooms:$3400 – $15200

Factors Affecting Moving Costs

We’ve seen moves that cost a couple hundred bucks, and we’ve seen moves that cost $8000 and up. It all comes down to a few important factors.

Moving demand varies depending on the time of year. If you want to save big, plan your move far from summer, holidays, and pretty much any other time school’s out.

If your movers have to navigate stairs, elevators, and long driveways, it’ll cost you extra. Talk to your movers beforehand so they know what to expect.

The more you have to move, the more you’ll have to pay. We recommend downsizing before booking so you can save as much as possible.

More miles means more money. You’ll have to pay per hour for your local movers, and you’ll have to pay per mile for a long distance move.

Fragile antiques, china, and other valuable items all require a special touch. Movers will charge extra for white glove service, but it’s worth it for the extra TLC.

Insurance covers broken, damaged or lost items. It also covers injuries that can occur during the move. While these events are rare, it’s good to have full protection.

Many cities won’t let you park a big moving truck on the street. Your movers will have to use a smaller truck or van to transport your items to or from a staging area.

Most leases start at the beginning of the month, and finish at the end of each month. Mid-month moving avoids high demand and saves more money.

How to Save Money During Your Move

Moving can be pricey, and balancing a budget can be stressful. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save your money and save your sanity:

The best way to move a bunch of stuff is to make sure you don’t have much stuff to begin with. Donate or sell off your unneeded items before you book.

Full service movers can handle packing, loading, hauling, and unloading for you - but it comes at a price. DIY your packing if you’re really strapped for cash.

If you want to be extra budget-conscious, you can do the entire move yourself. This means renting a truck, packing up your stuff, and driving it yourself.

Fortunately, iMoving keeps all these additional fees transparent so you can adjust your plans and your budget accordingly.

If you’re flexible on the exact date of your move, you may be able to save big. Certain dates are always more expensive for moving. Avoid holidays and the summer.

Use iMoving to compare quotes and book online. We provide live pricing information, and you can easily compare moving quotes without committing to a mover.

Moving FAQ

Local movers will cost anywhere between $80 and $100 per hour and up. When you’re moving less than 100 miles and within the same state, expect to pay an hourly fee multiplied by the number of movers - typically one or two per room. Don’t forget the tip! Two movers with a truck might charge $90 to $120 per hour.

Moving truck rentals vary in price, generally between $150 and over $8,500. The overall cost depends on the size of the truck and the distance you’ll be traveling.

You’ll also need to consider whether you want to pay for insurance, and whether you’ll have to return the truck with a full tank of gas.

Renting a moving container will cost you between $450 and $1,900+. Moving containers allow you to pack at your own pace before calling the company to haul your container to your new location.

They’re a great middle ground between a complete DIY job and using full service movers, and the convenience is priceless.

Long distance movers will cost anywhere from $1,200 to $15,200 and up. Any move over 100 miles or across state lines will require a long distance mover.

Instead of an hourly fee, they’ll charge you by the weight of your goods, and the distance they’ll have to drive.

If you want to rent a moving container with PODS, you should know whether you’re moving local or long distance ahead of time.

You can book with PODS online for a local move, but a long distance move will require you to actually give them a phone call in order to plan everything out.

You should also get a solid idea of how much space you’ll need: A bigger POD comes with a bigger price tag.

Yes and no. In some cases, it can be really cost effective to handle a move all by yourself. But, you need to remember that you’ll be paying for a truck rental, gas, food, lodging, and any specialized moving equipment you might need for heavier items.

Another overlooked expense is lost wages. If you’re busy moving, you’re not clocked in at work - and that can be money down the drain.

Using PODS or moving containers gives you a degree of flexibility when you’re planning your move.

The container company will drop off your rental, you can pack it at your own pace, and when it’s ready the company can pick it up for delivery or storage.

Moving with PODS is great if you’re unsure of how long a move will take, and moving with full service movers is great if you have a set schedule.

Moving estimates have varying degrees of accuracy, depending on how much information you provide your mover, and how much your mover communicates additional fees.

We made it easy to get an accurate estimate without making a single call. iMoving allows you to select your own items and services so you know exactly how much your move will cost.

When you get a quote from a moving company, you’re getting a ballpark idea of how much your move will cost.

We recommend getting a moving quote from at least three different companies so you can math out the average price you can expect to pay for your move. Compare different quotes and book online with iMoving’s search feature.