What Is The Cost To Move In Austin?

Austin Move Cost

When it comes to saving money on a move, comparing all the options is the best way to keep costs low.

You basically have 3 options when moving locally in Austin.

Hire a moving company (most expensive but least work)

Rent a moving truck (most affordable but a lot of work)

Rent a portable moving container (good if you need storage)

Below we lay out the cost for each of these local moving options.

Oh, and if you’re coming from outside the greater Austin area, read our Moving to Austin guide and use the long distance move calculator to estimate costs.

Average cost to hire a moving company in Austin

Hiring a full-service moving company is definitely the most convenient option, but you should really look at the costs closely before deciding whether or not it’s worth it.

So let’s examine exactly how much the average Austin moving company is going to charge.

Home Size # of Movers Base Cost (2hrs) Cost/Hour # Hours Avg. Total
Studio 2 movers $240 $60/hr 3 hours $300
1 Bedroom 2 movers $240 $60/hr 4 hours $360
2 Bedroom 3 movers $300 $77/hr 6 hours $607
3 Bedroom 4 movers $375 $98/hr 7 hours $867
4 Bedroom 4 movers $375 $98/hr 9 hours $1063
5 Bedroom+ 5 movers $469 $126/hr 12 hours $1727

Remember, these are just averages meant to give you a general idea. Where you’re moving and what you’re bringing there will definitely impact the cost.

Dragging something massive up multiple flights of stairs will increase your costs.

You should also know places like high-rises and managed apartments will often require a copy of your mover’s insurence.

You’ll want to deal with this well in advance to avoid any needless stalling while your movers fumble for their insurance cards.

If you don’t want to hire a moving company because of the price tag, maybe look into getting a bit more hands-on.

Average cost to rent a moving truck in Austin

You’ll definitely have to break a sweat, but moving truck rentals will absolutely be easier on your wallet.

Here’s how the costs break down

  • Base Cost: $19 – $55 per day
  • Mileage Fee: $0.65 – $0.99 per mile
  • Fuel Cost: Dependent on driving distance.
  • Truck Coverage: $20 – $55 based on coverage level
  • Parking Permit (if necessary): $25 per day
  • Equipment Costs (optional): Dolly, straps, blankets

Moving a standard one-bedroom apartment’s stuff within a 15-mile radius should end up costing somewhere around $35 – $65 for truck rental.

For a larger place with around five bedrooms, you’ll end up paying around $160 – $180 to rent a moving truck

Where to Rent a Truck in Austin

Average cost to rent a moving container in Austin

Yeah, these puppies are basically storage sheds on wheels.

moving pods

The containers are delivered, you load everything into them, the company picks it up, and it gets put in storage until you’re ready for everything to be delivered to your new place.

Naturally, the advantage here is storage. These things will buy you time if you end up with a weird gap between leases.

Here’s roughly what it’s gonna cost

  • Storage Fee: $65 – $275 per 30 days
  • Initial Delivery: $70 – $95
  • Final Delivery Fee: $70 – $95
  • Damage Coverage: $10 – $350 based on coverage level
  • Parking Permit (if necessary): $25 per day
  • Door Lock (if necessary): $10 – $15
  • Equipment Costs (if necessary: Dolly, straps, blankets (optional)

So, storing everything in a one-bedroom will end up costing somewhere around $230 door to door. Still, you might want to factor in a little extra in case you end up paying for labor.

Each large container holds about 3 rooms until it’s completely full. You might end up needing more containers, but keep in mind that your cost will essentially double with each container you add.

Where to rent a moving container in Austin

If you want more info, head over to our moving containers page.