How Much Do Santa Barbara Movers Cost?

Quick answer: The typical cost for hiring movers in Santa Barbara, CA is $100 per hour with a total move cost ranging from $471 to $3,403, on average. If you’re moving out of California, the cost of hiring long-distance movers in Santa Barbara really depends on where you’re moving.

Use our moving cost calculator below for a quick and personalized price estimate for your move out of Santa Barbara, CA.

Average cost to hire a local moving company in Santa Barbara

Hiring a full-service Santa Barbara mover is definitely the most convenient option, but that convenience comes at a cost — professional movers tend to be more expensive than other moving options. If you want movers to do all the heavy lifting for you and you can afford it, hire a full-service moving company for your Santa Barbara move. If you want to save money, you can do some of the work yourself — by hiring a container company or renting a moving truck where you do the packing and loading and they transport your belongings in Santa Barbara for you.

Here’s how much it costs to move with different types of movers:

Destination Professional Movers Containers Rental Trucks
Des Moines, IA $3,962 - $8,528 $2,346 - $5,090 $1,407 - $2,946
Columbus, OH $4,649 - $9,606 $2,855 - $5,800 $1,867 - $3,817
Wilmington, DE $5,013 - $9,966 $3,241 - $6,509 $2,058 - $4,564

And here's how much professional movers cost in Santa Barbara based on your move size:

Home size Avg. total cost Cost/hour # of movers # hours
Studio $471 $140 2 movers 3 hours
1 bedroom $611 $140 2 movers 4 hours
2 bedroom $919 $196 3 movers 5 hours
3 bedroom $1,975 $274 4 movers 8 hours
4 bedroom $2,249 $274 4 movers 9 hours
5+ bedroom $3,403 $384 5 movers 10 hours
  • Studio: The average cost to hire movers in Santa Barbara to move a studio apartment is $471. You'll need two movers for three hours at $140 per hour.
  • One bedroom: If you have a one-bedroom apartment or home, expect to pay around $611 for local Santa Barbara movers. You'll need two movers for four hours at $140 per hour.
  • Two bedrooms: The average cost to hire Santa Barbara movers to move a two-bedroom home is $919. You'll need three movers for five hours at $196 per hour.
  • Three bedrooms: For a three-bedroom home, expect to pay $1,975 for local Santa Barbara movers. A three-bedroom typically requires four movers for eight hours at $274 per hour.
  • Four bedrooms: Moving a four-bedroom house in Santa Barbara will cost $2,249, on average. The cost to move a larger home can vary, but typically requires four movers for nine hours at $274 per hour.
  • Five or more bedrooms: The cost of hiring Santa Barbara movers for a home with five or more bedrooms is $3,403. You'll need five movers for ten hours at $384 per hour.

It's worth noting the cost per hour for Santa Barbara movers remains the same for all home sizes, ranging from $140 per hour for two movers to $384 per hour for five movers. As the size of your home increases, the number of movers and hours required for the move also increases, resulting in a higher overall cost.

Overall, hiring local Santa Barbara movers is a convenient and stress-free way to move within the city. By knowing the approximate cost for your home size, you can budget accordingly and make informed decisions for your upcoming move.

Best moving companies in Santa Barbara, CA

Our team of analysts has spent thousands of hours cross-referencing license data, insurance data, online reviews, and hundreds of other data points to find you the best local moving companies in Santa Barbara.

Company Quote Rating Contact
Meathead Movers Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
4.96 overall rating
2905 Unicorn Rd, Bakersfield, CA, 93308
(661) 335-6191
Air 1 Moving & Storage Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
4.8 overall rating
9556 Cozycroft Ave, Chatsworth, CA, 91311
(866) 485-1030

Visit our best movers in Santa Barbara page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews. And if you’re moving outside of Santa Barbara, consider one of Santa Barbara’s top long-distance movers.

Consider these elements for a stress-free move

  • Have important documentation: Places like high-rises and managed apartments will often require a copy of your mover's insurance and elevator reservation on moving day.
  • Get approval: Check ahead with any neighborhood, community, or HOA rules on moving to ensure a smooth move.
  • Secure a parking permit (if needed): The Residential Permit Parking Program manages parking in mixed-use areas by restricting non-resident vehicles to encourage turnover. Residents in designated areas may be eligible for parking permits exempting them from these restrictions.
  • Check state licensing laws: When contacting a local moving company for an estimate in California, make sure each has a “T Number” issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CAPUC). Moving companies with valid T Numbers have met state requirements for insurance, safety, and financial stability and have passed criminal clearance checks conducted by the California Department of Justice.
  • Invest in moving insurance: Opt for Released Value Protection – a cost-free choice provided by movers with minimal coverage. The liability is capped at 60 cents per pound per article. For instance, if a 50-inch TV weighing 25 pounds is lost or damaged, your reimbursement is only $15 (60 cents x 25 pounds). To ensure comprehensive coverage for your items' full value, consult with your chosen moving company or consider third-party insurance options.

Work with your movers to ensure all these items are taken care of before moving day.

Average cost to rent a moving truck in Santa Barbara

You'll definitely have to break a sweat, but moving truck rentals in Santa Barbara will absolutely be easier on your wallet. The average cost to rent a moving truck in Santa Barbara ranges from $19-$39 per day. While cheaper than full-service moving companies, you’ll have to do all the heavy lifting yourself — from boxing up your belongings to loading them on the truck, hauling them to your new spot, and unloading everything there.

Here are the typical costs of Santa Barbara rental trucks:

  • Base cost: $19–$39 per day
  • Mileage fee: $0.79–$1.09 per mile
  • Fuel cost: Dependent on driving distance.
  • Truck coverage: $20–$55 based on coverage level
  • Parking permit (if necessary): The Residential Permit Parking Program manages parking in mixed-use areas by restricting non-resident vehicles to encourage turnover. Residents in designated areas may be eligible for parking permits exempting them from these restrictions.
  • Equipment costs (optional): Dolly, straps, blankets

The total cost to rent a truck from companies like Budget or U-Haul will depend on how far a distance you drive the truck, how many days you have the truck rented and a number of additional costs like insurance, parking, and moving equipment rentals.

Best Availability
Licensedcheckmark
Insuredcheckmark
Price dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign
moveBuddha logo iconrating starstarstarstarstar 4.15 / 5
Check prices (800) 468-4285

93% of users select this mover

At A Glance
  • More than 20,000 locations with prominent pricing
  • Rental options include everything from pick-up trucks to 26-foot moving trucks
  • Gentle-Ride Suspension add protection to avoid damaging your items during transit
  • U-Box moving containers available if you don't want to drive
read our full review
Check prices (800) 468-4285

93% of users select this mover

Most Reliable
Licensedcheckmark
Insuredcheckmark
Price dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign
moveBuddha logo iconrating starstarstarstarstar 4 / 5
Check prices (844) 847-9517

93% of users select this mover

At A Glance
  • Limits environmental impact as part of the EPA's SmartWay Program
  • Non-slip flooring makes loading and unloading easier
  • Easily choose truck size with their Truck Wizard Tool
read our full review
Check prices (844) 847-9517

93% of users select this mover

Best Value Rental
Licensedcheckmark
Insuredcheckmark
Price dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign
moveBuddha logo iconrating starstarstarstarstar 4.3 / 5
Check prices Visit Website

93% of users select this mover

At A Glance
  • Competitive base prices with specialized discounts
  • Round-trip and one-way moves available
  • User-friendly website makes it easy to book the right truck
read our full review
Check prices Visit Website

93% of users select this mover

Average cost to rent a moving container in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has plenty of moving container companies to choose from. 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 with containers like PODS and U-Pack is storage. These things will buy you time if you end up with a weird gap between leases.

Here's roughly what moving containers in Santa Barbara are going to cost:

  • Storage fee: $109.95 per 30 days
  • Initial delivery: $75.0
  • Final delivery fee: $87.0
  • Damage coverage: $10–$350 based on coverage level
  • Parking permit (if necessary): The Residential Permit Parking Program manages parking in mixed-use areas by restricting non-resident vehicles to encourage turnover. Residents in designated areas may be eligible for parking permits exempting them from these restrictions.
  • Door lock (if necessary): $10–$15
  • Equipment costs (if necessary): Dolly, straps, blankets (optional)

Storing everything in a one-bedroom will end up costing somewhere around $282–$662 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 three 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.

Company Quote Rating Price
U-Pack U-Pack Logo Check prices
starstarstarstarstar 5 / 5
dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign
PODS PODS Check prices
starstarstarstarstar 4.8 / 5
dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign
1-800-Pack-Rat Check prices
starstarstarstarstar 4.45 / 5
dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign dollar sign

Helpful Santa Barbara resources

Not what you were looking for?

Check out other categories that can help you find the information you need!

See All
Hide All