What Is The Cost To Move in New York City, NY

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

Here are the 3 primary options when moving locally in New York City.

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

If you're coming from outside the greater New York City area, check these popular routes for moving to New York City and use the long distance move calculator to estimate costs.

Average cost to hire a moving company in New York City, NY

Hiring a full-service moving company is definitely the most convenient option, but you should consider the cost to decide whether hiring a company to do all the heavy lifting is worth it or not.

So let's examine exactly how much the average New York City moving company is going to charge.

Home Size Avg. Total Cost Cost/hour # of Movers # Hours
Studio $393 $154 2 movers 3 hours
1 Bedroom $547 $154 2 movers 4 hours
2 Bedroom $887 $216 3 movers 5 hours
3 Bedroom $2,051 $302 4 movers 8 hours
4 Bedroom $2,353 $302 4 movers 9 hours
5+ Bedroom $3,623 $423 5 movers 10 hours

Remember, these are just averages meant to give you a general idea on move pricing. Rates can vary depending on the moving company you choose to hire and the specific needs of your move.

Best Moving Companies in New York City, NY

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 New York City.

Company Quote Rating Contact
Gentle Giant Moving Company Get A Quote      
4.86 overall rating
100 Bowne Street, New York, NY, 11231
(718) 907-1830
Seka Moving Get A Quote      
4.72 overall rating
48 Wall St #1100, New York, NY, 10005
(203) 583-8333

Visit our Best Movers in New York City page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews.

Ask your mover

  • Places like high-rises and managed apartments will often require a copy of your mover's insurance and elevator reservation on moving day.
  • Check ahead with any neighborhood, community, or HOA rules on moving to ensure a smooth move.
  • 19-162.3 Temporary Parking Permits. a. The department shall issue temporary parking permits to allow drivers to load and unload heavy materials from a motor vehicle at a specified location. Such permits shall be valid for a twenty-four period for vehicles with commercial license plates and for a twelve-hour for all other motor vehicles. The specific time frame shall be set forth in such permit. Such permit may also specify geographic parameters where such permit may be used.
  • New York is one of the busiest moving states in the country, and local and intrastate moving companies operating within the Empire State are regulated by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).
  • Released Value Protection is the most economical option because it doesn’t cost anything. It is offered by movers at no additional charge, but the protection is minimal. Under this option, the mover is responsible for no more than 60 cents per pound per article. For example, if your mover lost or damaged a 50 inch TV weighing 25 pounds, you would only receive $15 (60 cents x 25 pounds). If you need for the full value of your items to be covered, please consult with the moving company you're hiring for other options or a third-party insurance provider.

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

Average cost to rent a moving truck in New York City, NY

You'll definitely have to break a sweat, but moving truck rentals in New York City will absolutely be easier on your wallet.

Here's how the costs break down:

  • Base Cost: $19 - $19 per day
  • Mileage Fee: $1.99 - $2.29 per mile
  • Fuel Cost: Dependent on driving distance.
  • Truck Coverage: $20 - $55 based on coverage level
  • Parking Permit (if necessary): 19-162.3 Temporary Parking Permits. a. The department shall issue temporary parking permits to allow drivers to load and unload heavy materials from a motor vehicle at a specified location. Such permits shall be valid for a twenty-four period for vehicles with commercial license plates and for a twelve-hour for all other motor vehicles. The specific time frame shall be set forth in such permit. Such permit may also specify geographic parameters where such permit may be used.
  • Equipment Costs (optional): Dolly, straps, blankets

The total cost to rent a truck 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, moving equipment rentals and more.

Average cost to rent a moving container in New York City, NY

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: $189.95 per 30 days
  • Damage Coverage: $10 - $350 based on coverage level
  • Parking Permit (if necessary): 19-162.3 Temporary Parking Permits. a. The department shall issue temporary parking permits to allow drivers to load and unload heavy materials from a motor vehicle at a specified location. Such permits shall be valid for a twenty-four period for vehicles with commercial license plates and for a twelve-hour for all other motor vehicles. The specific time frame shall be set forth in such permit. Such permit may also specify geographic parameters where such permit may be used.
  • 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 $200 - $580 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 New York City, NY

Learn more about these types of companies at our best moving container companies page.

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