What Is The Cost To Move in Philadelphia, PA

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 Philadelphia.

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

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

Average cost to hire a moving company in Philadelphia, PA

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 Philadelphia moving company is going to charge.

Home Size Avg. Total Cost # of Movers # Hours Cost/hour
Studio $464 2 movers 3 hours $182
1 Bedroom $646 2 movers 4 hours $182
2 Bedroom $1,047 3 movers 5 hours $255
3 Bedroom $2,424 4 movers 8 hours $357
4 Bedroom $2,781 4 movers 9 hours $357
5+ Bedroom $4,274 5 movers 10 hours $499

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.

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.
  • Moving Truck = $50.00 (Center City and University City) and $25.00 (All other areas), per 40 feet of space, per day (40 feet of space is the equivalent of two (2) parking spaces) Moving/Portable Storage Container = $50.00, per container (maximum of 5 calendar days). Temporary Dumpster = $40.00, per dumpster (maximum of 7 calendar days).
  • For decades movers In Pennsylvania were regulated by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). Each company was issued a PUC Number and was required to abide by a universal publicly published tariff that established the rates movers could charge for various services. Now, some sources claim that the PUC no longer regulates in-state movers, and it appears as though the PUC’s website is no longer functioning. So if you’re moving within Pennsylvania, you’ll want to address these issues with your moving company representative and if possible, contact the state directly.
  • No common carrier or contract carrier of property or household goods in use may engage in intrastate commerce and no certificate will be issued, or remain in force, except as provided in § 32.15 (relating to applications to self-insure), until there has been filed with and approved by the Commission, a certificate of insurance by an insurer authorized to do business in this Commonwealth, to provide for the payment of valid accident claims against the insured for bodily injury to or the death of persons, or the loss or damage to property of others resulting from the operation, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle in the insured authorized service. The liability of the insurance company on each motor vehicle operated in common or contract carrier service shall be in amounts not less than $300,000 per accident for a vehicle with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, in the case of a single vehicle, or a manufacturer’s gross combination weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, in the case of an articulated vehicle. The liability of the insurance company on each motor vehicle operated in common or contract carrier service shall be in amounts not less than $750,000 per accident for a vehicle with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds, in the case of a single vehicle, or a manufacturer’s gross combination weight rating over 10,000 pounds, in the case of an articulated vehicle. (b) The limitations in subsection (a) do not include insurance to cover damage to cargo. (c) Insurance coverage of motor carriers of property and household goods in use shall meet the requirements of 75 Pa.C.S. § § 1701—1799.7 (relating to Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law).

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

Average cost to rent a moving truck in Philadelphia, PA

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

Here's how the costs break down:

  • Base Cost: $19 - $39 per day
  • Mileage Fee: $0.89 - $0.99 per mile
  • Fuel Cost: Dependent on driving distance.
  • Truck Coverage: $20 - $55 based on coverage level
  • Parking Permit (if necessary): Moving Truck = $50.00 (Center City and University City) and $25.00 (All other areas), per 40 feet of space, per day (40 feet of space is the equivalent of two (2) parking spaces) Moving/Portable Storage Container = $50.00, per container (maximum of 5 calendar days). Temporary Dumpster = $40.00, per dumpster (maximum of 7 calendar days).
  • 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 Philadelphia, PA

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: $79.95 per 30 days
  • Damage Coverage: $10 - $350 based on coverage level
  • Parking Permit (if necessary): Moving Truck = $50.00 (Center City and University City) and $25.00 (All other areas), per 40 feet of space, per day (40 feet of space is the equivalent of two (2) parking spaces) Moving/Portable Storage Container = $50.00, per container (maximum of 5 calendar days). Temporary Dumpster = $40.00, per dumpster (maximum of 7 calendar days).
  • 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 $90 - $470 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 Philadelphia, PA

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

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