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Estimating the cost of a move is tricky. We know, we’ve spent years developing cost predictor algorithms. In the table below you’ll find basic ballpark ranges for move pricing. Use the cost calculator above for a more specific breakdown on moving costs.
On average, hiring professional movers for a local move will cost from $300 to $1,500 depending on the size of the move. Long distance movers will cost on average $2,400 – $5,000 depending on the size of the move and the distance. A cross-country move will cost significantly more than moving to a nearby state.
Estimating moving costs involves a lot of variables. Here are some major cost factors…
- Move size – larger moves are more expensive
- Distance – the further the more costly
- Do-it-yourself vs Pro Mover – DIY is usually cheaper
- Time of year – summer pricing is higher
|1 bedroom||2 – 3 bedrooms||4 – 5 bedrooms|
|<50 miles||$300 – $650||$750 – $1,300||$1,350 – $2,900|
|250 miles||$850 – $1,900||$1,700 – $3,500||$2,000 – $4,500|
|1000 miles+||$900 – $2,700||$2,100 – $6,900||$5,500 – $7,900|
|2500 miles+||$1,500 – $3,500||$3,900 – $7,000||$8,500+|
*Ranges shown are very rough estimates based on historical pricing info.
For in town moves, local moving companies charge by the hour with rates ranging from $50 to $200 per hour. The hourly rate is based on the number of guys needed to complete the job.
A studio or small one-bedroom apartment typically requires 2 workers and takes 2-3 hours to complete with an approximate final cost of $150 to $400. A larger 2-3 bedroom home may take 6-10 hours, require 3-5 workers, and cost $600 to $2,000 total.
Long distance moving companies charge by weight. The cost of moving a house can range from $600 up to tens of thousands depending on the size and distance of the move.
A small one-bedroom will typically weigh around 2,000 lbs and cost anywhere from $600 for a few hundred miles to $2,500+ for a cross-country move. A 2-3 bedroom home will typically weigh 5,000lbs with approximate costs ranging from $1,700 to $7,000 depending on the distance.
Other fees like shuttle trucks, specialty packing, bulky items (pool table), and more can add significant amounts to a moving quote. Moving in or out of less populated areas like Montana or the Dakotas will typically cost more since fewer movers travel to these areas.
Check out our guide to professional moving companies for more info on this option.
If you’re willing to do all the heavy lifting and driving you can usually save yourself a good chunk of change on the total cost of the move.
The three main DIY options are rental trucks, moving containers, and moving freight trailers. Let’s take a quick look at the estimated costs for each option.
How much do moving truck rentals costs?
The average price for a local moving truck rental can range anywhere from $30 to $500 Depending on the size of the truck and the duration of the rental. For instance, Budget Truck Rental typically charges $20-$60 per day as their base rate to rent a truck.
The average price for a one way moving truck rental can range from $200-$300 if you’re moving a few hundred miles to $2,000 – $4,000+ if you’re moving cross-country. Long distance truck rental rates are based on the distance between locations and size of rental truck you need. Rates typically include a set number of allowable miles and days.
For instance, if you’re moving long distance from New York to California, the rental truck rate would most likely include around 3,200 miles for driving and 6-8 days rental time. Additional rental days and mileage can be purchased for a fee.
Another, major cost you’ll want to calculate ahead of time is fuel. Moving rental trucks typically get on average 8-12 miles per gallon depending on the size of the truck and whether it’s full or empty with home goods. For example, a fully loaded 26-foot rental truck is likely to get no more than 7 or 8 miles per gallon, while an empty 10-foot truck will get closer to 12 to 15 MPG.
How much does it cost to rent a portable storage container?
The average total cost to move within 50 miles with a portable moving container is typically around $400 to $700 for one container. For local moves, most companies charge a fee every time you move the container. The typical move involves 3 container charges: a drop-off fee, a transfer fee, and a pick-up fee. If you plan on moving the container more than 3 times, costs can add up quickly.
For interstate moves, average moving container prices can range from $900 to $4500+ depending on the distance and size of the move. Generally, the longer the distance, the more expensive things get. If the company doesn’t have a nearby location at your destination, that can also ramp up the price. Ideally, find a company that has nearby locations on both ends of your move.
Most portable storage companies, such as PODS, offer 30 days of free storage included in their price. Container sizes range from 7 feet long up to 20 feet. Larger containers will cost more to rent and move. If you’re moving a large home, it’s likely you’ll need more than one container which can add significantly to your overall cost.
Moving containers are a good option for moves requiring storage. Check out our Moving Containers Guide for more info and cost saving tips.
How much does renting a freight trailer cost?
If you don’t want to drive, but still want the cost-effectiveness of DIY moving, freight trailers are a great option for long distance moves.
Freight moving companies charge per foot of space used in the trailer. Pricing ranges from $500 to $4,000 depending on the distance and total space used.
Check out our freight moving company guide to learn more about freight moving costs.