Moving from Los Angeles to Des Moines (Movers from $1,649)

Quick answer: A move from Los Angeles to Des Moines costs $1,328 to $9,190 and takes 4-15 days. The main factors that determine the cost and time are how much you’re moving, your move date, and whether you hire a company or do the 1,684-mile move yourself.

Hiring a long-distance moving company from Los Angeles will be more expensive, while renting a truck or using a moving container is usually cheaper but requires more work.

Moving the reverse route? We've got you covered with our Moving from Des Moines to Los Angeles guide.

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How much does it cost to move from Los Angeles to Des Moines?

Los Angeles movers charge $100 per hour on average. Here are average prices for a full-service moving company, moving container, or truck:

Move size Moving company Moving container Rental truck
Studio / 1 bedroom $1,649 - $6,272 $1,365 - $3,200 $1,240 - $2,480
2 - 3 bedrooms $3,797 - $9,190 $2,267 - $4,675 $1,328 - $2,951
4+ bedrooms $6,952 - $12,091 $3,321 - $6,854 $1,743 - $3,432
*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 1,684 miles and historical averages. The actual size of your move, additional services required, truck parking access, market conditions, and availability can greatly affect the final cost of your move.

Factors influencing moving costs from Los Angeles to Des Moines

The cost of Los Angeles movers will depend on:

  • Move size: The cost of your move will depend on the amount of items you have in your home. For example, moving a one-bedroom apartment from Los Angeles to Des Moines can be as low as $1,649 while a four-bedroom home can be as high as $11,626.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Los Angeles, so moving companies will likely charge more.
  • Do-it-yourself vs professional mover: Renting a truck or using a moving container can be cheaper options, with prices for a rental truck ranging from $1,240 to $3,168. However, these options require more work and effort compared to hiring professional movers.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from Los Angeles to Des Moines?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Los Angeles to Des Moines will cost between $1,649 to $6,272. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $3,797 to $9,190, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Los Angeles to Des Moines will cost from $6,952 to $12,091.

How much are moving container companies from Los Angeles to Des Moines?

Moving containers from Los Angeles to Des Moines will cost you $1,365 to $3,200 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $2,267 to $4,675. A larger home will cost $3,321 to $6,854.

How much is a moving truck from Los Angeles to Des Moines?

Renting a moving truck is usually the cheapest option, but it requires you to do all of the driving and labor.

Moving a studio or one-bedroom apartment in a rental truck will cost around $1,240 to $2,480. A larger move will cost $1,328 to $2,951, and a four-bedroom move from Los Angeles to Des Moines costs from $1,743 to $3,432. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Los Angeles to Des Moines moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Los Angeles to Des Moines is a big deal.

There are more than 8,000 moving companies in the U.S. But don't worry, you won't have to filter through all of them. We've done the research for you and narrowed the list based on customer satisfaction, cost, and services. Here are the best long-distance moving companies serving Los Angeles to Des Moines.

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Pros and cons of moving from Los Angeles to Des Moines

Cost of living: Los Angeles vs Des Moines

Los Angeles Des Moines
Average rent cost $2,850 $1,150
Average home value $2,245,337 $192,347
Average income (per capita) $73,027 $58,492
Cost of Living (single person) $6,742 $1,891
Cost of Living (family of 4) $5,567 $4,380
Unemployment rate 10.6% 5.9%
Sales Tax 9.5% 7.0%
State Income Tax 13.3% 4.4%
  • Rent prices in Des Moines are 60% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • Home prices in Des Moines are 91.4% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • Income in Des Moines is 19.9% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Des Moines is 72.0% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • The cost of living for a family in Des Moines is 21.3% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 44.34% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • Sales taxes in Des Moines are 26.32% lower than in Los Angeles.
  • State income taxes in Des Moines are 66.92% lower than in Los Angeles.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $841.44 in Des Moines to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Los Angeles.

How is life different in Los Angeles compared to Des Moines?

Des Moines Los Angeles
Population 699,292 9,787,747
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 5 8
Walkability score 45 69
Bike friendliness score 39 59
Crime Index 5.0 52.86
Safety Index 57.8 47.14
Air Quality Good Moderate
  • Des Moines's population is about 93% less than Los Angeles.
  • Des Moines's public transportation has a score of 5 out of 10 versus Los Angeles's lower score of 8.
  • Des Moines is less walkable than Los Angeles with a score of 45 out of 100 vs Los Angeles's 69 out of 100.
  • Des Moines is less bike-friendly than Los Angeles with a score of 39 out of 100 vs Los Angeles's 59.
  • Des Moines's crime rate is lower than Los Angeles with a score of 5.0 compared to Los Angeles's 52.86. This means that Des Moines neighborhoods are safer than 5.0% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Los Angeles neighborhoods are safer than 52.86%.
  • Des Moines is considered to be safer than Los Angeles with a safety index of 57.8 vs Los Angeles's 47.14.
  • Air quality in Des Moines is good, and in Los Angeles it's moderate.

Considerations for moving to Des Moines

  • Weather: September, June and May are the most pleasant months in Des Moines, while January and December are the least comfortable months..
  • HOA rules: Check ahead with any neighborhood or community rules on moving to ensure a smooth move.
  • Elevator reservation: If your building has an elevator you'll want to check on how to reserve it for move day.
  • Truck parking permits: Some cities require parking permits for large vehicles and moving trucks. Find out if you need any parking permits ahead of time.
  • State licensing: When moving within Iowa, make sure to hire a company that is licensed by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Each household goods mover in the state should have an Iowa Motor Carrier (IOWAMC) Number, which means they’ve met minimum insurance and highway safety requirements. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Iowa moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Iowa does not require any moving permits, but it is helpful to check local parking restrictions before moving into the state.
  • Change of address: We recommend submitting your change of address form with USPS at least a week prior to your move. You can set an official move date on the form and this way all of your mail will get properly forwarded to Des Moines. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Choose cost-free Released Value Protection from movers for basic coverage at 60 cents per pound.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Los Angeles movers

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355 S Grand Ave Suite 2450, Los Angeles, CA, 90071
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1049 Havenhurst Dr #35, West Hollywood, CA, 90046
(800) 298-0044

Visit our best long distance movers in Los Angeles page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews.

Where to live in Des Moines

Now that you've decided to make the move to "Hartford of the West", these are the best neighborhoods to move to in Des Moines.

Best neighborhoods for singles:

  • Sherman Hill
  • Downtown
  • East Village
  • North of Grand
  • Woodland Heights
  • Arbor Peaks
  • Chautauqua Park
  • Beaverdale
  • Westwood

Best neighborhoods for families:

  • Linden Heights
  • Waterbury
  • Waveland Park
  • Westwood
  • Salisbury Oaks
  • Meredith
  • Beaverdale

What to do in Des Moines

These are some of the best things to do in your new Iowa home.

  • State Capitol
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • Salisbury House & Gardens
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Principal Park
  • East Village
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Water Works Park
  • Iowa State Fair
  • Hoyt Sherman Place
  • Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens

Get your sports on!

Des Moines is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Drake Bulldogs

FAQ

When is the best time to move from Los Angeles to Des Moines?

The best time to move from Los Angeles to Des Moines is during the spring or fall. These seasons offer milder weather and avoid higher moving costs during the peak moving season in Los Angeles.

When is the cheapest time to move from Los Angeles to Des Moines?

Because most people are moving from Los Angeles to Des Moines in the spring or fall, you can often catch discounts by moving in the winter. Read our guide on moving discounts to learn more.

How long does a move from Los Angeles to Des Moines take?

The 1,684-mile move from Los Angeles, CA, to Des Moines, IA, takes 4-15 days. Some Los Angeles movers may offer expedited moving if you need it faster. If you need more time, ask your mover about storage options in Des Moines.

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