Moving from Columbus to Tampa (Movers from $1,496)

Quick answer: A move from Columbus to Tampa costs $873 to $7,609 and takes 2-8 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 1,023-mile move yourself.

Hiring a long-distance moving company from Columbus 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 Tampa to Columbus guide.

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How much does it cost to move from Columbus to Tampa?

Columbus movers charge $145 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 $1,496 - $6,088 $1,008 - $2,661 $857 - $1,612
2 - 3 bedrooms $3,299 - $7,609 $1,791 - $3,712 $873 - $1,804
4+ bedrooms $5,407 - $10,683 $2,491 - $4,737 $1,140 - $2,330
*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 1,023 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.
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Factors influencing moving costs from Columbus to Tampa

The cost of Columbus 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 Columbus to Tampa can be as low as $1,496 while a four-bedroom home can be as high as $8,415.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Columbus, 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 $857 to $2,009. However, these options require more work and effort compared to hiring professional movers.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from Columbus to Tampa?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Columbus to Tampa will cost between $1,496 to $6,088. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $3,299 to $7,609, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Columbus to Tampa will cost from $5,407 to $10,683.

How much are moving container companies from Columbus to Tampa?

Moving containers from Columbus to Tampa will cost you $1,008 to $2,661 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,791 to $3,712. A larger home will cost $2,491 to $4,737.

How much is a moving truck from Columbus to Tampa?

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 $857 to $1,612. A larger move will cost $873 to $1,804, and a four-bedroom move from Columbus to Tampa costs from $1,140 to $2,330. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Columbus to Tampa moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Columbus to Tampa 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 Columbus to Tampa.

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Pros and cons of moving from Columbus to Tampa

Cost of living: Columbus vs Tampa

Columbus Tampa
Average rent cost $1,450 $1,952
Average home value $235,958 $379,142
Average income (per capita) $63,639 $59,893
Cost of Living (single person) $915 $1,013
Cost of Living (family of 4) $3,229 $3,611
Unemployment rate 5.7% 5.0%
Sales Tax 7.5% 7.5%
State Income Tax 3.99% 0.0%
  • Rent prices in Tampa are 35% higher than in Columbus.
  • Home prices in Tampa are 60.7% higher than in Columbus.
  • Income in Tampa is 5.9% lower than in Columbus.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Tampa is 10.7% higher than in Columbus.
  • The cost of living for a family in Tampa is 11.8% higher than in Columbus.
  • The unemployment rate in Tampa is 12.28% lower than in Columbus.
  • Sales taxes are the same in Tampa and Columbus.
  • State income taxes in Tampa are 100.00% lower than in Columbus.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $3,321.31 in Tampa to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Columbus.

How is life different in Columbus compared to Tampa?

Tampa Columbus
Population 384,959 905,748
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 8 5
Walkability score 51 41
Bike friendliness score 51 48
Crime Index 21.92 37.49
Safety Index 52.86 56.58
Air Quality Good Good
  • Tampa's population is about 57% less than Columbus.
  • Tampa's public transportation has a score of 8 out of 10 versus Columbus's higher score of 5.
  • Tampa is more walkable than Columbus with a score of 51 out of 100 vs Columbus's 41 out of 100.
  • Tampa is more bike-friendly than Columbus with a score of 51 out of 100 vs Columbus's 48.
  • Tampa's crime rate is lower than Columbus with a score of 21.92 compared to Columbus's 37.49. This means that Tampa neighborhoods are safer than 21.92% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Columbus neighborhoods are safer than 37.49%.
  • Tampa is considered to be less safe than Columbus with a score of 52.86 vs Columbus's 56.58.
  • Air quality in Tampa is good, and in Columbus it's good.

Considerations for moving to Tampa

  • Weather: Tampa's climate generally features hot and humid summers with frequent thunderstorms and dry and mild winters. Tampa seldom feels major effects from tropical storms or hurricanes. .
  • 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: Individuals and companies engaging in for-profit local and intrastate moving within the Sunshine State must register each year with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Division of Consumer Services. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Florida moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Florida 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 Tampa. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Released Value Protection stands out as a cost-effective choice, provided by movers at no extra expense, although it comes with limited coverage. In this option, the mover's liability is capped at 60 cents per pound per article. To ensure comprehensive coverage matching the full value of your items, consult with your chosen moving company about alternative options or explore third-party insurance providers. Secure the best protection for your belongings during the move with these tailored coverage choices.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Columbus movers

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E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
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3759 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH, 43123
(614) 871-4040

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

Where to live in Tampa

Now that you've decided to make the move to "Big Guava", these are the best neighborhoods to move to in Tampa.

Best neighborhoods for singles:

  • Channel District
  • Courier City-Oscawana
  • Downtown
  • Historic Ybor
  • North Hyde Park

Best neighborhoods for families:

  • Bayshore Beautiful
  • Bayshore Gardens
  • Beach Park
  • Oakford Park
  • Sunset Park

What to do in Tampa

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

  • Busch Gardens
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge
  • Ybor City
  • Big Cat Rescue
  • Tampa Theatre
  • Amalie Arena
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • Tampa Bay History Center

Get your sports on!

Tampa is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
  • Tampa Bay Vipers (XFL)
  • Tampa Bay Titans (TBL)
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies (XFL)

FAQ

When is the best time to move from Columbus to Tampa?

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

When is the cheapest time to move from Columbus to Tampa?

Because most people are moving from Columbus to Tampa 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 Columbus to Tampa take?

The 1,023-mile move from Columbus, OH, to Tampa, FL, takes 2-8 days. Some Columbus movers may offer expedited moving if you need it faster. If you need more time, ask your mover about storage options in Tampa.

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