Moving from Houston to Dayton (Movers from $1,538)

Quick answer: A move from Houston to Dayton costs $977 to $8,095 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 1,100-mile move yourself.

Hiring a long-distance moving company from Houston 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 Dayton to Houston guide.

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How much does it cost to move from Houston to Dayton?

Houston movers charge $75 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 $1,538 - $6,043 $1,091 - $2,586 $878 - $1,770
2 - 3 bedrooms $3,414 - $8,095 $1,859 - $3,715 $977 - $2,004
4+ bedrooms $5,429 - $10,269 $2,669 - $5,261 $1,204 - $2,343
*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 1,100 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 Houston to Dayton

The cost of Houston 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 Houston to Dayton can be as low as $1,538 while a four-bedroom home can be as high as $8,796.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Houston, 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 $878 to $2,300. However, these options require more work and effort compared to hiring professional movers.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from Houston to Dayton?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Houston to Dayton will cost between $1,538 to $6,043. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $3,414 to $8,095, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Houston to Dayton will cost from $5,429 to $10,269.

How much are moving container companies from Houston to Dayton?

Moving containers from Houston to Dayton will cost you $1,091 to $2,586 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,859 to $3,715. A larger home will cost $2,669 to $5,261.

How much is a moving truck from Houston to Dayton?

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 $878 to $1,770. A larger move will cost $977 to $2,004, and a four-bedroom move from Houston to Dayton costs from $1,204 to $2,343. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Houston to Dayton moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Houston to Dayton 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 Houston to Dayton.

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Pros and cons of moving from Houston to Dayton

Cost of living: Houston vs Dayton

Houston Dayton
Average rent cost $1,684 $925
Average home value $261,764 $135,815
Average income (per capita) $67,621 $62,673
Cost of Living (single person) $1,488 $1,593
Cost of Living (family of 4) $5,313 $3,788
Unemployment rate 4.1% 6.8%
Sales Tax 8.25% 7.5%
State Income Tax 0.0% 3.99%
  • Rent prices in Dayton are 45% lower than in Houston.
  • Home prices in Dayton are 48.1% lower than in Houston.
  • Income in Dayton is 7.3% lower than in Houston.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Dayton is 7.1% higher than in Houston.
  • The cost of living for a family in Dayton is 28.7% lower than in Houston.
  • The unemployment rate in Dayton is 65.85% higher than in Houston.
  • Sales taxes in Dayton are 9.09% lower than in Houston.
  • State income taxes in Dayton are 3.99% higher than in Houston.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $3,211.69 in Dayton to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Houston.

How is life different in Houston compared to Dayton?

Dayton Houston
Population 137,644 2,301,572
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 6 5
Walkability score 45 47
Bike friendliness score 47 49
Crime Index 4.0 63.21
Safety Index 40.68 36.79
Air Quality Moderate Good
  • Dayton's population is about 94% less than Houston.
  • Dayton's public transportation has a score of 6 out of 10 versus Houston's higher score of 5.
  • Dayton is less walkable than Houston with a score of 45 out of 100 vs Houston's 47 out of 100.
  • Dayton is less bike-friendly than Houston with a score of 47 out of 100 vs Houston's 49.
  • Dayton's crime rate is lower than Houston with a score of 4.0 compared to Houston's 63.21. This means that Dayton neighborhoods are safer than 4.0% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Houston neighborhoods are safer than 63.21%.
  • Dayton is considered to be safer than Houston with a safety index of 40.68 vs Houston's 36.79.
  • Air quality in Dayton is moderate, and in Houston it's good.

Considerations for moving to Dayton

  • Weather: September, June and May are the best months to move to Dayton. .
  • 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: Although a local license is not required in Ohio, make sure the moving company you’ll be hiring is registered with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). To verify if you’re dealing with a legal and licensed mover, you may ask them their USDOT registration number. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Ohio moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Ohio 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 Dayton. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Opt for cost-free Released Value Protection from movers, offering minimal coverage with a maximum liability of 60 cents per pound per article. For comprehensive coverage, explore alternatives with your chosen moving company or consider a third-party insurance provider.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Houston movers

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

Where to live in Dayton

Now that you've decided to make the move to "Gem City", these are the best neighborhoods to move to in Dayton.

Best neighborhoods for singles:

  • Oakwood
  • Centerville
  • Springboro
  • Five Points
  • Bellbrook

Best neighborhoods for families:

  • Downtown
  • Webster Station
  • South Park
  • Oregon District
  • Shroyer Park
  • Five Oaks
  • Gratton Hill

What to do in Dayton

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

  • National Museum of the United States Air Force
  • Aviation at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
  • Carillon Historical Park
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • The Dayton Art Institute
  • RiverScape MetroPark
  • Schuster Center
  • America's Packard Museum
  • SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park

Get your sports on!

Dayton is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Dayton Dragons (Baseball-Midwest League)
  • Wright State Raiders (Horizon League)

FAQ

When is the best time to move from Houston to Dayton?

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

When is the cheapest time to move from Houston to Dayton?

Because most people are moving from Houston to Dayton 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 Houston to Dayton take?

The 1,100-mile move from Houston, TX, to Dayton, OH, takes 2-8 days. Some Houston movers may offer expedited moving if you need it faster. If you need more time, ask your mover about storage options in Dayton.

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