Moving from Seattle to Fresno (Movers from $1,710)

Quick answer: A move from Seattle to Fresno costs $849 to $8,112 and takes 2-7 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 921-mile move yourself.

Hiring a long-distance moving company from Seattle 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 Fresno to Seattle guide.

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How much does it cost to move from Seattle to Fresno?

Seattle movers charge $141 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 $1,710 - $6,776 $978 - $2,454 $793 - $1,485
2 - 3 bedrooms $3,580 - $8,112 $1,830 - $3,443 $849 - $1,696
4+ bedrooms $5,744 - $10,893 $2,340 - $4,940 $1,043 - $2,209
*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 921 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 Seattle to Fresno

The cost of Seattle 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 Seattle to Fresno can be as low as $1,710 while a four-bedroom home can be as high as $9,659.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Seattle, 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 $793 to $1,888. However, these options require more work and effort compared to hiring professional movers.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from Seattle to Fresno?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Seattle to Fresno will cost between $1,710 to $6,776. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $3,580 to $8,112, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Seattle to Fresno will cost from $5,744 to $10,893.

How much are moving container companies from Seattle to Fresno?

Moving containers from Seattle to Fresno will cost you $978 to $2,454 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,830 to $3,443. A larger home will cost $2,340 to $4,940.

How much is a moving truck from Seattle to Fresno?

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 $793 to $1,485. A larger move will cost $849 to $1,696, and a four-bedroom move from Seattle to Fresno costs from $1,043 to $2,209. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Seattle to Fresno moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Seattle to Fresno 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 Seattle to Fresno.

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Pros and cons of moving from Seattle to Fresno

Cost of living: Seattle vs Fresno

Seattle Fresno
Average rent cost $2,000 $1,695
Average home value $824,264 $365,377
Average income (per capita) $75,156 $57,211
Cost of Living (single person) $1,211 $916
Cost of Living (family of 4) $4,345 $3,181
Unemployment rate 4.8% 8.0%
Sales Tax 10.25% 7.98%
State Income Tax 0.0% 13.3%
  • Rent prices in Fresno are 15% lower than in Seattle.
  • Home prices in Fresno are 55.7% lower than in Seattle.
  • Income in Fresno is 23.9% lower than in Seattle.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Fresno is 24.4% lower than in Seattle.
  • The cost of living for a family in Fresno is 26.8% lower than in Seattle.
  • The unemployment rate in Fresno is 66.67% higher than in Seattle.
  • Sales taxes in Fresno are 22.15% lower than in Seattle.
  • State income taxes in Fresno are 13.30% higher than in Seattle.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $2,269.20 in Fresno to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Seattle.

How is life different in Seattle compared to Fresno?

Fresno Seattle
Population 542,107 737,015
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 5 8
Walkability score 47 74
Bike friendliness score 58 71
Crime Index 37.69 59.09
Safety Index 49.51 49.23
Air Quality Good Good
  • Fresno's population is about 26% less than Seattle.
  • Fresno's public transportation has a score of 5 out of 10 versus Seattle's lower score of 8.
  • Fresno is less walkable than Seattle with a score of 47 out of 100 vs Seattle's 74 out of 100.
  • Fresno is less bike-friendly than Seattle with a score of 58 out of 100 vs Seattle's 71.
  • Fresno's crime rate is lower than Seattle with a score of 37.69 compared to Seattle's 59.09. This means that Fresno neighborhoods are safer than 37.69% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Seattle neighborhoods are safer than 59.09%.
  • Fresno is considered to be safer than Seattle with a safety index of 49.51 vs Seattle's 49.23.
  • Air quality in Fresno is good, and in Seattle it's good.

Considerations for moving to Fresno

  • Weather: Fresno has mild, wet winters and very long, hot, dry summers..
  • 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 contacting a local moving company for an estimate in California, make sure each has a “T Number” issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CAPUC). Moving companies with valid T Numbers have met state requirements for insurance, safety, and financial stability and have passed criminal clearance checks conducted by the California Department of Justice. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a California moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: California 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 Fresno. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Opt for Released Value Protection – a cost-free choice provided by movers with minimal coverage. The liability is capped at 60 cents per pound per article. For instance, if a 50-inch TV weighing 25 pounds is lost or damaged, your reimbursement is only $15 (60 cents x 25 pounds). To ensure comprehensive coverage for your items' full value, consult with your chosen moving company or consider third-party insurance options.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Seattle movers

Company Quote Rating Contact
Eco Movers Moving Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
4.96 overall rating
1200 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA, 98119
(206) 971-6895
Gentle Giant Moving Company Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
4.9 overall rating
506 2nd Ave Suite 1400, Seattle, WA, 98104
(206) 213-0426

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

Where to live in Fresno

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

Best neighborhoods for singles:

  • Tower District
  • Mural District
  • Mclane
  • Central Fresno

Best neighborhoods for families:

  • Woodrow Park
  • Fig Garden
  • Mclane
  • Sunnyside

What to do in Fresno

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

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo
  • Rotary Storyland and Playland
  • Fashion Fair Mall
  • Legion of Valor Museum
  • Saint Jon the Baptist Catherdral
  • Blackbeard's Family Entertainment Center
  • Roger Rocka's Dinner Theatre
  • Fac Water Tower
  • Fresno County Blossom Trail

Get your sports on!

Fresno is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Fresno Grizzlies (Low-A West)
  • Fresno Monsters (Premier Hockey League)

FAQ

When is the best time to move from Seattle to Fresno?

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

When is the cheapest time to move from Seattle to Fresno?

Because most people are moving from Seattle to Fresno 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 Seattle to Fresno take?

The 921-mile move from Seattle, WA, to Fresno, CA, takes 2-7 days. Some Seattle movers may offer expedited moving if you need it faster. If you need more time, ask your mover about storage options in Fresno.

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