Get Your Move Underway with Our Online Moving Cost Calculator
Though in-home estimates provide the most accurate moving quotes, Moving APT has been in business for so many years that we know how to provide quotes online that give you a very good baseline estimate.
By filling out our online moving form, our moving cost calculator can instantly provide you with a quote that helps you understand what kind of budget you’ll need to make that move that’s 20 minutes away, three states over, or all the way to the opposite coast. It will also help you get a clearer picture of the size of the move you are about to undertake.
Our cost calculator simply needs to know where you’re coming from, your move date and how much you’re bringing along with you.
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Approximate Moving Costs by Household Size
2 – 3 bedrooms
4 – 5 bedrooms
$300 – $650
$750 – $1,300
$1,350 – $2,900
$850 – $1,900
$1,700 – $3,500
$2,000 – $4,500
$900 – $2,700
$2,100 – $6,900
$5,500 – $7,900
$1,500 – $3,500
$3,900 – $7,000
** NOTE: Price ranges are approximate estimates based on historical data.
Hiring a Moving Company: Average Costs
While it’s tempting to use the table above as a one-size-fits all price calculator, moves are complicated. A one bedroom move can cost more than a three bedroom move if there’s a lot of heavy furniture and special items that need to be moved, not to mention the distance you’re traveling.
Moving Locally or Long-Distance?
If you are travelling less than 50 miles, you most likely will end up enlisting the services of a local moving company. Local moving companies usually charge you buy the hour, and the hourly rate typically includes a moving truck.
Even if you are moving a short distance, consider the city you’re living in. Places like San Francisco and New York City have high costs of living and the local moving companies there cost much more than in smaller cities. Labor costs, worker’s comp and insurance account for the increase in prices.
If you are going to be moving over 50 miles, long-distance moving companies can make life much easier. When hiring interstate movers, the cost of your move is no longer dependent on time, but on the weight of your shipment and the distance you’ll be travelling.
Long-distance moves have a lot of factors involved and many companies determine prices on a case by case basis. Every move is unique, but the longer the distance, the more complex it can become.
Size of Your Move
There’s a general rule of moving: the more you move the more you pay. This is true in cases of long and short-distance moving.
If you are completing a short distance move with five bedrooms, it will take much more time to load/unload your items, hence a higher cost. If you are moving across the country with five bedrooms, the shipment will be heavier and the truck, or trucks, will be bigger and your cost will also increase.
In order to get a more precise estimate of the cost to relocate, it’s important to have as much information as possible. This is why a moving cost calculator is so important.
Need to Know: Services & Situations that Affect Moving Costs
We already know that the size of your move and the distance traveled are two of the main factors that can cause the price of your move to increase or decrease, but there are many additional services and conditions that can happen during a move that can change the final price you pay.
- Full Service
If you’re very busy and you know it’s absolutely out of the question to be heavily involved in your move, many moving companies can provide the extra help you need. Opting for a full-service move means you are paying for moving supplies, labor – for packing your entire home, loading boxes, furniture and appliances into the truck, driving your items to the new location, unloading everything off the truck and unpacking.
This service typically requires that you are present throughout the entire process, but it’s well worth the price for those who are unable to commit the necessary time.
- Packing Services
Until you are faced with the task of moving all of your things, it’s easy to forget just how many items you’ve collected over the years. It’s a good thing local and interstate moving companies can save you days of stress and frustration by packing it all up for you.
If you already have a truck or have decided to rent one, hire movers to simply pack, load and unpack your things and watch your costs fall. Some companies charge for this service by the box or by the hour. Any kind of specialty boxes you need such as custom made crates or wardrobe boxes will be more expensive than standard boxes.
- Moving Specialty Items
If you have large, bulky, heavy items such as sculptures, grand pianos or pool tables, moving companies are specially trained to prepare and transport these items but they cost more. If the company you are moving all of your things with cannot handle these items, you’ll have to find a specialist or another company that can.
Heavy items like couches also fall into this category as well as the disassembly and reassembly that may be required to get them out of the door.
- Shuttle Service
If there is some reason that the moving truck cannot get to your house and a smaller truck or van is needed in order to transport items from your home to the moving truck, you will be charged an additional fee.
If you fear this may be an issue or you know large trucks are not permitted within a certain distance of your residence, be sure to inquire about having this fee included in your quote. Asking about the size of a moving company’s pickup and delivery trucks in advance can save you a headache on moving day.
- Long Carry Service
Carrying heavy boxes already is a lot for any mover but if they have to carry those boxes much further than anticipated, an additional fee will be added to the final cost of your move. Your written estimate should have the specified distance the movers will carry items before charging you with this fee.
- Stairs & Other Obstacles
Most movers include one flight of stairs in their move estimates. When there are multiple flights of stairs, be prepared to have a fee tacked on to your move cost. Make sure to ask the company ahead of time about their stair fees and have it included in a written statement.
Keep in mind the same thing can happen if you have slow elevators that the movers must wait on or only one elevator for an entire building. You are being charged for labor so anything that slows them down is going to cost you extra. Other obstacles include narrow hallways and doorways that make it a pain to remove your furniture.
When moving dates don’t align and your things must be stored for a short period of time, you will incur storage fees. Be sure to ask about storage rates before adding this service.
Though not a hidden fee, it’s often overlooked. Tipping your movers is customary – $20 – $40 per mover. Don’t be afraid to adjust the number (up or down) based on the quality of service. Honor requests not to tip movers.
The Price of a Cross-Country Move
When using a long-distance moving company, you can expect to pay based on how much your entire shipment weighs and the distance between point A (origin) and point B (final destination). This will not include any additional services that you may require. A moving cost calculator is a great tool to help you figure this cost out.
The important thing to do in this situation is to get a number of estimates, at least three, and compare those costs. If you receive an estimate that is far below any other estimates, this may be a too-good-to-be-true situation and you probably should politely turn the offer down and try another company – unless you want to end up with missing or heavily damaged items.
On average, if you’re moving 1,000 miles away, a studio can cost $1500 to move with a shipment of 1800-2000 pounds. A 1 bedroom ranges from $1800-$2500 that weights 2500-3500 pounds and a 2 bedroom weighing 5000-6000 pounds can cost between $3500 and $4200.
Please note that none of those prices include extra fees and services.
Moving by Yourself?
This can be an excellent way of saving money or the biggest headache you’ll ever have in your life. The price of a do-it-yourself move can seem like a great moving saving idea until you realize just how much work is involved in moving your entire life by yourself.
If you decide to go this route, what you’ll save in labor costs and packing fees, you’ll pay for in time, energy and most likely aspirin. You’ll also still have to pay for packing supplies, gas, a truck rental, truck rental insurance and any items that you damage (unless you insure your items which is another cost).
The biggest cost to think about is your time away from work. While most people believe they can get everything done in a day, you’ll need to sleep and eat. Most people take 3.5 to 4 days moving on their own.
The Price of a Local Move
The price of a local move can vary greatly depending on the location, but as a rule of thumb, you’ll be charged hourly for the service of a local moving company. Regardless of the type of work the movers are doing, the rate doesn’t change.
Additional costs include a travel fee. This is a confusing way of saying that you are going to be paying for the time and fuel needed to get to your home for the pickup and to the new location where your items are going to be delivered.
The average price of a local move is $25 per hour per mover but can go all the way to $200 an hour per mover depending on what part of the country you’re living in and how large your move is.
Strictly speaking on average, moving a studio apartment, based on the $25 rate costs anywhere from $150-$250 if it takes between 3-5 hours to complete the entire job, $375-$525 for a 5-7 hour job and $700-$1000 for a 7-10 hour job. On top of these costs, you still have to pay for additional fees incurred and services you request.
Moving by Yourself?
If you’ve decided to make the move on your own, you’ll need to rent a truck which can cost $30 all the way to $500, depending on the size of the truck and how long you’ll be renting it. You’ll also need to factor in food and gas.
If you aren’t going very far at all, for instance you’re staying in the same neighborhood, moving locally can cost only time and energy if you have such commodities to spare.
How to Save Money on Your Next Move
By now you know the lighter, or fewer, things you have the less money you’ll pay. By starting the moving process early, you can get rid of items and appliances you haven’t used or no longer need. You can donate or sell them. If you decide to sell them, garage sales and consignment shops are great options to make some money that pays for things like packing supplies.
- Use a Packing Container
Instead of hiring movers, you can have a container dropped off in front of your home that you can fill up with all of your things. The company will then take the container and drive it to your new destination where you will be able to unload all of your things before the container is picked back up.
- Bribe Friends and Family
This is the time to call in all those favors you’ve been holding on to. Movers can be expensive if you don’t have the budget but friends and family can be convinced to give up a few hours to help you pack, load or unload things. You can even ask them just to do the one thing you hate most, whether it’s packing or lifting heavy items you are unable to lift on your own.
- Find Free Moving Supplies
There are tons of undamaged cardboard boxes being thrown out behind your favorite restaurant, grocery store and deli. Most places are happy to get rid of the excess boxes in their possession. Seeing as boxes are sold by moving companies for $4 apiece, you can save a good chunk of money by being on the lookout for any boxes. You can also use linens and towels as bubble wrap.
- Choose a Dull Time of the Year
Summer is the busiest time of the year for moving, holidays and the first and last of the month are also some of the most popular times to relocate. Instead of paying more for a moving company when they are in high demand, opt for non-peak moving times, like smack dab in the middle of the week, or winter time. The point is, the less busy moving companies are, the happier they are to compete for your business.
- Pack Yourself
Instead of paying movers $25-$35 an hour to pack all of your things up, you can do this yourself. By starting early and being methodical, you can pack up items you don’t use often and keep packing a little bit every day until your home or apartment is ready for the move.
When packing, another smart move to make is to pack boxes fully. Partially packed boxes cheat you out of moving space and you also put some of your items at risk of being damaged if they are free to bounce around.
- Negotiate a Better Price
The price given doesn’t have to be the one you accept. If you are not moving at a peak time, it’s important to remember that moving prices are never set in stone. You don’t have to be a negotiating whiz to get prices down, here are some tips to get a better price for your upcoming move.
- Get multiple moving quotes and use those to your advantage to drive pricing down. You’re a hot commodity, let them know other moving companies are happy to have your business. This becomes even more effective if you tell them that you’re interested in working with their competitor.
- Be upfront about your desire to work with a particular company but the price just isn’t where you’d like it to be to make the commitment. It’s agony to not be able to have the company you trust more just because of a few dollars they can definitely knock off. Make sure this agony is easy to read in your face and voice. There’s nothing to lose.
- Know what you’re willing to compromise on. Many companies who are serious about their business and yours want to win you over. Try to reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial for all parties which may mean a concession or two on your end.
- Try again tomorrow. Not only is persistence an admirable quality that shows your seriousness, people often change their minds – and movers are people, after all. There’s also a chance a different representative is working that day who is more flexible.
Why Using Our Moving Cost Calculator Makes Sense
With so many factors that go into moving, regardless of how far you’re travelling, Moving APT’s moving cost calculator makes creating a budget easy. Our user-friendly, straightforward form is easy to fill out with enough details to confidently let you know what you’re going to be facing financially during your upcoming move.
It’s important to have a reliable tool that accurately reflects how much you’ll be paying based on the factors listed above plus the many other services we can offer. Moving APT’s experience in the moving business has given us the know-how needed to provide reliable quotes without the hassle and frustration of contacting multiple movers and in-home estimates because we’ve done that work for you.
Instead of stressing out about figuring out the costs of your next move, Moving APT makes it possible to spend time thinking about the joys of moving – new paint colors you want in your bathroom or the much needed extra space for that home office you can’t wait to start working out of.
Most importantly, you are able to confidently look forward to your move with a clearer idea of how to move forward in daily life as the big day gets closer.
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