How Much Does it Cost to Move? Calculating Your Moving Price

When you’re planning a moving budget, it helps to know how much it will cost to move. While this number depends on the size of your home, your moving company, and the distance you’re moving, there are some industry averages that will help guide your move. Costs like packing supplies, your moving date, and moving insurance will all impact the final price.

Follow this guide to learn about moving costs and estimate how much it will cost for you to move to your new home.

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On average, how much does it cost to move?

Local moves

The average cost for a local move ranges from about $350 for a one bedroom apartment to $1,500 for a four-bedroom home. Moving companies determine their prices for different home sizes based on the average weight of the household goods and the number of hours it takes to load and unloaded them.

Long-distance moves

Moving companies also take distance into account for long-distance moves. The average price for long-distance moves ranges from about $1,050 for a one bedroom apartment to $5,000 for a four-bedroom home.

For a breakdown of how much it costs to move, check out this moving cost guide organized by house size, hours of labor, and moving distance.

One Bedroom

  • Local: $200-$500
    • 3-5 hours of labor
  • Long-distance: $900-$1,200
    • Average distance: 1,000 miles

Two bedrooms

  • Local: $375-$750
    • 5-6 hours of labor
  • Long-distance: $2,000-$3,000
    • Average distance: 1,000 miles

Three bedrooms

  • Local: $800-$1,500
    • 7-10 hours of labor
  • Long-distance: $3,500-$5,000
    • Average distance: 1,000 miles

Four bedrooms and up

  • Local: $1,000-$2,000
    • 10+ hours of labor
  • Long-distance: $4,000-$6,000
    • Average distance: 1,000 miles

Find the best moving price

With these estimates as a pricing guide, you’re ready to begin your search for a reputable moving company. Here is a tool to help find reliable moving companies in your area that are guaranteed to provide exceptional service.

In order to provide an accurate quote and determine how much it will cost for you to move, the moving companies you choose may suggest a free in-home estimate. They may also offer an online estimate for smaller moves. We suggest getting at least three estimates in order to compare prices and find the moving company that works best for you. Here is a guide to help you prepare for your estimate.

In addition to your basic moving costs, there are other elements that will influence your moving budget. Consider these additional expenses that will affect how much it will cost for you to move.

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Moving date

Both the day of the week and the time of year are factors in how much it will cost you to move. Weekend moving dates and moves during the summer are more expensive because of the volume of people moving. Booking your moving date in advance, on weekdays, or during winter months can help secure a lower price.

Packing supplies

The price of common packing supplies like boxes, tape, plastic bins, and stretch wrap can add up when you’re preparing for your move. Ask your moving company about prices for packing supplies or plan to purchase them yourself. Here are some great places to find free moving boxes and save on your moving costs.

Professional packing

Many moving companies offer professional packing or crating services to help prepare fragile items before they go onto the moving truck. Crating involves building custom wooden boxes around fragile or irregularly shaped furniture to protect it during the move. These services are recommended for long-distance moves or moves that involve warehouse storage, but it can also be applicable to short-distance moves as well.

While packing services will increase how much it costs for you to move, they are invaluable to people who are moving at the last minute. Ask your moving company about their packing pricing or check out our packing guide if you decide to tackle the task yourself.

Specialty items

Preparing specialty items for your move may come with an additional moving cost. Items like pianos, pool tables, safes, and art may be flagged with an extra fee to protect them during the move. Your moving company may also offer crating, furniture disassembling, protective stretch wrap, felt pads, and mattress bags to protect your items. Here is a guide to packing fragile items yourself.

Be aware, there are also some items moving companies won’t move. Appliances like refrigerators, ice machines, and washing machines may require additional care to disconnect or move. Other items a moving company won’t move include plants, alcohol, propane tanks, and household chemicals. Ask your moving company about their policy regarding these items.

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Moving insurance

As a customer, you should feel protected when you hire a moving company to deliver your personal possessions to your new home. Moving insurance is designed to protect you during the move and is recommended or required by most moving companies. Here’s what you need to know about how much moving costs with moving insurance.

Check your homeowners insurance policy

Before you search for moving insurance, check to see if your current homeowners insurance policy includes moving insurance. This may save you an additional moving cost. Talk to your insurance agent about what protections your current policy offers.

Moving companies offer these moving insurance options:

Released value protection

This basic moving insurance coverage is required by federal law, offered at no additional charge, and insures your belongings based on their weight. That means your policy pays 60 cents per pound for an item whether it’s a dinner plate or a TV. Use this policy as a baseline when deciding to purchase additional coverage.

Full-value protection

The more comprehensive moving insurance policy is full-value protection. If an item is damaged during the move, this policy covers the current market value of the item, a replacement with a similar item, or the cost to repair the item. The exact replacement procedure of this policy varies, so ask about your moving company’s replacement policy.

Separate liability insurance

Some moving companies will offer to sell or accept additional liability insurance. These policies are purchased separately and their liability varies from state to state. With this insurance, the moving company is liable for the released value protection policy mentioned above and your insurance policy is responsible for the rest. Check out some of the coverage options that are available.

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Tipping

Like many service industry jobs, tipping is not mandatory but it is appreciated by moving professionals and reflects a customer’s appreciation of a job well done. Expect to budget 5% to 10% of your total moving cost for smaller local moves and 15% to 20% for larger long-distance moves. The tip can then be distributed amongst your moving crew.

Your happiness with their level of service, the number of hours worked, and if the crew moved any particularly heavy items should factor into your decision. Here’s some more advice on how much to tip your moving crew.

Becoming an educated consumer, who knows what moving costs to expect, will help make your move easier and more affordable. Armed with this moving information, you have the tools to determine how much it will cost to move to your home. Happy moving day!


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