If you are looking to hire a professional mover, then that means you have already completed your preparation for the move. The estimated cost will help you pick a mover efficiently. However, the cost depends on many important factors. For example, for a local move the cost of a mover will be less than an interstate or long distance move. More importantly, the cost to hire a professional will solve your inner dilemma of thinking if you should do it yourself or take the services of a mover.
Below we discussed in details of how do movers cost for a local or long-distance move and other aspects you should consider with them. Now, let’s not waste any more time and get on with it.
How much does it cost for local move?
If you are moving out from your home do you know how much does it cost for local move? If you are moving within 100 miles, then the movers would most likely charge by the hour. On average if you hire 2 man, and a truck then you can expect to pay between $90 and $110 per hour. If you are moving close with moving labor only (without truck) it will cost you about $60 to $80 per hour.
However, you should keep in mind that depending on the area you live, metro or state, and the company you hire the moving cost will vary. Also, the movers will charge you hourly the moment they start working on your move that includes wrapping, moving, and the time to transport the items from one place to another. The size of your home also affects the cost of the move as well. If you are paying $25 per hour to each mover, then below are the approximate cost of your local move.
- Hiring two local movers to move out from a studio apartment and if the entire moving process finishes within 3-4 hours it will cost you about $150-$200.
- Hiring three local movers to move out from a 2-bedroom apartment or house that’s about 1000 square feet and if the moving process finishes within 5-6 hours it cost you between $375-$450.
- Hiring a four member local movers to move out from a 3-bedroom apartment or house that’s about 2000 square feet and if the moving process finishes within 8-9 hours it will cost you between $800-$900.
- If the residence you are moving out from is bigger than the above ones then you will need to pay a significant price for the move. However, the above examples can help you get an idea of the approximate price for a local move so you don’t get charged more than what’s necessary.
How much does it cost for long-distance (interstate) move
A long-distance or interstate move is any move from one state to another. Long distance move is largely different from a local move where the client is charged hourly whereas in an interstate move the mover will charge you by pounds. Yes, the weight of the items you are taking along with the move. In most cases, you can expect to pay about $0.70 for 1 pound of a household goods to be moved to a location in 1000 miles. This cost does not include additional services. Most cross country movers will charge you based on your shipment and the distance of your move along with various service charges and fees.
It’s important to take note that a long distance move depends on various factors and you should make an in-house estimate with the mover before starting the actual work. This will allow you to get an idea of how much you will be expected to spend and if it’s within your budget or not. However, you should also take caution if a mover’s estimated price is way lower than other because that may be a sign of fraud. In any case, here are the estimated prices for a cross country or interstate move.
- If you are moving out from a studio apartment with approx. goods weight about 1800 lbs with the distance to your new residence 1000 miles, it should cost you about $1200.
- If you are moving out from a 1 bedroom apartment with your household goods weight approx. 2200-3200 lbs with the distance to your new residence 1000 miles, it should cost you between $1500-$2200.
- If you are moving out from a 2 bedroom apartment with your household goods weight approx. 5000-6000 lbs with the distance to your new residence 1000 miles, it should cost you between $3500-$4200.
- If you are moving out from a 3 bedroom apartment with your household goods weight approx. 9000 lbs with the distance to your new residence 1000 miles, it should cost you around $6300.
You should always keep additional costs in mind such as tips, wrapping, moving supplies, etc. Moving out cannot be said as fun, but it can be hassle free if you hire a professional moving company.