How much does a local move cost?
Typical Local Move Costs
- Mover costs: The average cost per mover for a moving company is $25 per hour, plus the truck and materials. Two movers will cost approximately $100 to $120; three movers will cost about $130 to $145; and four movers will run you $160 - $175.
- Packing & unpacking services: The cost for packing and unpacking services is typically separate from local move fees and ranges from $25 to $35 per hour.
- Insurance: Insurance to cover furniture and other items transported during a local move typically costs $.30 per pound.
Low-End Estimate for Local Move
For a standard studio apartment with three movers required: About $260-$580 and 2-4 hours total move time.
High-End Estimate for Local Move
For a 5,000 square foot or larger home with six+ movers required: About $1,800-$2,750 and 8-12 hours total move time.
What To Expect
- Materials: The materials needed for a local move include bubble tape, boxes, drop cloths, packing tape, labels, a dolly or rolling cart, and, if necessary, tools to help disassemble furniture and other items.
- Timing: The duration of a local move depends upon the number and type of items to be transported, number of movers, and distance traveled.
- Mess: There is typically minimal mess involved in the moving process, however, cleanup may be required once items are removed from an apartment or home.
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- Plasma and big screen televisions require extreme care when being moved. Custom boxes for these specialty TVs are typically sold or rented by moving companies. Some moving companies add a surcharge for transporting plasma and big screen televisions.
- The standard tip rate for movers is 7%-15% of the total move cost.
- Many moving rates for weekends and summer months (the peak moving period) are up to 20% higher than rates for other time periods.
Local moves cover a distance of 100 miles or less. There are several factors involved in pricing for local movers, including number of rooms to be moved, type of items transported and distance traveled.