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How Much Does a Moving Company Cost?

Posted: July 29, 2022
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Whether you hire a moving company or do a complete DIY move, it’ll cost you some money to move. If you hire movers, it’ll cost you more money. On the other hand, hiring a moving company will save you time, headaches, and other problems that arise during a move, which makes it worth it. 

Moving Company Cost Per Type of Move

“The national average cost of moving is about $1,400,” according to Forbes.com. Of course, this range fluctuates between $800-$2,500 for a 2-person local move for less than 100 miles, according to Forbes.com

It’s not a surprise, but a long-distance move will cost you more money than a local move. The range jumps between $2,200-$5,700 for movers, according to Forbes.com

Moving Help Moving Company Cost

Depending on where you live, a local moving company from Moving Help on average can cost you $114-$260 for a 2-person crew where they load or unload your items for two hours. This is an average cost, and Moving Help has moving companies on the Moving Help Marketplace who offer lower and higher prices than the average cost.

Moving companies from Moving Help are labor-only movers, so you’ll still need to provide a truck, furniture pads, and any another moving equipment. 

Cost Factors to Consider

When you hire movers, they’ll be a variety of factors that can help increase or decrease your final cost. With Moving Help, you can get an instant quote of the total cost depending on what services you select for your move. 

Some cost factors to consider when hiring a moving company include: 

  • Are they a labor-only company or a full-service company? 
  • Do they complete local moves only or do they complete local and long-distance moves? 
  • Are you using your moving truck, moving container (Like a U-Haul U-Box container), or using the moving company’s truck? 
  • Do you have any specialty or heavy items? 
  • Do you have stairs? (Moving Help doesn’t allow stair fees.) 
  • Do you need packing services? (A moving company’s packing services can be expensive.) 
  • Do you require other services such as cleaning or unpacking all your belongings? 
  • Do you need help assembling and reassembling furniture? 
  • Size of your home? (A 1-bedroom apartment will be quicker to load than a 4-bedroom house.) 

You’ll need to decide what factors apply to you and which factors you can handle yourself — such as packing — if you don’t want your moving company to take care of it. You’ll also want to get multiple quotes, so you can compare prices. 

What are some general factors when searching for a moving company?

When looking for a moving company, you’ll also have some additional aspects to consider before hiring movers. Some of these aspects include: 

  • Time of year: You’ll want to move during the winter months vs. the summer months.
  • Day of week: It’ll be less busy to move between Monday through Thursday vs. Friday through Saturday. 
  • Holidays and end of the month: It’ll be busy to move around on a holiday, and it’s especially busing during the end of the month period. 
  • Book early: If you don’t book early enough, your moving company might not be available, or you’ll have to pay a higher price. 
  • Same-day moves: If you’re trying to save money, you won’t want to book a moving company for a same-day move because the prices will be higher. 
  • Location: If your area has more movers, you’ll have a wider range of prices from moving companies, which could mean more competitive prices. If your area has fewer movers, you might have to choose among a couple of options. 

These general cost factors can increase or decrease your total cost when selecting a moving company. 

Find a Moving Company in Your Budget

A moving company can cost a little bit or a lot more depending on how many services you need, when you’re moving, what you need help moving to your new home, and other factors. When you search the Moving Help Marketplace, you can find multiple quotes quickly and easily so you can compare each moving company.