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How Much Does a Local Mover Cost?

low costLow: $100-$450average costMedium: $600-$1,800
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Moves are considered local when they are within 100 miles and stay inside the state of origin. Local movers generally charge around $25 per hour, per mover, broken into quarter hours. Moving time varies according to the size of the unit, amount of contents and whether the movers are hired to load and unload only or also handle the packing.

Typical costs:

  • A studio apartment takes two movers--at $25 each per hour--an average of 2-4 hours to load, transport and unload for a price of $100-$200.
  • The same service for a 900-square foot two-bedroom apartment with three movers will take 4-6 hours and cost $300-$450.
  • Price for a three-bedroom, 1,750-square foot house using four movers who load, transport and unload, runs $600-$900 and takes about 6-9 hours.
  • A larger home with more than 5,000-square feet will take six or more movers 8-12 hours and is priced around $1,200-$1,800.
Related articles: Long Distance Mover, Moving Truck Rental, Moving Boxes and Supplies, Auto Transport

What should be included:
  • Loading, transport and unloading of all household goods should be included, except for very heavy or fragile pieces -- like big screen TV's -- which require special packing techniques.
  • Tip: offers Help with packing[1] .
Additional costs:
  • Packing and unpacking services are available for $25-$35 per hour, plus the cost of packing material.
  • Plasma TVs may be shipped locally for no extra cost if they are in their original packaging. If that is not available a special plasma TV packing box is available for rent at around $50. Older style large screen, non-plasma TVs may require extra manpower to load, which would increase the cost by about $25 per hour.
  • Summer and weekends are priced from 20% higher.
  • Stairs, long or difficult distances from the truck to the door are priced higher.
  • Tipping is common for movers and runs $3-$5 per hour or 7-15% of the total move cost.
  • Insurance for a move runs about 30 cents per pound.
Shopping for a local mover:
  • The American Moving and Storage Association explains how to plan a move[2] and what to do before getting estimates[3] .
  • Moving companies may be checked for past complaints through the Better Business Bureau[4] and each state's Public Utilities commissions can verify if movers are licensed and insured.
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Amount: $475.00
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Mover: On Call Movers
They were efficient.Well Dressed and very reasonable. The owners and even the woman in the office were polite and extremely helpful. I will use them again
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Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: miamour in bellevue, WA.Posted: February 18th, 2015 12:02AM
Mover: the clutter bug company
TCBC was outstanding. They came in and not only packed up my entire 6 bedroom 3 bath house in two day. But they also helped me purge my items, and organize them In My new home. nothing broke and i cpuld locate everything nice and easily.
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Fantastic Job Done very Efficient and Professional
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Bob in Hamilton Ontario in Hamilton, Other.Posted: March 22nd, 2013 05:03PM
3 Men for $ 110.00. We had a 3 bedroom home to move, They were there on time, Worked non-stop and efficiently. They wrapped all of my furniture that needed wrapping. Nothing was damaged, We are very happy and satisfied and would recommend them to friends and family and use them in the near future.
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Good job, higher price than expected
Amount: $1,020.00
Posted by: Scotty in Sacramento, CA.Posted: February 13th, 2013 08:02AM
Mover: Two Men and a Truck
I had a 2 bdrm home moved. All items were broken down and everything was packed in boxes before they came. The move took about 9 hours for 2 guys. I feel that the move was a little slower than expected, but on the good side, we only had 2 dishes as casualties...
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OK Job moving from NYC to MA
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Nunya in Canton, MA.Posted: June 7th, 2012 08:06AM
Mover: Eagle Van Lines ( NJ)
The price was reasonable. The men were very friendly and worked quickly but they were not the most attentive when it came to where the boxes should go. I spent extra hours moving boxes from the wrong room to the room that it was labeled. This was exhausting to find kitchen boxes buried and stacked hap-hazardly in my bedroom but in their defense I do own alot of stuff and I think they were just trying to do a speedy job. They dinged a few of my fairly inexpensive IKEA- style furniture pieces which to be honest can you really expect a big move not to result in a few marks. They did 'temporariliy' lose a few loose items like shelves to bookcases and hanging chains for plant holders etc. by tosses them in random boxes when they fell from their original placement (where they were packed, or came loose while moving.) This made looking for them like a needle in a haystack. Overall- they did an OK job, they were timely, they worked fast, were very kind and professional just not as gentle, attentive as I would have liked.
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Amount: $300.00
Posted by: A user in Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: March 29th, 2012 07:03PM
Mover: Dee's Moving Service
I needed movers A.S.A.P. (call was short notice.)Those guys worked fast but carful. Nothing damaged so i was very pleased.$50 for two workers, i couldn't beat that with a 5 hour job. When i need to again are friends i will tell them about Dee's Moving Service
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moving great
Amount: $4.00
Posted by: antdog in Gulf Breeze, FL.Posted: July 13th, 2011 02:07PM
Mover: chosen one movers
The move was $90 an hour. The way the guys worked made it seem like they were not working by the hour. They were very and did not damage any of my items. I moved into a storage and I when I move into my new home, I will be using them.
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A Lacal Move (3 miles away)
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: KE in Troy, MI.Posted: January 3rd, 2011 10:01PM
Mover: Two Men and a Truck
$99/hour for two men and a truck. The stop watch started when they left their office. They used various items to protect furniture and moved them very carefully. They worked hard but not remarkably. Since I had moved all moving boxes and disassembled all large items by myself beforehand, it was nicer if they could finish within 2.5 hours. I moved from 2 bedroom townhouse to a similar property.
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Great Experience with Stallion Movers in Denver
Amount: $735.00
Posted by: Andrew Trume in Denver, CO.Posted: August 9th, 2010 09:08PM
Mover: Stallion Moving Services
These guys did an outstanding job for our family during our move. They were courteous, efficient, hardworking, and nice.
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Great Denver Movers
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Bob G. in Highlands Ranch, CO.Posted: May 18th, 2010 08:05PM
Mover: Stallion Moving Services LLC
Prompt Affordable Service also means great care when you work with these folks. I hired Stallion Moving Services on very short notice to completely pack and load my entire 6 bedroom home into boxes and then 5 pods. Not only did it come together remarkably fast, but not a thing was damaged. These guys worked incredibly hard at a steady pace. They have my highest recommendation.
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Amount: $1,050.00
Posted by: a user in Denver, CO.Posted: April 14th, 2010 10:04PM
Mover: First Class Movers
These men were unbelievable. Ian and Justin worked all day non-stop 3rd floor apt. like superheros.
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