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Local Mover Cost

How Much Does a Local Mover Cost?

low costLow: $100-$450average costMedium: $600-$1,800

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.
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[1] and what to do before getting estimates[2] .
  • Moving companies may be checked with each state's Public Utilities commissions can verify if movers are licensed and insured.
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These guys did an outstanding job for our family during our move. They were courteous, efficient, hardworking, and nice.
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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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