Movers By The Hour
How can I find a one-hour mover near me?
If you are looking for a 1-hour mover, it could be because you are moving in a hurry, or just trying to move a few items. Whatever the reason, it’s essential to identify the best mover for the job. Local hourly movers are abundant, and there are some great companies out there, but how do you separate the good from the sketchy?
Let’s assume that you are looking for movers for a short period, rather than moving today. Local moving companies will gladly offer you an hourly rate and move as much or little as you need. Some have minimums, but you can find plenty who will move one item. You will not be the first person who engaged a moving company to transport just a piano—it is beyond most people’s ability to do without help. It is common for people moving locally to manage part of the move themselves, perhaps making several trips with small items and boxes, and then to hire a moving company to transport the big articles. Having someone else handle the most difficult pieces is a relief and doesn’t have to be expensive.
Local moving companies are most likely small businesses. Almost half of the 7000 movers in the US employ less than five people. The vendor may or may not be affiliated with a national van line or operate as a chain franchisee. Either way, it is up to you to perform the research and ensure that you are contracting with a reputable company.
How much do hourly movers charge?
The price you pay for a local move is going to depend in part on where you live since labor is the primary determinant. But as a national average, you can expect the following:
- Two movers with one truck: $100 per hour
- Three movers with one truck: $145 per hour
- Four movers with one truck: $190 per hour
- Four movers with two trucks: $200 per hour
The total cost to complete your move will vary according to the number of things you are moving. While long-distance moves are charged based on the load’s weight, local moves are priced on labor—the length of time it takes to load up the truck, drive to the destination, and unload. Of course, if you add services like packing and crating, that takes more time.
Don’t forget that it is customary to tip the movers as well. 15% is expected, although any gratuity depends on the quality of service provided.
How long does it take to move my stuff?
Again, the answer depends on how much stuff you have. When planning a move, one thing to keep in mind is to reduce what you are taking with you. Remember Marie Kondo? Look at everything you own and decide what you want to keep and what you can dispose of by donating or discarding. If you still have boxes that you haven’t opened since the last time you moved, this is the time to get rid of whatever is in them. Go through your closets, cupboards, and especially the garage and be thoughtful about the decisions. Once you have completed the downsizing process, you can estimate the time it will take to pack and load what you have left. You can decide whether you want to pack on your own or have the movers handle that as well. You might get a head start on the packing while you are sorting.
If you do the packing, professional movers can load the contents of a three-bedroom house in approximately 4 hours and unload it at the destination in about three hours. A smaller place will take less time, and a larger home requires more. All of this is subject to individual variations, but it goes quickly.
So, back to that cost estimate. If you have a 3-bedroom house full of stuff (let’s assume packed boxes and ordinary furniture) and you hire two movers with one truck, they should be able to load and unload in about seven hours, plus drive time. You pay for that drive time in most states, and in California, you pay double drive time if the trip is over ten miles. Let’s add an hour for driving, and we have eight hours at $100 per hour. The total is $800, plus any additional services, and taxes, plus tip.
What are the additional services they will charge for?
You want to find out in advance when you are getting your estimates, but there are some fees to be aware of. Movers charge for long carries, which means if the distance they must carry things from your door to where they park the truck is over a specific number of feet, they may charge you more. They may add a fee if you have stairs or an elevator and if they need to disassemble and reassemble any furniture. If you ask the mover to stop at a storage unit or another residence, they will charge an extra fee for those stops. If you aren’t ready when they arrive, you can expect to pay a wait time charge.
What if I do want a mover for just one hour?
Whether you want a mover for one hour or a more extensive move, you can find one to complete the work for you. It may be easier to hire a moving company for a small job when it isn’t peak season, or if you can be flexible in your timing. Movers are busier on weekends and during the summer since that is when most people prefer to move. Local moves are even more likely to occur at month-end when people switch from one rental to another. If you want to hire a mover for a smaller job, you may be able to get a better price if you offer to fill a time slot that they have available, instead of asking for a specific day.
How do I know the mover is legitimate?
Do your research before choosing a moving company, no matter how quickly you need one, or how small the move is. Check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau), which maintains information about complaints against companies. Ask every company for references when you get an estimate and call those references. Don’t rely on reviews—those can be fabricated or paid for. Make sure that you can speak to recent customers. Get an in-person estimate and compare quotes from at least three movers before you choose one. Ensure that the quotes make sense and that the representatives of the company seem honest and straightforward. If the company does not want to provide you with a written estimate based on a visual survey of the move parameters, you should find another company to hire. They should also provide you with information about insurance protection and dispute resolution. A reputable long distance moving company will never ask you to sign a blank document, and will not ask for payment in advance, or a large cash deposit.