If you’re going to be moving from your apartment and you’re planning on using apartment moving services from Three Men And A Truck to help, you’re in the right place.

In this guide, we’ll provide you with an overview of the steps you should take before your move – from a month before you move all the way to your moving day. Learn more below!

How much will it cost?

The cost of moving from one apartment to another will depend on several factors. The two most significant determinants are your home’s size (which impacts how much stuff you have) and how far you are going. If you have a small apartment and are moving a short distance, it might only cost a few hundred dollars. Moving the contents of a large apartment across the country will be significantly more—several thousand dollars.

The other complication in some apartment jobs is the layout. If you have a twisting staircase (either interior or exterior), it can add to the difficulty of moving some of the furniture. Narrow hallways can make moving large items like sectional sofas more challenging. These are great reasons to hire a mover but can add to the overall labor. If you live in a high rise, parking restrictions or elevator waiting times may add to your cost as well.

Hourly apartment moving rates

Movers charge by the hour for some services and by weight for others. Local jobs are usually priced with a calculation for how long the job will take to complete. For example, if we need “Three Men and a Truck” for 3 hours to load up your apartment, 1 hour to drive, and 2 hours to unload at the new apartment, we will charge you for six hours. Now, let’s estimate that the all-inclusive price for the truck and labor is $175 per hour: the grand total for your local move will be $1,050.

But if you also want us to do some of the packing, we won’t charge $175 an hour for that. We charge around $30 per hour for each packer, and that includes the boxes, packing paper, and free use of those clever wardrobe boxes that make transferring your clothes so simple. If we do 5 hours of packing, that will add $150 to your price. Crating fragile items, furniture disassembly, and reassembly, and similar services will also be billed at a lower rate.

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Local Apartment Moves

A local apartment move is probably going to cost between $500 and $1,000 for most situations. Hourly charges will vary somewhat from offseason to peak, and it’s a bit less to move during the week than on a weekday. Remember, the price quote we give you will break it down by the hourly cost and any additional services, plus extra fees if we have to charge for stairs, elevators, parking issues, or any other obstacles.

You can always lower your cost by reducing the size of the load. If you have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items before the move, that’s a better idea than moving things and then sorting through them later. If you are thinking of getting new furniture, don’t pay to move the old items and then upgrade. And being ready to go with boxes organized and stacked near the front door is quite helpful.

Long Distance Apartment Moving

Long distance moving is not inexpensive, even if you are moving from one apartment to another. The cost to move across the country will vary from less than $2,000 to over $5,000, depending on how much of the U.S. you are crossing, and of course, how big your place is. Some starting cities are more expensive, too, because of local labor costs. The moving specialist will explain how the pricing works, and the rep we send to your apartment will provide you with an estimate based on the forecast weight and the distance.

Sometimes, the destination apartment’s layout can trigger a fee that we didn’t know about in advance. Luckily, this doesn’t happen too often, but our tariff (you’ll get that with the estimate) will describe the possibilities. Usually, it’s a problem with parking in front of the building or waiting for an elevator if we aren’t allowed to reserve it.

When we move you long distance, we always keep in touch to let you know where your stuff is and when to expect us. We know how important that is to you. It’s important to us, too, because we want to be sure someone will be at the new apartment so we can make the delivery on time.

Door to Door services

Door to door moving is full service or basic moving service delivered by a moving company. It can be either local or long distance, but it is a direct delivery from your original apartment to your new apartment home. The level of service agreed on is up to you and your budget, and your preference. You can pack on your own and then have the movers do the rest. Or you can engage the professionals to complete the packing, moving, and even unpack and place your items into their new places in the destination (with some guidance or suggestions from you.)

Storage space

Putting your goods into temporary storage during the move could be part of your plan or a last-minute hiccup. Still, either way, the mover you select for the project must be able to accommodate the need if it arises. Suppose that you are moving into a new apartment, and while you are on your way across the country, you get word that your new home isn’t going to be ready on the anticipated date? You need to pivot and ask the mover to deliver your goods into their storage facility until the problem is resolved.

Another common need for storage is when you are moving for work and unsure of which neighborhood in a new city you want to settle in. You have to leave the old home, and you probably have a temporary housing arrangement, but you aren’t sure where your next “permanent” home will be. The best answer is to send most or all your belongings to storage while you explore the community and scout out potential areas to settle in.

Coupons for apartment moving

Fall Special

10% off and 20 complimentary boxes with two bedroom move

Spring special

No drive time charge with a 5-hour minimum (within 20 miles)

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Reviews of our services

I hired Three Men and a Truck to handle my apartment move, and I have been telling all my friends what a great job the crew did. It was totally worth the price, and more. They were so quick, but they were really careful, too. They asked me where to put things and even labeled the boxes I hadn’t gotten around to. I was totally impressed with how they handled the heavy stuff, and nothing got damaged—nothing! It was the easiest move I’ve ever had. Thanks, Guys.

Janet R.

This was one of those nightmare moves, but the Three Men and a Truck team didn’t seem the least bit bothered. I had stuff everywhere (I know, I waited too long to get serious about packing), and then I decided to donate a bunch of things, so I kept saying “no, not that,” and they just rolled with it. We worked out a system where I pointed, and they loaded. After they loaded everything I said, we walked back through the apartment to make sure I didn’t change my mind again. If they were tired of me, they hid it well. Then, the driver had the scheduler call me to see if I wanted them to take the donation stuff to the drop-off! It was service beyond what I paid for.

Cindy D.

My company paid for my move, and I had never used a real moving company before. I have only wonderful things to say about Three Men and a truck. From start to finish, it was first-class. I hope the next time I have to move, I can use their service again because this was the easiest move ever. I didn’t have to do a thing, and the guys were so hard-working and professional. My compliments and thanks to all involved.

Albert W.

We sent Three Men and a Truck to move our son’s stuff out of his apartment share into storage for the summer and ship some of it back “home.” I wasn’t there, but I know my son, and I have no doubt that it was all over the place. He had just finished exams, so I would be surprised if he did any serious packing. The Three Men crew boxed it up and got it taken care of, made the deadline for getting it out of there, and he was happy.

Anna P.

What Should I Do A Month Before My Apartment Move?

A month before you move, you should start getting rid of stuff you don’t need, packing up non-essentials, notify your landlord and utilities, and book apartment moving services from a moving company.

We highly recommend taking this time to get organized, and begin selling, throwing away, or donating stuff that you don’t need so that you can save on the cost of your move. This is also a great time to start packing up your non-essentials.

You should already have notified your landlord by now. Most landlords require one month of notice, but others may need longer – consult with your lease to find out more.

Notifying your utility companies is also a good idea, so that you will not be double-booked for utilities. You can often set up utilities at your new apartment during this time as well, saving you some work when you make your move.

Finally, make sure you book the services of a moving company to help you with the moving process. The earlier, the better – don’t wait until the last minute, or you may have trouble getting help.

What Should I Do Two Weeks Before My Apartment Move?

Two weeks before you move, you should begin packing up most of your stuff, working through your remaining food and perishables, cleaning up your apartment, and fixing anything that’s damaged.

By now, you should be able to pack up most of the stuff you don’t use on a daily basis. We also recommend taking a look at your grocery situation, and planning meals to use as much of your refrigerated and frozen food as possible, so that you don’t waste food during your move. Canned, dry, and pantry food items can be brought with you.

You should also start cleaning up your apartment room-by-room, and fixing anything you need to, like holes in the wall, stains, scratches on the floor, and other such things. This ensures you’ll get your deposit back.

What Should I Do A Week Before My Apartment Move?

A week before your move, you should finish packing everything except your daily essentials, change your address with all relevant organizations, and confirm your moving date.

By making sure all of your stuff is packed by a week before you move, you can decrease stress as your moving day gets closer. It’s also a good idea to wait to change your address until a week before your move to minimize the chances of mail getting sent to the wrong address.

In addition, make sure you confirm your moving date with your apartment moving company, and coordinate the logistics of your move.

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What Should I Do On My Apartment Moving Day?

You should clear out your pantry and freezer, work with your moving company to load up your stuff, clean the apartment one last time, and do a once-over for any items that may have been left behind.

Your landlord will require you to remove all of your food from the home, so do so. Dry food can be kept, and you can either throw away refrigerated or frozen food, or store it in a cooler and take it to your new home if you’re moving a short distance.

In addition, make sure to work with your movers to supervise your move, and verify that all of your stuff has been loaded onto the truck. Before they leave, do a final once-over of your apartment to check for anything that could have been left behind. You may also want to clean your apartment a final time to ensure you get your full deposit back.

Follow This Checklist And Make The Move-Out Process Easier!

Even if you get apartment moving services to help with the process, moving out of an apartment can be tough. So follow this guide to make it easier. And if you need help moving from your current apartment, contact us online or give us a call.

Cost & Time Examples For Moving

To / From Distance Studio 1 BR 2 BR
Anaheim, CA to Washington D.C 2262 $2714.4 – $3166.8 $3053.7 – $3845.4 $4071.6 – $4976.4
Chicago, IL to Anaheim, CA 2091 $2509.2 – $2927.4 $2822.85 – $3554.7 $3763.8 – $4600.2
Anaheim, CA to Seattle, WA 1161 $1393.2 – $1625.4 $1567.35 – $1973.7 $2089.8 – $2554.2
Atlanta, GA to Bakersfield CA 2190 $2628 – $3066 $2956.5 – $3723 $3942 – $4818
Bakersfield CA to Detroit, MI 2296 $2755.2 – $3214.4 $3099.6 – $3903.2 $4132.8 – $5051.2
Jacksonville, FL to Chula Vista, CA 2339 $2806.8 – $3274.6 $3157.65 – $3976.3 $4210.2 – $5145.8
Chula Vista, CA to Oklahoma City, OK 1312 $1574.4 – $1836.8 $1771.2 – $2230.4 $2361.6 – $2886.4
Fremont, CA to Tulsa, OK 1706 $2047.2 – $2388.4 $2303.1 – $2900.2 $3070.8 – $3753.2
Austin, TX to Huntington Beach, CA 1374 $1648.8 – $1923.6 $1854.9 – $2335.8 $2473.2 – $3022.8
Atlanta, GA to Long Beach, CA 2186 $2623.2 – $3060.4 $2951.1 – $3716.2 $3934.8 – $4809.2
Los Angeles, CA to Durham, NC 2518 $3021.6 – $3525.2 $3399.3 – $4280.6 $4532.4 – $5539.6
Little Rock, AR to Oakland, CA 1954 $2344.8 – $2735.6 $2637.9 – $3321.8 $3517.2 – $4298.8
Tulsa, OK to Oxnard, CA 1488 $1785.6 – $2083.2 $2008.8 – $2529.6 $2678.4 – $3273.6
Cincinnati, OH to Sacramento, CA 2273 $2727.6 – $3182.2 $3068.55 – $3864.1 $4091.4 – $5000.6

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and other factors. Get a quote custom tailored to you.

Popular Areas We Service

Three Men And A Truck services moves nationwide. Below are some of the most popular areas we work in, and have movers and moving trucks ready to assist:

New York City Austin Boston Milwaukee Raleigh
Los Angeles Jacksonville El Paso Albuquerque Miami
Chicago Fort Worth Nashville Tucson Long Beach
Houston Columbus Detroit Fresno Virginia Beach
Phoenix Charlotte Oklahoma City Mesa Oakland
Philadelphia San Francisco Portland Sacramento Minneapolis
San Antonio Indianapolis Las Vegas Atlanta Tulsa
San Diego Seattle Memphis Kansas City Tampa
Dallas Denver Louisville Colorado Springs Arlington
San Jose Washington Baltimore Omaha New Orleans

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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