How Much Are Movers?


If you’re planning a residential move, the first question that you are likely going to ask is: how much are movers? Let’s face it: knowing the anticipated cost to hire movers will help you make all the right decisions during your relocation. You have a lot to consider and keep in mind when you’re moving, but the cost remains the most common concern.

In fact, the cost to hire professional movers can solve that pervasive predicament of whether you should handle the move yourself or hire a moving company for the job. The cost to move depends on a number of factors, including the actual type of move – is it a local or long-distance move? When it comes to moving companies, they charge very specific fees related to each of these types of moves to help determine the final cost of hiring movers. However, this is not the only consideration.

Why Hire Movers?

If you’ve ever had to move before, you’ve likely been faced with the age-old question of whether or not to DIY your move or hire professionals. In nearly all moving situations, especially cross-country moves, you will need a moving company to assist with the most challenging aspects of the relocation.

  • Specialty items. The need for professional movers largely depends on the size of your home and its contents. For instance, if you have a lot of specialty items such as a piano, pool table, hot tub etc., these pieces are incredibly difficult to move and pack. Specialty items require the assistance and expertise of professionals to transport them safely and correctly.
  • When it comes to residential relocations, previous experience is very important. For example, if you have a large four-bedroom house and you’ve never had to move before, you should definitely seek the help of movers. You will save yourself the stress of having to plan, organize, and execute all of the various stages of your move.
  • Time may simply be the deciding factor for hiring professional movers. If you have the time, you may be able to complete a local move by yourself. However, moving long distance or simply having a large home will increase the time it takes to move and if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, you may need some help.

With all of this in mind, your major concern is most likely price. How much is to going to set me back to hire movers? When you’re spending your hard-earned money on a top-rated moving company, you expect them to have professionalism, experience, great customer service, and be reasonably priced. When choosing a professional moving company, these are the qualities that you should look for.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire Movers Locally?

In most cases, local movers charge an hourly rate. Based on local moving cost averages, you can expect to pay between $90 and $120 an hour for the labor, moving team, and the moving truck. For local moves that require labor only, the price drops to roughly $60 to $80 an hour.

Keep in mind, though, the overall local moving cost will vary based on where you live, the state, and the metro area. Regardless, you will be charged an hourly rate for the time that the movers spend on your relocation. This includes packing, wrapping, loading, and the transport from point A to point B. Depending on the pickup location, travel fees may also apply. However, in most cases, this price can be negotiated with the moving company.

When calculating the cost of your local move, the size of your home is a major factor. Your home size will determine roughly how long your move takes and directly impacts the hourly rate. If we consider the average cost of $25 an hour per mover, here are some estimated costs for local moves:

  • Studio apartment with two movers: $150 to $200 total. assuming that the loading, transport, and unloading is done within 3-4 hours.
  • Two-bedroom apartment (or 1000 square foot house) with 3 movers: $375 to $450 total. If completed within 5-6 hours.
  • Three-bedroom apartment (or 2000 square foot house) with 4 movers: $800 to $900 total. If relocation is done within 8-9 hours.

If your home is any larger than the above estimates, you can expect the price to rise substantially. Also, this does not factor in any additional services such as packing, unpacking, or tipping your movers. However, this does give you a good rough idea of how much movers cost locally.

Additional Services

There are a number of additional services provided by professional movers. Most moving companies offer the extra service of packing and unpacking your household goods. If you elect to take advantage of this offer, you can expect to pay roughly $25 to $35 an hour. Most companies include the cost of packing materials in this rate, so you won’t have to worry about that!

If your happy with the way that your movers handled your relocation, tipping is generally appreciated. So long as gratuity isn’t already included in your moving costs, it is customary to tip 10-15% of the total, or $5 per hour per mover. Of course, you can always tip more if you’re very satisfied with their work. It’s just a nice way to thank them for their services and acknowledge that they did a great job!

How Much Does It Cost to Hire Movers Long Distance?

When compared to local moves, there are much more factors that go into the cost of hiring long distance movers. The weight, the distance to your new home, and any additional services will all be factored into the price. You can expect to pay an average of $0.70 for one pound of household items transported roughly 1000 miles away. This estimation does not include any additional services.

In most cases, moving companies will charge you for your long-distance move based on the weight of your entire shipment. These types of moves are calculated on a case by case basis, as each relocation is unique. For the most accurate price, you will need to request an in-home estimate. A representative from your moving company will come out, assess your belongings to be moves, and craft a customized moving quote.

The best way to know how much movers will be for long-distance relocations is to contact the movers for an estimate. However, let’s take a look at some examples to help provide with some approximated costs for moving long distance:

  • Studio apartment: (approximate weight of possessions: 1800 pounds., distance to new home: 1000 miles) around $1200
  • One-bedroom apartment: (approximate weight of possessions: 2200-3200 pounds., distance to new home: 1000 miles) roughly $1500 to $2200
  • Two-bedroom apartment: (approximate weight of possessions: 5000-6000 pounds., distance to new home: 1000 miles) around $3500 to $4200
  • Three-bedroom apartment: (approximate weight of possessions: 9000 pounds., distance to new home: 1000 miles) roughly $6300

Again, these are just example prices for moving long distance with professional movers. The actual price will depend on your individual situation.

For the most accurate estimate, speak with one of the representatives at Three Men And A Truck today by filling out our online form listed at the top of this page! We’ll provide you with a FREE, no-obligation quote for the moving services that you require.

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

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