How Much Does a Moving Truck With Movers Cost?

The price for a moving company to facilitate your relocation can vary on a lot of different factors. These factors are what will help determine the amount you spend and the services you choose to go with when you schedule your move. Full-service moving companies often offer discounts when you bundle more than one moving service together.

The Cost of Moving

The price you are looking at spending on a move is determined by the number of rooms you plan on relocating and the distance. Local movers with a moving truck cost a lot less than the long-distance moves, but both are calculated differently. It is important to have the exact addresses available when you call to get a quote.

moving truck and movers

moving truck and movers

Local Moves

Local moves are generally contained in the same town, or under a certain number of miles. These moves are also calculated based on the number of moving specialists, the number of rooms, and the amount of time the move will take.

  • Studio and one-bedroom
    • Using a professional moving service with two moving specialists and a truck can cost close to $200 and take up to four hours to complete.
  • Two-bedroom (approximately 1000 square feet)
    • Professional movers skilled at moving a two-bedroom apartment or home, can cost approximately $450 and take close to six hours to complete if three moving specialists take on the task.
  • Three or more bedrooms (2000 or more square feet)
    • Moves that require specialists to move three or more bedrooms the cost can be close to $1000, and even with four moving specialists, it can take all-day.

Local moves can be stressful, which is why incorporating the help of a moving specialist can make the process go a lot smoother.

Long-Distance Moves

Even though a local move can create unwanted stress, a long-distance move has the capability of creating even more. There are a lot of different factors that play into a long-distance move, and without someone by your side, guiding you through, it is possible to forget something.

Moves of this type are dealt with based on weight and mileage. Moving trucks have to follow the protocols of the Department of Transportation when crossing state lines and driving long distances on the interstate. The general rate for moves of this type is $.60 per pound per 1000 miles of distance.

  • A studio apartment or one-bedroom is estimated to weigh approximately 1800 pounds when a truck has been loaded. The cost of a 1000 mile move would run close to $1200.
  • Two-bedroom apartments or houses weigh close to 6000 pounds, which would run upwards of $4200 to move 1000 miles.
  • Three or more bedrooms weigh-in at 9000 pounds of household goods or higher. These larger types of long-distance moves could run over $6300.

The other factors that can end up causing more costs of long distance movers are if you have your vehicle transported along with the belongings you need to move. Car transport is common with long-distance moves. The company you go with for your move should also be able to accommodate a vehicle traveling situation for you.

Transporting a vehicle is also done by weight and by distance as well. Make sure when you receive a quote for your long-distance move that you ask how much it will cost to transport your vehicle as well.

Add-On Services

No matter the size of the move, full-service moving companies often offer various services that can make your move run more efficiently. These services are offered at an additional cost.

Packing services are often a popular choice among the clientele of professional moving companies. These professional packing specialists are highly trained in safely and securely packing belongings so that they remain safe and secure during transport. These specialists are also good at keeping moves organized.

Unpacking services are often utilized, as well. These unpacking services are when the specialists show up at the destination of the move and put things back where they go once unloaded. These specialists also work to put together the heavy items that have been taken apart for transport.

Additional Charges During a Move

When you hire a professional moving company to move your items for you, there are a few extras that you may end up paying a little extra for. While all moving companies are required to provide a type of general liability insurance for your belongings, there are additional options that you can purchase to cover your move further.

The general liability insurance provided by most moving companies only cover your personal belongings at a fraction of the cost. If you wish to have them fully covered, it can cost you a lot extra. It may not be something that you necessarily need with an in-town move, but for a long-distance move, you will need to make sure that you weigh your options on insurance for your belongings.


It is not a requirement for you to tip your moving specialists, but it is the right thing to do. These specialists are moving all of your belongings, and more than likely, it is in less than a day. For their efficiency and a good job, it is appropriate to offer some sort of tip.

There is not a set amount that you have to spend when providing a tip for the moving specialists of a moving company. Most of these tips end up equaling approximately 10 to 15% of the total moving bill.

When you are ready to distribute the tip, it is customary to hand the tip to each of the moving specialists separately. Don’t just give it to a general foreman. The workers may not get their fair shares that way.

Try Local Companies

Three Men and a Truck offer moving services nationwide. From a single business made by three friends, the company has grown to service multiple locations, even international travel. When looking for a competitive pricing quote for your move, make your first call to Three Men and a Truck. Our expert workers have been in the business for many years and can provide you with the expertise you need to get your belongings where they need to go in one piece.

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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