Moving Help By The Hour​

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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. It could be a local craigslist mover or a nationwide company. You can easily find local movers for 1 hour, 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 professional movers by the hour for a short period rather than moving today. Local moving companies will gladly offer you moving help by the hour and move as much or little as you need. Some have minimums, but you can find plenty of moving men 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 moving labor to transport the big articles. Having someone else handle the most difficult pieces is a relief and doesn’t have to be expensive.

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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 hiring one hour movers from a reputable company.

How Much Does Moving Help by the Hour Cost? Moving Companies Hourly Rate

The price you pay for local professional moving help 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 moving rates per hour 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 moving crew as well. 15% is expected, although any gratuity depends on the quality of service provided.

How long does it take The Moving Crew 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.

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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.

Hiring Small Job Movers Near Me

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. When hiring small job movers near you, 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.

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How Do I Know The Hourly 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Three Men and a Truck has decided to offer hourly moving as an option for clients with a few items to move within a small area. If you have furniture to pick up or just need to carry a few large things into storage, we built this service just for you.

Hourly moves are usually time-sensitive, and while we can provide moving options for a single or multi-day move, you are much better off choosing our Daily Move options since you will save on costs. We reserve hourly move services for individuals who need emergency moving services and those who don’t need to hire a truck for an entire day.

Usually, because of the constraints of the service, we offer moves within a local or regional setting with our hourly service. If you’re looking to move farther afield, you’re welcome to check out our classic moving options, including those that cater to one-day moves. Give Three Men and a Truck a call today to find out more.

The cost will vary based on the number of resources your move needs. Since we want to be efficient with our moving, we offer a wide range of options for our clientele with a related price structure. These are:

  • Two movers w/ one truck: $100 per hour
  • Three movers w/ one truck: $145 per hour
  • Four movers w/ one truck: $190 per hour
  • Four movers w/ two trucks: $200 per hour

If you have specific needs for your move, give us a call directly, and we’ll help you sort it out.

Most times, no. These hourly rates are for small moves, specifically within a region or locale. Moving between cities usually takes a lot of time and will tie up resources that could be otherwise put to other use. Our long-distance and cross-state moving options can offer you a great alternative. Give us a call today to get a free quote.

No. Our teams are skilled in transporting items and packages, both large and small. If you have even something as small as a baseball that you’d like to hire us to move, we’d be more than happy to offer you our services.

While it’s not necessary, it is a nice gesture. Ideally, you’d tip 15% to the movers, but that’s relative since your gratuity should be based on how well they performed in their jobs. Because of this incentive, our crews work to ensure that they perform above expectations.

This time constraint depends on how much you plan to move and how far away the destination is. In most cases, hourly moves are made within a small city area, allowing you to get your stuff moved in a minimum of time. The time constraint also takes into account the traffic in the region. To speed up the move, you can pack all the items that you can load to carry separately on your own. This additional packaging will mean less overhead for your move and make sure it gets to your destination faster.

Our teams can do packing and loading as part of the service, but it will add to the time that they’re spending on your job and increase your overhead. Performing the packing yourself will save some time and get the job done faster.

Unloading is another of the services we offer as part of the hourly moving service. Unloading doesn’t mean unpacking, however. Most clients prefer to unbox and pack away their items themselves, but our teams will get them safely into the house so you can open the boxes and packages at your leisure.

It’s challenging to estimate something like this since it differs from job to job. Each move is unique, although on average, it takes our team about four hours to pack up and move a three-bedroom house.

Aside from the cost for movers and a truck, estimates usually gauge other things like how difficult the job is to complete. Moving companies typically charge for long carries, where the distance between the truck and the destination is extensive. They may also charge extra costs for each flight of stairs they have to go up. If you have added stops, such as at a storage facility, they will charge you per stop. Getting an estimate comes down to knowing the details of the move.

We can include the cost of disassembling and reassembling furniture as part of the cost of the estimate. Some pieces of furniture are simply too large to be transported whole. Instead, they must be taken apart and put back together at the destination. We’ll do that for you, but include it in the cost of the move.

Moving companies have peak and off-peak seasons. The best time to check a moving company for a small move is the off-peak season. Since demand is low, they’ll probably offer you a better price on your activity. Three Men and a Truck are dedicated to ensuring that you get the best option for your move, and checking us in off-peak season guarantees we’ll have resources to help you with your mini-move.

Most of the moves that we handle are end-of-the-month moves as people switch apartments to take advantage of a new lease. Weekends are also the time most people are available to move. Moving on weekends and end of the month is to be expected for a moving company, and demand is usually high at those times.

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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