Moving Cost Calculator Ontario

Moving Cost Calculator Ontario


Almost everyone understands that the cost to move can be pretty pricey. However, very few know exactly how these costs are determined. If you’re planning a move in Ontario, you may have found yourself wondering how you can estimate your moving costs and budget accordingly. While hiring a moving company can help simplify the physical act of moving, it is often associated with a bit of financial stress. However, we’re here to help alleviate that for you.

Fortunately, we’ve outlined a number of tips that can help shed some light on the moving cost-calculating process. That way, you will walk into your next move with a better insight on what you can expect to spend.

Consider the Distance

The first factor you’ll want to consider when you’re trying to estimate moving costs is how far you will be moving from your current home. Are you moving across Canada to Ontario, or simply planning a local move to the opposite side of town? The distance of your move has a huge impact on moving costs. In fact, moving companies generally charge differently based on whether your move is local or long-distance.

If you’re moving locally in Ontario, your moving company will estimate your costs based on the time spent and the number of movers needed to execute your move. For local moves, you’re essentially paying an hourly wage. These types of moves will almost always have a minimum required amount of time – typically between one and two hours. Then, the price will increase after that.

On the other hand, if you’re moving long-distance, these moves are described as any relocation that is over 700 kilometers like an intra-provincial move or cross-country relocation. In this instance, moving costs are calculated a bit differently. The majority of professional moving companies will charge based on weight and distance.

How Much Does It Cost to Move?

Aside from distance, the overall size of your home is the biggest factor when you’re calculating the cost to move. Think of it this way: the more stuff you have, the longer it will take for your movers to complete the job. Since local moves are charged on an hourly basis, the longer your move takes, the higher your moving costs. In most cases, the hourly rate that a moving company charges will also factor in the moving truck rental.

With that said, we’ve outlined some average moving prices based on average hourly rates charged by local moving companies in Ontario. Keep in mind that these costs are just estimates and they do not include additional services and fees you might incur like those associated with professional packing, storage, and transporting oversized or specialty items.

Size of HomeEstimated Move DurationAverage Moving Cost
One-bedroom apartment3 to 5 hours$250 – $650
Two-bedroom apartment5 to 7 hours$520 – $900
Three-bedroom house7 to 10 hours$740 – $1350
Four-bedroom house10+ hours$1050 – $2,500+

If, in addition to your standard household items, you have some heavy or larger pieces, such as a pool table, hot tub, or piano, it’s important to understand that this could increase your moving costs by up to $1000. For pianos, if your movers have to use a crane this can cost you roughly $3,200, in addition to the price of moving the rest of your belongings.

There are also specific items that are bulky or heavier and can take up extra space in the moving truck. As a result, they will typically cost more to transport. Some of these items include:

  • Swing sets
  • Lawn equipment
  • Extra-large furniture pieces
  • Hot tubs
  • Motorcycles

If you need to have a car transported, you’ll either need to hire a separate auto transport company or look for a mover that offers this as a third-party service.

Factors that Impact Moving Costs – Ontario

Although the size of your home and the distance of your move are the major factors that go into moving costs calculations, there are some other factors that may influence your final cost. These include, but are not limited to:

Professional Packing Services

Generally speaking, the more work that you leave to the professionals, the higher your total moving cost is going to be. If you opt for a full-service move, this includes the packing, loading, unloading, and unloading of all your items. You can expect to pay roughly $500 more in hourly costs for a full-service local Ontario move. While this may sound like a lot of money, it’s a great option for those who don’t have the time to pack or simply want to enjoy the convenience of having their entire move taken care of.

Keep in mind that the cost of packing/unpacking services will differ based on the size of your home, and the specific items that need packing. Also, make sure that you check with your moving company about whether or not their quoted rate includes packing materials.

Pickup and Dropoff Locations

The conditions at the pickup and drop-off locations can often lead to extra charges if you and your moving company aren’t on the same page. More specifically, if there are any difficulties with regard to access. For example, you may be charged extra fees if the movers have to carry your items a long distance, go up or down a flight of stairs, or even use a window to haul things in and out.

This is exactly why it’s always recommended to have your movers visit both locations prior to moving day, if possible. Regardless, make sure that you are completely transparent about all the details that pertain to both the pickup and drop-off location.

The Time of Year

Since summer tends to be the busiest season for the moving industry, you’ll typically find the highest rates during this time. Moving during the summer is very popular and movers must raise their prices to compensate, sometimes twice as much. You can also expect moving costs to be higher during holidays. Therefore, if you’re looking to save money on your Ontario move, think carefully about timing and try to be as flexible as possible.

Moving Insurance Coverage

Licensed moving companies are typically required to carry some sort of basic liability coverage, which is roughly 60 cents per pound per item. If you desire coverage that is more comprehensive and covers the full cost of the item, you will pay more.

How to Cut Moving Costs – Ontario

As you are going through your moving cost calculations you’re likely going to have a strong desire to try to shave off as much as possible. With that said, there are a number of things that you can do to cut costs and still have an enjoyable moving experience.

  1. Handle the packing yourself. Pack all of your own belongings and disassemble your furniture before your movers arrive.
  2. Move during off-season. Plan your move so that it doesn’t fall during busy season for the moving industry – during the winter and avoiding holidays. Also, moving in the middle of the month can save you money, as movers tend to be busiest at the beginning and end of each month. You might be able to negotiate a slightly lower cost if you elect to move during the middle of the month.
  3. Determine your tax deductibles. Depending on your situation, you may be able to deduct some of your moving expenses from your taxes.

It’s important to keep in mind that every professional moving company calculates their costs a little differently. Don’t be afraid to gather quotes from multiple companies until you find the price that fits within your budget.

Ready to get the process started? Contact Three Men And A Truck today by filling out our convenient online request form and we’ll being your moving cost calculator, providing you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

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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