Moving Cost Per Pound: What Will You Pay?

Moving Cost Per Pound: How Much Will You Pay?


Moving companies charge in a few different ways and one of the ways is the moving cost per pound. Some will charge based on the hours and size of crew you need, but a portion of the bill, usually the freight, might be calculated based on the weight of your goods.

When you need to move your things from one location to another, it may cost more for a heavier load compared to a lighter load. It’s common to pay your moving company based on the weight, the amount of space, or by the hour and size of the crew. Let’s look at how moving cost per pound works and what you can expect.

Moving Costs Per Pound for Long Distance Moves

Movers charging based on weight is more common with long-distance moves than local moves. You might pay based on the weight only or on top of an hourly rate. If you plan to have movers pack and load for you, it’s common to pay an hourly rate and a per pound rate.

The average moving costs per pound has a range from about $0.35 to $1.50 per pound. Breaking this down by the size of your move comes out to a moving cost per pound of about:

  • Studio Apartment (approx. 1,800 pounds) – $630 to $2,700
  • One-bedroom Apartment (2,200 to 3,200 pounds) – $770 to $4,800
  • Two-bedroom Apartment (5,000 to 6,000 pounds) – $1,750 to $9,000
  • 3-4 Bedroom Home (9,000 to 12,000 pounds) – $3,150 to $18,000

The cost will obviously change with more weight. It will also change based on the distance the goods must travel. The further your things have to go, the higher the moving cost per pound.

Paying for Shipping

The moving cost per pound is basically paying for shipping or freight shipping. You are paying a company to move your good from one location to another. This may only be a portion of your moving bill, depending on the other services you choose.

Companies charging based on the weight of your goods might allow you to pack up a portion of a large semi-truck trailer. You may pay per pound or based on the space in this scenario. However, you may also need to pay other fees based on the type of move you desire.

Paying for Additional Moving Services

You may also need to pay for additional moving services on top of the moving cost per pound. These services might include:

  • Packing and unpacking
  • Loading and unloading
  • Furniture disassembly and assembly
  • Moving of specialty items
  • Moving of heavy, bulk items

Depending on what you need to move, you may need additional services. If you choose additional moving services, you will likely pay a per hour rate and potentially a moving cost per pound, depending on the moving company.

Before you choose a moving company for a local or long-distance move, make sure you understand the cost. You should know if you will pay by the hour, by the crew member, by the space needed, or a moving cost per pound.

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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