What’s the Cost to Move a 1 Bedroom Apartment?


The cost to move a 1-bedroom apartment will vary, depending on the amount of things you have, the services chosen, and the distance of the move. While a one-bedroom apartment seems like a small move, it can vary quite a bit.

Some one-bedroom apartments are only about 400 square feet, but others can be 1,000 square feet or even more. Maybe you live in a crowded place because you have a ton of things. If you own a lot of things, it will cost more to move your one-bedroom apartment compared to someone living with the bare minimum.

You can even have a one-bedroom apartment and own a piano or something else very large and heavy. Specialty items will also cause the cost to vary.

Moving companies will also take into consideration the access to your apartment. If you live on the first floor and they can easily access your apartment, the cost will be less compared to a one-bedroom apartment on the 10th floor with no elevator for moving things.

When you want to know the cost to move a 1-bedroom apartment, there are several factors to consider. Typically, a local move (less than 100 miles) will cost between $400 and $1,600 when you hire professional apartment movers. Longer distance moves (100 miles or more) will cost between $2,100 and $5,900.

If you rent a trailer or moving cubes instead of hiring a full-service moving company, it might be cheaper for a long-distance move. However, you’ll have to do the packing and unpacking with this type of company.

An Estimated Cost to Move a 1 Bedroom apartment

Let’s look at the estimated cost broken down into three categories for your one-bedroom move.

Sparse (you don’t own much stuff)

The cost to move a 1-bedroom apartment without much stuff will still vary based on the access to the apartment. Your estimated range is:

  • Easy Apartment Access – $400 to $450
  • Moderate Apartment Access – $450 to $500
  • Difficult Apartment Access – $500 to $550

This cost might be higher if you own any specialty items you need to move or you choose packing and unpacking services.

Moderate (you own a common amount of things)

If you own what would be considered an average amount of things in an average-sized one-bedroom apartment the cost to move your 1-bedroom apartment will be:

  • Easy Apartment Access – $500 to $700
  • Moderate Apartment Access – $600 to $800
  • Difficult Apartment Access – $700 to $900

This is just a general range for a local move if you own what is considered a rather normal amount of things for a one-bedroom apartment.

Jam-Packed (your apartment is filled up)

When the apartment is filled with things the move will be more expensive. This also goes for a larger one-bedroom apartment. The cost to move this type of one-bedroom apartment will be:

  • Easy Apartment Access – $800 to $1,000
  • Moderate Apartment Access – $900 to $1,100
  • Difficult Apartment Access – $1,100 to $1,300

The cost to move a 1-bedroom apartment will also go up if you choose carton packing for your items.

When you move long-distance, the cost will vary based on the distance. The further your things must go, the more it will cost. You will also pay extra for valuation insurance and full carton packing if you opt for these services.

While a one-bedroom apartment doesn’t seem like much to move, the cost can still vary quite a bit. The cost to move a 1-bedroom apartment will vary based on distance, amount of stuff, access, and the services you choose.

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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