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How Much Does It Cost To Move In The Same City

Published by Chris Townsend

How Much Does It Cost To Move In The Same City

Average Cost of Same City Movers

cost to move within the same city

When you need to move in the same city, the average cost for 2 guys and a truck is quite different compared to a long-distance move. A same-city move is usually under 50 miles, which means it can be handled at a lower cost. Let’s look at some of the factors impacting the cost to move within the same city, along with some cost examples.

Factors Impacting Same City Moving Costs

The main factors impacting the cost of any move will include:

  • The distance of the local move
  • The amount of stuff you need to move
  • The amount of time it will take to move your home
  • Any larger or fragile items needing to be moved
  • The type of moving company you choose

Costs For A Moving Truck

If you rent a moving truck, the distance will impact your moving cost, to an extent. You will usually pay a daily fee, along with a fee for the mileage you drive. However, the mileage fee isn’t very high, so it will only have a small impact on your moving costs.

Hourly Rates For Same City Moves

The same city moving costs won't be impacted as much by the distance. When you hire a moving company, they will likely charge you based on an hourly movers rate and the number of professional movers you need to help you. The hourly moving rates are determined based on the no. of movers and no. of moving trucks you need. The table below shows hourly rates for moves within the same city.

No. Of Movers No. Of Moving Trucks Average Hourly Moving Rate
Two One $100 per hour
Three One $145 per hour
Four One $190 per hour
Four Two $200 per hour

The things you need to move will have a big impact on the cost of your move. If you need to move a studio apartment it will cost less than moving a four-bedroom home. Since your belongings will take up more space, you either need to rent a larger truck or pay more movers for more work, whether it's adding to the crew or it takes the crew longer to handle loading and unloading your things. If you don't hire more movers and larger truck for when you have more belongings, the time taken for the move will increase.

Additional Costs Of Moving

same city moving costs

Along with these moving costs, you will also need to factor in packing supplies, insurance, any fuel you need to buy, and other fees. However, when you see the average cost of moving in the same city, it will likely only refer to a professional moving company or a rental truck. Full service movers will cost you more than normal movers.

Other factors that can contribute to a higher hourly rate for your local move include logistical challenges, such as stairs, narrow hallways, steep driveways, difficult parking situations, lack of elevators, and fragile items that require careful handling. Overall, anything that makes your move longer or more physically demanding can increase the overall cost. How a moving company charges for obstacles will vary from mover to mover. While some have set rates for things like stairs, others may simply factor it into the hourly rate.

What is the Average Cost To Move Within The Same City

According to RamseySolutions.com, the average cost of moving to the same city is $240 to $1,440. This cost is based on a studio apartment at $240, on average, and a three-bedroom home at $1,440, on average. We also move four bedroom apartment. The table below gives a better idea about the same city moving costs.

Home Size Estimated Time to Complete Number of Movers Average Cost Range
Studio apartment 3 to 4 hours 2 movers $240 to $320
One-bedroom home 4 to 5 hours 2 movers $350 to $400
Two-bedroom home 5 to 6 hours 3 movers $600 to $720
Three-bedroom home 8 to 9 hours 4 movers $1,280 to $1,440

This is a pretty wide range and is just an average moving cost. The best way to find out how much your move will cost is to actually get a quote, whether online, over the phone, or in person. With a true moving quote, you will know how much it costs to rent a moving truck or hire a full-service moving company.

Whether you need to move a studio apartment or a massive house, hiring a moving company is a good way to take some of the work off your plate. Many moving companies will even offer packing and unpacking services at an additional fee.

Even if you simply want to rent a truck and hire labor to handle the heavy lifting, getting a quote is the best way to find out how much your move in the same city will cost. The average cost of moving in the same city gives you a range, but it cannot predict all the other expenses you will need to pay for when moving.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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