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How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

Published by Chris Townsend

How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

Although hiring professional movers can be a significant expense, many will tell you that it is well-worth it. Having to plan and execute a relocation is labor-intensive, time-consuming and physically and mentally exhausting. Hiring professional movers to manage your entire move can take a huge amount of stress off your plate.

So, how much do professional movers cost? This is likely one of the first questions you’ll find yourself asking when you’re weighing the options between DIYing the move or hiring it done. Each relocation is unique and the actual price you will pay varies based on a number of factors. However, let’s explore some estimates and help give you a rough idea of what it may cost you to hire professional movers.

What Affects the Cost of Moving?

When you’re trying to calculate how much it will cost to hire movers, it’s important that you consider all of the factors that impact the moving price. Here are some of the considerations you should keep in mind:

  1. Moving date. While this may come at a surprise, the specific date that you move can impact how much your professional movers cost. Follow these guidelines when you’re selecting your moving date:
  • Avoid moving on the weekend. Saturday and Sundays tend to be in high demand for moving companies. Moving Monday through Thursday is almost always more affordable.
  • Plan the move during the morning hours.
  • If possible, avoid moving in late spring or summer. Peak season for the moving industry is May to September. This is the time of the year where most families are moving because of school schedules and activities. At this time, college students are also moving back home for the summer or returning to school. Because of the high demand during this time frame, most professional movers charge higher rates.
  • Try to aim for a moving date that is in the middle of the month. Most leases start at end at either the beginning or end of the month, making this another busy time for moving companies.
  1. Moving services. The cost to hire professional movers is hugely affected by the number of movers needed (labor), the services required, and any additional add-ons. Packing and unpacking services and the disassembling and reassembling of furniture are often extra services that cost more. Other add-ons provided by the mover included mattress bags, stretch wrap and felt pads. In most cases, these materials are factored into the original quote, but always make sure that you check!
  2. Size of your move. Do you have a large home or just a lot of stuff? Not only will the move take much longer to execute, the shipment of your possessions is also heavier. When it comes to long distance moves, the weight of your belongings directly correlates with the cost of your professional movers. As a general rule of thumb, the more possessions you have to move, the more expensive your move will be.
  3. Moving supplies. When calculating the price of your move, don’t neglect the cost of the moving supplies you’ll likely have to purchase. When moving, you will need to acquire cardboard boxes, plastic bins, packing paper, and any other supplies specific to your relocation. These costs can add up rather quickly so be sure to determine exactly how much you need. Keep in mind, though, that if you purchase a packing service from your moving company, the supplies are usually provided in the price for this add-on. However, although packing services are convenient, you can expect to pay an extra few hundred dollars or more.
  4. Travel fees. Travel fees are one factor that often goes unnoticed and can add up rather quickly – especially for long distance relocations. Your professional movers should include the travel fees in your original moving quote. These fees factor in the labor costs for the time that it takes to transport your household goods from your current home to your new home. They also take into account fuel costs along the way. For local moves, you can usually expect the travel fee to be the equivalent of one hour of work.
  5. Liability and valuation coverage. If you’re hiring professional movers for your relocation, you will most likely need to purchase some kind of liability coverage. That way your items are protected if the unexpected occurs. Most companies offer different levels of protection including: Basic Release Value Protection and Full Value Protection. You also may want to acquire additional insurance from a third-party if you feel the coverage with your moving company is not sufficient enough.
  6. Gratuity for your movers. When you’re considering all of the expenses involved in hiring professional movers, don’t forget to budget for gratuity. Many, if not all, customers want to reward their movers for an excellent job. Moving is hard work and if you feel that the services provided were up to your standards, you should thank them with a nice tip. The industry standard for gratuity is tipping 5% of the total moving cost. Or, you could choose to tip based on a flat fee than by percentage. It all comes down to your individual preference.

How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

With all of this in mind, how much do professional movers actually cost? Let’s break it down based on the two types of moves: local moves and long-distance moves. The following are just estimates based on past moving examples and the actual price will vary based on your unique moving situation.

  • Local Moves: The average cost to move locally, or within the same state, is roughly $1,250. This estimate is based on a two to three-bedroom home at approximately 7,500 pounds. If you have a smaller home, you’ll likely require less movers which will lower the labor costs. The cost of a local move is generally based on a flat dollar amount per hour, per mover and the number of movers you need will depend on the size of your home. However, in some states, if you are moving over fifty miles, the moving cost is based on the weight of the shipment. All in all, the cost to hire professional movers locally differs based on whether or not you are being charged a flat rate or an hourly rate.
  • Long Distance Moves: Long distance relocations mean that you are moving from one state to another. The price of an interstate move is largely based on the weight of your possessions. However, other factors that go into the price of a long-distance move include the labor, insurance, distance traveled, and any additional services purchased. The average cost to move long distance is $4890. This estimate is based on a two to three-bedroom home at approximately 7,500 pounds and a distance of 1,000 miles.

If your moving company is charging you a flat rate, make sure to ask for a binding not-to-exceed estimate. This ensures that when your belongings arrive, you won’t have to pay any more than the originally established price.

In search of professional movers for your local or long-distance move? Look no further than Three Movers for the job! Give us a call today for your free, no-obligation moving quote and find out how you could save up to 20% on your next relocation.

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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