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How Much is a Moving Truck and Movers?

Published by Chris Townsend

Asking how much it costs for a moving truck and movers is a trick question. There are a variety of factors that play into the costs of hiring a moving company to move your belongings. Luckily for you, Three Movers are upfront with their quotes and what moving will cost you. Not all moving companies will be that straight forward with you.

The Size of the Move Matters

The amount of belongings matter when you are planning a move. A four-bedroom house will have more belongings than a studio apartment would. Figuring out the amount of manpower and the size of the truck needed to move your possessions are important in determining the price you will pay for a moving service.

As a general rule, most moving companies will set up a time to do a walk-through or video tour of the items you require moved. The tour helps the moving company determine the number of moving professionals and the size of the truck that will be needed to complete the move in as few trips as possible, saving you money.

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Studio Apartment

Moving from a studio apartment should only take two moving professionals three to four hours using a regular-sized moving truck. The process of loading, transporting, and unloading should run close to $200. The amount does not include if you opted for additional full-service options.

Two-Bedroom Apartment or House

Most two-bedroom apartments or houses are close to 1000 square feet in size. Most moving companies will assign three moving professionals to a move of this size. They should be able to complete the relocation in a matter of five to six hours, depending on how far the new location is. A move of this size will cost around $450.

Three-Bedroom Apartment or House

A house or apartment of this size runs close to 2000 square feet in size. For anything with three-bedrooms and up, most moving companies are going to assign four moving professionals to the job. Depending on the number of items you have to move, more than one truck may have to be utilized. You can expect to pay around $900 for a move this size, and it will take up to nine hours to complete.

Four-Bedrooms or More

Anything above a three-bedroom house or apartment, you can expect to cost well over $1200, depending on the number of rooms and the amount of furniture. A move like this may involve more moving professionals, depending on the situation and the availability of the company. The size of the home is an excellent reason to have the in-home estimate performed to receive an accurate quote.

Additional Moving Expenses

A lot of moving companies, like Three Movers, offer full-service moving solutions. If you plan on making use of these exclusive amenities, you will need to make sure that they are included in your quote.

Additional Help

For every extra worker you plan on hiring, you may be looking at an additional $25 per hour for each extra worker involved in your move. The extra payment may be worth it if you require getting your move done quicker than the normal time frame.

Packing and Unpacking

A lot of full-service moving operations will offer the additional help of professional packing and unpacking services. These services can often cost an additional $25 to $35 an hour extra. The service comes in handy when you do not have time to get your items packed before your scheduled move. Most of these packing professionals can get your home ready for the move in as little as a day, which can help you reduce your stress levels during the move.

You don’t have to choose for the packing and unpacking services, and you can always go for partial packing services. These services are when specific items, like fragile items or large furniture, are specially packed by professionals. The process makes it easier when unpacking and making sure that those items that are unreplaceable are kept safe.


There is nothing in a contract that requires you to tip your moving professionals. However, when you are receiving a good or service from other businesses, most people tip for excellent service, the moving industry should be no different. Learn more about tipping your movers here.

Most people stick to an amount of $5 per moving specialist per hour. The amount will roughly equate to 10-15% of the total moving bill. This is just a general rule of thumb, and you are free to tip what you want or not at all.

Don’t make the mistake of handing one lump sum to one worker and expect that they will distribute it among the other moving specialists. If you are giving out cash, make sure that you are handing it to each member of the moving crew individually.

Special Considerations

If you are not moving locally, you must know long-distance moves are factored based on mileage and weight. The larger the home and items, the more it will cost to move them a further distance than if you were moving across town. The average amount is often calculated at around $.70 per one pound of household goods.

  • Studio Apartment (approximately 1800 pounds)
    • At a distance of 1000 miles, you can expect to pay around $1200.
  • One-Bedroom Apartment (approximately 2200-3200 pounds)
    • At a distance of 1000 miles, you can expect to spend $1500 to $2200.
  • Two-Bedroom Apartment or House (approximately 5000-6000 pounds)
    • At a distance of 1000 miles, you can expect to pay around $3500 to $4200.
  • Three-Bedrooms and Up (approximately 9000 pounds and up)
    • At a distance of 1000 miles, the total cost could be $6300 and up.


Your belongings are already covered by the moving company’s general liability insurance, which covers goods at approximately $.60 per pound of household goods. When you are moving higher-priced items, you may want to insure them for even more under a premium moving insurance plan. The insurance can be added to your quote so that you know what you will be paying for the move.

Choosing A Company You Can Trust

It is essential to choose a company with years of experience in the moving industry. Three Movers have been in business for over two decades and bring only the best experience and satisfaction when handling moves for their customers.

No matter where you live and where you need to move, make sure you call Three Movers for a quote for your move today!

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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