How much does a moving company cost?

Average cost in : $85 /hr See National


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The average cost for a mover is $85/hr. You are likely to spend between $70 and $105 per hour. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated June 1st, 2017

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Any move that covers a distance of 50 or fewer miles, is categorized as "local moving." A full-service move can include boxing or packing up a home, loading, moving, unloading and unpacking. Simple moving services might just be helping someone unload a truckful of items into a storage unit.


Many movers charge by the hour, with the hourly rate increasing as more movers or moving trucks are needed. For example, hourly rates at Texas Elite Moving range from $100 to $250, depending on what exact services are needed.

Rooms in house

In general, the larger the house, the higher the moving cost. Seasoned movers can provide an estimate for moving costs based on the number and type of rooms in a house, although estimates may increase based on the number of boxes and other variables.


Full-service moving includes a moving truck and moving boxes, labor for packing household items into boxes, loading boxes into the moving truck, driving boxes and furniture to the new location, and unloading boxes into the new home. Unpacking items from boxes in the new home is generally not included and can count as an additional cost. Here are examples of costs for a standard move and a full-service move from Texas Elite Moving:

  • Full-service on a three-bedroom house: Three people packing for approximately four hours and five or six hours of loading, moving and unloading time = $1,000–$1,500

  • Standard moving service on a three-bedroom house: Three people and five or six hours of loading, moving and unloading time = $500–$1,000


Stairs at the initial move site or the new destination can increase moving costs because they require more work for movers and present more possibility of injury or damage.


When movers are hired solely to assist with packing, loading and unpacking, the costs will be less than if a moving truck is also requested.

Specialty moving

Moving specialty items such as pianos and billiards tables, disassembling and reassembling furniture, and moving heavy items are auxiliary tasks that require extra work and may increase the cost of local moving.


Travel may impact the price for local moving costs. Some companies don’t charge mileage unless the distance is over 50 miles, while others do. Confirm the specifics of how distance is handled in the contract before signing. For example, Texas Elite Moving’s base local moving fee is $100 per hour, and the company does not charge for mileage if the distance covered is under 50 miles. Once the 50 mile mark is reached, however, a mileage fee kicks in.

Cost strategies

Packing all boxes ahead of time and having everything organized, well-labeled and easily accessible for pickup will reduce overall cost if you pay by the hour.

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The Movers 123

My move: 1 bedroom down a half flight of stairs and into a two bedroom condo up half a flight of stairs. Truck parking was very close to both doors. I gave Kingsley a detailed list of the items I had to move and the number of flights of stairs at each location so that he could provide me an over the phone estimate. First things first, the good: -Kingsley was pretty good at getting back to me about when his crew was available. -The movers were very hard workers and did not mess around or waste anytime. Also they are very kind and polite. -No hidden or undisclosed fees (more on that below) Now for the not so great things: -I had to call Kingsley the morning of the move because no one was at my place at 7am (the start time). And no it was not a sliding window for starting. It was a set 7am start time as per my conversation with Kingsley. -Finally got a call from the movers at 7:30am saying "ohh we're late we will be there between7:30-8am". Well they showed up at 8:30am after another phone call indicating that they had no gas in the truck and needed a friend to go get them some money so they could fill up the truck because the guy forgot his wallet in Tooele. -Was estimated that my move time would take between 2-3 hours. It took 4 hours. I understand it is just an estimate but that took my move cost from $170 to $310 which is almost a doubling in cost. -At the end of the move the movers requested that I pay in cash. They said it was because their boss was slow to pay them and they wanted to get paid quickly. I found this to be completely unprofessional and made me very uncomfortable. Despite not starting anywhere near on time, the estimated moving time off by double the time, and then the weird cash payment request there was absolutely no offer of a discount towards they final bill which to me would not have been such a crazy idea. Hey you want to have satisfied customers? Then start on time, be good at estimating a moving job, and don't ask for cash at the end. Reason for the average rating instead of poor: They didn't break anything, they worked hard once they arrived, and they were very polite. The reason its not a good or excellent experience- Late 1.5 hours, off the estimated move time by double, and made a undisclosed cash payment request in the end. I probably would not use this moving company again. If you go with them definitely be the first of the day. All the people after me were delayed at least by 1.5 hr (delay in the morning) as well as the fact that it took them twice as long as they estimated.

Mike's Moving

The two movers that were here to move my heavy furniture were on time and did a great job of making sure everything was protected. No scratches or dings on anything. Put all my desks and beds back together and never saw them goofing off or stopping for any breaks. Not sure I agree with the "out of town" move cost which cost me more and had to pay for them to drive home but under 50 miles should be considered in town. Especially if I had to pay for them to drive back to the office.

Ally Moving LLC

Ally movers did an excelkent job.Carlis and his helo was great! They were professional, efficient and very careful with miving my items and they even helped me pack up some of my things. I would gladly recommend Ally movers to any one who would like professional movers at a very cost efficient price with no hidden fees or extra cost...