As you prepare to start a new chapter in a new location, you’re faced with a move. Professional movers will make the process a breeze, from packing and loading your possessions to transporting and unloading them, and potentially unpacking and removing your boxes. But how much does it cost to move? What do the services include? That’ll all depend on your specific needs.
Every move is unique, and every homeowner needs different services from professional movers. How much it costs to move will depend on what services and professionals you hire. Below, we’ll break down the average costs for these moving services:
- Moving trucks.
- Packing services.
- Local movers.
- Long-distance movers.
- Full-service movers.
When you consider how much professional movers cost, you’ll need to factor in a few things. Your location may create higher or lower costs, but so could your home’s size and its number of bedrooms and if you have stairs. Consider how many items you own that you need to move, and prepare for a higher cost if you have plenty of bulky, fragile or specialty objects.
With all that in mind, you can start thinking about what services you need to discover the average moving costs that apply to you. Check out the approximate relocation fees below based on your needs to get a better idea of how much professional movers cost. From there, you can budget for your relocation and get a quote from a professional and experienced moving company.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Moving Truck?
To transport your possessions, you’ll need to know how much it costs to rent a moving truck. The price will depend on how the moving company charges you. There may be a $1 or less cost per mile under certain distances. You could have a cost per day that ranges between $20 to $100. If you have a large home and plenty of items, you may have to pay per trip — between $80 to $2,800. The specific cost for a moving truck or other vehicle varies with:
- What size the truck or van is: More items or larger pieces of furniture that you can’t disassemble mean you’ll need a larger moving truck. The cost of a bigger moving truck is higher than a smaller rental.
- How many trucks or trips you need: Speak with your moving company to discuss your options if you think one truck won’t hold your possessions. You may need to pay for a couple of trips or more than one moving truck.
- What distance the truck travels: Find out the pricing plan from your moving company. Do they charge per mile, and does that fee cap at a certain distance? Are there options to rent the truck by the hour, half-day or day instead?
- Whether you or a professional will drive the truck: You may not need a license to drive larger moving trucks yourself. But it’s safer and easier to leave it to the professionals, even if there is an extra fee.
- If you need car towing: This applies if you have more than one vehicle and you can’t drive them all to your new location with the movers. You may then need to pay for car towing, but you’ll have to see if your moving company offers that service.
The cost of renting a moving truck may also include fees in addition to the vehicle’s cost. Find out if you have to cover gas, mileage, taxes, a deposit or insurance fees. Account for those prices as you determine how much it costs to rent a moving truck.
Keep in mind what you can and can’t pack in a moving truck when you hire this service, such as jewelry, medications, collector coins and other valuable personal goods. You’ll need to save space in your vehicle or consider renting a larger vehicle to transport precious objects, collectibles or items that a moving company cannot pack and move.
With all this in mind, you might consider consulting with a mover to load the truck for you. A professional mover will be most capable of loading the truck efficiently. This will ensure the most secure travel environment for your belongings.
How Much Do Professional Packing Services Cost?
On average, packing services can cost anywhere between $60 to $100 an hour and up depending upon how many people are servicing your move. Packing is one of the most stressful parts of moving. Of special concern and not well known information is the fact that if you pack your items yourself, they are not insured…this is often considered “PBO” – packed by owner. It’s time-consuming because you want to pack everything correctly to avoid damaging your precious items. When you get professional packing services, you’re paying for the convenience, insurance on your packed items and the ease of a burden off your shoulders.
How much professional packing services will cost for you will depend on your possessions. If you have plenty of fragile, large or oddly shaped objects, the cost may increase. Your home’s size and the number of rooms you have also plays a role, as professionals will need to take care of each room appropriately.
How much you have to pay for professional packing services will also vary with the specific services you need. At David McCarthy Moving, we offer various professional packing services, including:
- Packing: This service includes the supplies, materials and labor employed for packing your items. You can then choose full or partial packing services, which will influence the overall cost.
- Crating and rigging: You’ll only need this service if you have industrial equipment, machinery or large objects. We provide a custom crate to hold your item and rigging to keep it stable and secure during the move.
- Self-packing: This is a more cost-effective option where we provide the packing materials. You’ll take on the task of packing your possessions, and we’ll wrap, load and unload them.
When you trust professional packing services to take care of your items, you’re paying for their labor, insurance on your packed items, and decades of experience. That experience translates to secure packing for anything from furniture to fragile objects, plus invaluable peace of mind during your move. Pick professionals based on your packing needs, whether you have fine art collections, antiques or musical instruments like a piano. While the price will go up for these specialty items, it’s worth it to keep those precious possessions safe during your relocation.
How Much Do Local Movers Cost?
With a local move, which is usually considered to be less than 100 miles, your fees generally won’t be as high. But the total cost of a local move will depend on the services you require, like a truck or packing. On average, hiring local movers could cost between $550 to $2,000. The price you pay will depend on how big your home is and how many items you have, among other factors. The costs to hire movers will change with the services you add on, including:
- Movers: Moving companies may charge an hourly fee per each mover you need. Those moving costs per hour could be anywhere between $90 to $120. You should also factor in a tip for each worker. Consider a $5 per hour tip for each professional.
- Packing: Factor in the cost of professional packing services, which you’ll need regardless of a local or long-distance move. Remember that moving a lot of items or objects that require special knowledge and packing will cost more.
- Transportation: Add in how much it costs to rent a moving truck for a local move. Because it’s a shorter distance, you won’t have to pay as much for gas as you would in a long-distance move. However, you could have to pay per mile.
Other add-ons that increase the cost of local moving services include specialized items and unpacking services. Decide if those extras would be worth it for your relocation based on the other factors that play into the price of a local move.
How Much Do Long-Distance Movers Cost?
Long-distance moves require more time from your movers and a longer drive if you rent a truck, which increases the move’s cost. A basic long-distance move of 100 miles or more could cost between $2,000 to $7,500. Whether your relocation is considered long-distance could depend on the moving company. They may classify certain distances, like 400 miles or higher, as a long-distance move instead. That could change the pricing format for the moving services you select, so be sure to consult with an individual moving company.
Again, the general overall cost for your move will depend on how big or small your house is and how much you own. You’ll have to account for the shipment weight of your belongings because a higher weight brings a higher moving cost. With that in mind, the price of a long-distance move will factor in:
- Movers: For a long-distance move, you likely won’t have to pay moving costs per hour. Instead, there may be a fee per day that could apply per mover. You should still tip them, but instead of doing it per hour, give each mover a gratuity in alignment with their time investment, effort, efficiency and your satisfaction.
- Transportation: A long-distance truck rental can cost between $500 and $1,700 just for the truck. For longer moves, a company may include the mileage cost in the total instead of charging per mile. Because of the long drive, though, you’ll want to avoid trips back and forth between your old and new locations. Rent more than one truck if needed or go through your belongings to pare down what you have to transport.
If you’re moving across the country with thousands of miles between locations, going longer distances means paying higher prices. Base prices without any extra services can vary significantly from mover to mover. Consideration is given to time required to load and unload, packing expense and time (often completed simultaneous with loading), oversized items, piano, artwork, long driveways, potential shuttle requirements, potential crane service, etc.
How Much Do Full-Service Movers Cost?
Full-service moving costs cover everything you need for your move. Full-service professional movers offer services from start to finish, which impacts the total cost of your relocation. A full-service move is convenient, but with so many add-on options, the average price varies significantly. Full-service moving costs will vary based on what services are selected for your move as well as the distance between your originating location and your destination. Benefits include:
- Offering packing supplies and materials: Full-service movers seldom include packing materials and supplies in their services yet will offer them at an extra cost. Getting the materials from a moving company is a convenience — you don’t have to source your own supplies.
- Packing your belongings: Remember that packing is time-consuming and stressful, especially when you’re not an experienced mover. Professionals make quick yet careful work of the packing process and often include this option in full-service moving packages. Be sure to ask your mover is your self-packed items are going to be insured.
- Loading the truck: Professionals will know the best way to arrange your packed items in a truck for safe transportation. They’ll secure your objects so these will be safe no matter how far you’re moving.
- Unloading the truck: Just as professional movers brought your packaged belongings onto the moving truck, they’ll unload them. That saves you time and effort, eliminating another potential stressor from your move.
- Disassembling and reassembling furniture: If you have bulky furniture that can be disassembled, full-service movers can take it apart to remove it from your home and transport it to the new location. They may even offer reassembling services, taking furniture to the appropriate room to put it back together.
- Unpacking your belongings: Some moving companies offer unpacking services. They’ll either help with or take over the unpacking process, and all you’ll have to do is provide direction for what you want where.
- Disposing of the packing materials: Don’t worry about recycling boxes or disposing of packing supplies. A full-service moving company can take care of that for you, removing yet another stressor from your plate during your move.
Full-service moving costs are worth paying for many homeowners. Professionals eliminate the stressful and time-consuming parts of relocating. All you have to focus on is transporting any valuables or objects a moving company can’t. You then get to relax during your move and think about how excited you are to begin a new chapter of your life.
A full-service moving option could be an excellent choice for senior moves. Packing, loading and unloading belongings could be difficult or impossible for seniors. Instead, let a trustworthy moving company handle the heavy lifting and moving for a senior relocation.
Contact David McCarthy Moving for a Free Quote
Every move has different needs, and because of that, everyone’s moving costs will be different. At David McCarthy Moving, we’ll strive to focus on your needs and create a quote based on what you find most appropriate for your move. Our guaranteed pricing helps you understand how much it will cost to move with our expert services.
Our full-time employees, company-owned equipment and fully licensed and insured operations mean you get reliable moving and packing services. We can provide any level of service you need, from a truck rental load and/or unload or a move across town to a full-service cross-country move. Our headquarters are located in Bradenton, Florida, but we proudly service the entire U.S. with commercial and residential relocations.
Contact us today for a free quote. Learn how we at David McCarthy Moving can offer you a stress-free moving experience at all levels.